Myverse launches free tool matching high school students to successful career paths while reducing the rate of college dropouts and cost of recruiting
(SAN JOSE, CALIF.) September 29, 2015- Two of the biggest issues facing higher education institutions are the 48% dropout rate within the first two years of college and the increasing cost and difficulty of recruiting students.
The good news is that there is a solution. Myverse, a start-up based in San Jose, CA, now matches high school students to careers. In less than a minute and with 90% accuracy, a simple quiz psychometrically matches individual students to their top five careers. Myverse then presents students a video of matched careers and matches them to majors. The program then matches students to a vocational school, community college, or university based on their results, effectively eliminating student stress and anxiety around the age-old question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”
A majority of high school students enter college undecided about their majors. Experts believe this indecision is a leading cause of dropouts within their first two years, costing $4.5 billion a year in lost income and federal and state taxes.
Also, recruiting and retaining students to traditional higher ed programs is becoming harder due to online degrees, reduced recruiting budgets, and teens rethinking higher ed because of high costs and uncertain job prospects.
Myverse is a guiding light for college admissions staff and recruiters looking to help students start college on the right foot and prevent dropouts and major changes. It also serves as a recruiting tool, potentially saving higher ed institutions hundreds of thousands of dollars in recruiting cost by matching students to colleges shown to fit their interests and career path. The web-based platform provides students with videos highlighting each career path and recommends colleges, allowing the student to learn more about their individual results.
“Myverse provides a fun, yet reliable, color quiz that speaks the language of today’s 21st century, tech-savvy students. Free for students of any age to use, we have set out to revolutionize the way students and educators look at education,” said Wayne Sharp, Myverse’s founder.
Currently, 50-70% of college students change their major at least once, some changing at least three times before graduation to match current job trends. Myverse helps students make informed academic decisions by pinpointing what they’re naturally good at, informing them of what jobs they are suited to, and guiding them into a college and major they will enjoy — leading to a career they not only like, but also excel in.
“Secondary education shouldn’t be about getting through the next paper or the next final exam. It’s bigger than that. It’s about finding a career that best suits each individual, leading to overall success for a lifetime. Myverse provides the starting point in this quest for students and those helping them along the way,” said Sharp.
To learn more about Myverse and get started for free, visit them online at www.myverse.com
MyVerse is an online and mobile resource for middle school and high school students, focused on psychometrically matching teens, in less than one minute, to 1-5 careers. The site provides matched career videos, relevant majors and courses, and finally, matching to colleges.
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