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MyWayPass: Online career guidance platform

Summary

MyWayPass is a guidance platform that leverages gamification techniques to empower students in their journey of exploring career options and making informed decisions about their professional future in a captivating and user-friendly manner. Its primary aim is to provide valuable assistance to students throughout their vocational orientation process while also aiding counsellors and tutors in delivering personalized guidance to their students.

This platform was created by Fundación Bertelsmann in 2016 and draws inspiration from the renowned DOTS model (Decisions, Opportunities, Transitions, Self) developed by Professor Tony Watts in 1996. The DOTS methodology encompasses four essential phases: "Who am I?"; "Where am I?"; "What am I going to do?"; and "How am I going to face the circumstances?" In addition to these phases, MyWayPass introduces a fifth element: "Share."

Within the platform, students engage in a diverse range of activities, including questionnaires, exploration of various job categories, and the creation of a comprehensive CV.

Published on the 13/10/2023

Launch year2016

How many schools are currently making use of it?250+

Other tagsRecognized by peers, Free of cost

TechnologyGaming, Video streaming

Career developmentOnline platforms, Accessing information/guidance, Student portfolios, Preparation & reflection, Questionnaires, Managing transitions

Age groupLower-secondary (ages 12 to 15), Upper-secondary (ages 16 to 18)

CountrySpain

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Resource overview

Website: MyWayPass

MyWayPass has been designed to empower students to take part in an online game independently, without the need for adult intervention. However, it has also been crafted to seamlessly integrate into the school’s career guidance and tutoring programmes. For this purpose, a user profile is tailored to tutors and guidance counsellors, granting them access to student reports.

This dynamic tool is narrated by two young video bloggers who share their own vocational journeys. Their personal narratives inspire and engage students, encouraging them to complete activities across five distinct stages, represented as "Planets." These stages are as followed:

  1. 1.

    Get to know yourself (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat (SWOT), questions, lifeline and interview),

  2. 2.

    Dream (encourages a look into the past, present and future self-taking into account the importance of fears in decision making),

  3. 3.

    Explore (set as a labyrinth, these activities serve to navigate through the confusion of decision making),

  4. 4.

    Transform (make a decision),

  5. 5.

    Share (with your family and social environment: final report and CV).

Within the platform, engaging visual graphics transport users into various immersive settings, such as mazes, the enchanting "dreamscape," and the enigmatic "two mirrors" – each metaphorically representing a distinct facet of the career exploration journey. These activities encompass a diverse array of tasks, ranging from completing a comprehensive career questionnaire to exploring educational links, videos, and even crafting a professional CV.

From the very beginning of the journey, students have the opportunity to create their own avatars, allowing for personalisation and self-expression. Upon successfully completing each activity, students earn "medals" that serve as tangible symbols of their progress. Furthermore, as they accomplish tasks, students gain "Light Years," which they can utilize to further personalise and enhance their avatars.

In addition to these interactive elements, students benefit from the guidance and support of a virtual companion named AIMA, who remains by their side throughout the journey. Users can access video and audio content featuring AIMA within each planet and activity, enhancing the overall learning and motivation experience.

For a more in-depth understanding of MyWayPass and its functionalities, we invite you to watch this informative video tutorial: Video Tutorial Link.

Description of technology

The entire user experience is web-based.

How the resource makes career guidance more effective, efficient and/or equitable for students

This gamified platform serves as a complement to strategic career guidance initiatives. It goes beyond merely selecting educational or professional paths; instead, it centres on fostering the decision-making process and encouraging individual reflection. This platform represents a valuable initial step for implementing supplementary guidance activities and, thanks to its user-friendly interface, facilitates the integration of academic guidance at an earlier age, starting from as young as 14 years old.

Challenges or potential barriers to use

The resource is only available in Spanish. Internet access is also needed to utilize the resource. This may be a limitation for individuals in areas with poor connectivity or those who lack access to the internet.

The resource is free of charge.

Support for users

Users do not require additional support to use the resource.

Additional details

Has the resource been…

Yes or No?

Description

Link

…informed by research?

No

…funded by government?

No

…recognized by peers?

Yes

The Bertelsmann Foundation received an award for its MyWayPass platform at the Generacción Awards. The award acknowledges the Foundation's work in guidance and the importance of empowering young people to make academic decisions from an early age.

https://www.fundacionbertelsmann.org/mywaypass-recibe-el-galardon-a-la-innovacion-educativa-en-los-premios-generaccion/

…evaluated?

No

No, but an evaluation will be done by the end of 2023 academic year.

This resource has been endorsed by Legamar International School, Madrid, Spain.

Disclaimer: This content is provided by the submitting organisation.

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