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Student career app – Real Talk – dials in on choices

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 by in Scarborough | 0 comments

Want to learn how to become Drake’s full-time barber, a professional YouTuber or even the lead aquarist at Ripley’s? Now there’s an app for that.

Real Talk is an innovative career app created by The Learning Partnership – a Canadian charity dedicated to building partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada – and aimed at Canadian high school students struggling to make choices about post-secondary options.

“With the career landscape continually changing, getting into the workforce continues to be a challenge for many young people,” The Learning Partnership states in a release announcing Real Talk’s launch.

“After speaking with students across the country about what they need to help them make choices about post-secondary options, we used that feedback to team up with app designers Tiny Heart Studios to create this exciting career app which reaches out to students where they spend a lot of time: on their phones.”

Designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to gain “peer to peer” perspectives, advice, tips and resources, the Real Talk app includes “what I wish I knew when I was in high school about the world of work”, advice for success, recommended resources, and basic salary information via profiles that 20-somethings have created.

Some of those profiles include interviews with: rapper Drake’s full-time barber, a professional YouTuber, one of PINK’s backup musicians, a bicycle stunt acrobat, the lead aquarist at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, and many more.

Every Real Talk profile – which represent career fields leading from college, apprenticeship, university, and grad school as well as profiles of young Canadians who have gone straight to work after high school – also includes a list of resources curated by the authors themselves. That way students can bookmark, like, and share the careers that interest them, while building a digital “to-do list” of resources to help plan life after high school.

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