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Data-Driven Career Counseling

Help prospective educators use workforce data to make career decisions. 


University of Maryland Global Campus

In 2018, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) launched Steppingblocks, an innovative online career exploration platform that employs data-driven methods. This platform grants students entry to a suite of tools including the Career Path Explorer, Institutional Outcomes Explorer, and Tuition Analyzer. Through Steppingblocks, students review national and institutional career statistics, interpret hiring patterns of alumni, and compute payback periods as well as overall college expenses. Impressively, between 2019 and 2020, UMGC user adoption surged by 347%. Beyond that, the platform establishes a strong pipeline of talent, connecting graduates with a wide array of employers based on their majors. It further suggests skill training based on the specific demands of employers and facilitates connections between accomplished alumni and current students for mentorship on career matters.; 

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