For decades, students’ self-reported interests have served as schools’ primary career guidance method. The results of these interest surveys hinge upon students’ familiarity with various occupations and work settings. However, very few students have the career exposure necessary to obtain reliable guidance from these surveys. The result is a talent pool that is being directed away from the modern economy and in-demand career fields.
YouScience analyzed the Top 50 career recommendations for a group of more than 11,400 students based on both interest-only and aptitude-only recommendations. Looking at interests alone, 0% of recommendations directed students toward high-demand careers like engineering and technology – but more than half of aptitude-based recommendations point students toward these careers.
A lack of exposure and unfounded bias are misdirecting students – leading them away from high-wage, high-demand careers. Aptitude measures cut through the exposure gap and uncover a larger pool of candidates with the ability to fill workforce needs.
In a study of more than 11,400 students, the aptitude assessments of YouScience uncovered 3.4x more female students and 2.1x more minority students with the aptitudes for high-demand industries (like technology, manufacturing, construction and healthcare) than those who reported an interest.
In a recent study, the Metro Atlanta Chamber uncovered a talent gap of Applications Software Developers. Based on the YouScience results of more than 10,000 Atlanta-area students, we identified those who possess the aptitudes needed to excel in this high-demand career – including 10x the number of young women with the aptitudes vs the number who reported an interest.
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