Some big updates are coming to Find Your Calling. First, this week we are releasing a new feature that allows employers to provide their own insight on occupations to help students gain real-world knowledge of careers.
Next, in early April we will update the education pages to feature enhanced, detailed data on colleges and universities so that students can better understand education and training options for the hundreds of careers within Find Your Calling.
Improved education data is a key piece of our solution to a serious problem for students: figuring out what college to attend and what degree to pursue. A recent article in TIME observes:
The problem is that we don’t yet have good enough information about which colleges and programs offer the best bang for students’ often-borrowed buck. Gauging your odds of transferring or completing college or measuring the return on investment for your credential is challenging because critical data are not readily available for all types of students or institutions.
The data will help students understand (1) the demand and earnings for specific careers and (2) the costs of programs at specific colleges and universities. This creates a simple cost / benefit perspective for various career paths.
Here’s a quick preview of some of the new data elements we will be incorporating.
1. Cost by Family Income – The amount of tuition you pay is highly dependent on your family income. We’ve got the data to help you calculate actual costs.
2. Acceptance Rate and Test Scores – It’s important to know how hard it might be to get into the school of your choice. This is very often based on the quality of your test scores.
3. Student Debt – Another huge criteria is student debt. FYC’s new data gives great insight on the amount of debt that students typically carry after they graduate from each school. Certainly an important consideration before you enroll!
4. Majors and Sorting Education – The new education page lets you sort colleges and universities based on a number of important criteria like graduates, tuition, acceptance rate, and student loan amounts.