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What do you want to be When You Grow Up?

Developer description

WYGU addresses some of the fundamental problems in the current careers market by offering a ... More

Editor's review

Published 8 Nov 2011

The social history of employment is an interesting topic in that it didn’t really change much for the vast majority of people until fairly recently.

In times gone by if you were a boy and your father worked down a coal mine the chances were that you’d end up down there too. If you happened to be a girl well there wasn’t many options other than to be a housewife or perhaps go into service. The same probably applies for the building trades, market porters and those that worked the land unless of course you happened to catch the eye of a generous patron.

These days, the fact that everyone has access to higher levels of education means that job expectations are higher too. Having said that there are surprisingly still a large number of people out there doing a job for which they have no real idea why they’re doing it.

Wygu.com (short for When You Grow Up) aims to help these people out along with those that are only just about to dip a toe into the frightening waters of the career market. As the name suggests, we all had high-flying ambitions when we were children so why should that change when we get older only to see us settle for the first thing that comes up?

Matching people to their perfect job is not an easy science but wgyu.com claims to have the software and "ground breaking algorithms that give unparalleled results and accuracy." That’s probably enough information to tell you that a fairly detailed set of questions will need answering in order to get up and running. That said, the answers will apparently show you what careers you’re most suited to and what areas you need to brush up on to stand a chance with any you have your eye on.

The site does much more than just point you in the right direction and should be seen as social network for careers advice, mentoring and education. With a profile page set up you can access and add to a wide range of information about careers and particular companies along with tips on how to get into them and likely salary ranges.

You can also join in discussions with others in a particular field and form groups and generally build up a network of useful contacts. The mentoring aspect is also high on the list of priorities with this site and anyone signing up can take advantage of the wisdom available. Better still, if you’re lucky enough to enjoy waking up on Monday’s then become a mentor yourself and show people how it’s done.

If you’re stuck in a rut or facing the job jungle for the first time then you’ll need all the help you can get. This freebie might just give you the edge you need to get a job that you actually want to do.

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