College or career? It’s not just about grades anymore. 

Our effort to provide career exploration that inspires data-driven
career choices is mission critical to economic stability.

Did you know?

42%

42% of recent college graduates work in jobs that do not require a college degree.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

79%

79% of 18 to 29-year-olds agreed that “it is more important to enjoy my job than to make a lot of money.”

Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults

47%

47% of employed Americans say their job is just what they do for a living.

Pew Research Center

What does this mean for high schoolers?

With record-high graduation rates, along with the largest decrease of those graduates applying to college, many of them elected not to attend college without any career exploration. In the aggregate, a continuous introduction of high school graduates into the workforce without clear, actionable career interests will inevitably lead to a decrease of productivity in the form of high turnover—and driven by un-fulfillment.

What does this mean for college students?

For those high school graduates that do attend college, we strongly believe that their lack of career exploration is playing a major role of why half of them have jobs that do not require a degree. The absence of clear, actionable career interests before applying to college often leads to multiple degree-major changes and unnecessary student loan debt.

What does this mean for everyday people?

Although well intended, the rush to equip the unemployed and underemployed with technical skills and specialized training without career exploration is shortsighted. While many may celebrate an expedited workforce, we caution long-term attrition, flat retention rates, and wasted resources. In many cases, the gratefulness of obtaining a new skill and employment from new hires is often confused with having relief from the pressure of needing any type of job.

Did you also know?
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Millennial turnover alone costs the U.S. economy $30.5 billion annually.

Gallup

$14.9K

The average annual cost per bad hire among U.S. companies was $14,900.

Career Builder

74%

Seventy-four percent of employers said that they’ve hired the wrong person.

Career Builder

2/3

Two-thirds of employees said that they have taken a job that was a bad fit.

Career Builder

What does this mean for employers?

More than ever, bad hiring decisions are having a major impact on business success. Hiring the wrong person can not only have negative financial implications, but can also impact productivity and company culture. Whether the unfortunate hire compromised the team’s quality of work, or inspired disengagement of other employees, we believe there are several crucial, pre-hire data points that will proactively aide in managing risks.