This March, there’s two reasons to rejoice if you’re an educator. One reason is the knowledge that the US job market is finally becoming favorable for job-seekers, boding well for your students’ future. The current boom in the job market means that your students can have their pick of jobs, provided they have the right set of skills. And we’re certain that you’re already preparing your students to score the best jobs by teaching them the right skills and imparting career enhancement training. But, the existing abundance of jobs in the market may not necessarily be the best thing for your students.
Students and their analysis paralysis
We’re sure you’re familiar with the term, ‘analysis paralysis’. It is a state of indecisive inaction when presented with an abundance of comparable alternative actions. In such circumstances, it feels like it’s better to have fewer choices than a lot of them, as having too many options makes it harder to analyze and decide upon the best one with certainty. Students facing analysis paralysis is not a new occurrence caused due to the recent influx of jobs, or the growth of technology.
A majority of students have always been uncertain while attempting to decide the right path to take, careerwise. Since some skills can be applied to a variety of roles, students want to make sure they want to choose the best job possible. They want to make sure they have analyzed all the options possible. This makes students wait too long looking for options until they rush into a job that they dislike. And sometimes, since these students go for such jobs out of desperation, they may even settle for substandard terms of employment.
The analysis paralysis epidemic among students only becomes more rampant when the job market gets to the state it is in now. With more jobs available now than in the last few decades, students now have to choose between a wider pool of career options. Ideally, a problem of plenty shouldn’t be a bad problem to have, until you don’t have the proper means to analyze your plentiful options. And college students—most of whom are burdened with student loans—would be the least likely to have the means for such analysis.
Even career services teams of the best universities find it hard to perform a comprehensive analysis of the job market to know all the different opportunities available for students pursuing different majors and having certain skills. This is compounded by the fact that different companies use different names for different roles, making it even harder to link skills to different roles. This increases the likelihood of students and career services officers missing out on opportunities that would be perfect for specific students.
So, to sum the problem up, what causes analysis paralysis in students is a combination of:
- a high volume of jobs,
- a lack of reliable, comprehensive knowledge about the job market, and
- the inability to identify and filter the most suitable jobs.
This brings us to the second reason why educators (and even students) should celebrate this March.
Analytics-based career exploration for students
Talismatic, having identified the causes of analysis paralysis in students, and other inhibiting factors that lead to less than successful careers has now released an analytics-based online career exploration tool for students. The tool combines the use of historical as well as real-time employment data to paint an accurate, comprehensive picture of the American job market. By providing solid, data-backed insights into the state of the job market, and helping both educators and students to identify current hiring trends, Talismatic facilitates the process of career exploration for students.
The online career exploration tool uses job market data gathered from thousands of employers across the US and delivers the results of the analysis to students via an easy-to-understand, easy-to-use interface. This allows students to find out, out of all the job opportunities available across the country, which ones are most well suited for them. To know this, all they have to do is enter the set of skills they possess or the courses they have completed and wait for the application to do the rest. Students can identify the best jobs for any combination of skills, educational backgrounds, experience level, industry, and location to find jobs tailored just for them.
Using Talismatic’s online career exploration tool, students, guided by their university’s career services teams, can easily determine the best career options based on their skills, interests, and preferences. Since the ‘analysis’ part is taken care of, students won’t have to experience the ‘paralysis’ while going for their dream jobs. So, if you’re serious about ridding your students of their career paralysis, make sure to include Talismatic’s online career exploration tool in your career enhancement training strategy.