In 2020, following several years of research and in response to various surveys, the Centre for Experiential and Career Education and Pardy & Associates collaborated to find a way to help students identify linear and non-linear career paths that link post-secondary programs to viable, creative, and innovative occupations; and how best to match program selection and learning with personal skills, abilities, and professional interests.
There are lots of labour market information resources available to students, but there is no resource that shows a student how to get from their program to the occupation of their choice.
The career maps are a result of a multi-year research study conducted by Pardy & Associates that started with a review of the National Occupations Codes (NOC), an environmental scan and detailed analysis of student outcomes/career information reported by Canadian universities, a comparative analysis of the BC Student Outcomes Data and similar data from the US, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom; and finally student outcomes reported by 20 leading US universities. Once the data was collected, journey maps were created to determine what a student would have had to do to get from their program to occupations being reported. Once the journey maps were complete the final step was tracking jobs posted on over 10 major online job posting sites over a three-year period. The end result is Career Mapping. The only resource that can show students both direct/linear pathways to occupations and numerous pathways to non-linear occupations that will help students expand their career options.
Thus, the Career Mapping Project was launched to make a valuable resource, UFV’s new Career Mapping Tool, available to students, faculty, and academic advisors. The tool pulls information from a comprehensive database and makes it easy for students to explore all their exciting options.