How’s this for a global collaboration? A Singapore startup, supported by a university in Britain, develops a career advice app for students in China. That’s what JobForesight has done, thanks to the Oxford University Innovation programme.
The startup has launched Careershe, a career advice app that helps students in China on career planning.
“The problem we are trying to solve is the lack of information available for young people about the types of career they can pursue. We can help them better understand what it’s like to be a lawyer, or a blockchain engineer, or to work in AI. Careershe offers a one-stop shop for students who lack access to high-quality career guidance,” said Steve Xie, Founder of JobForesight and an alumni of Oxford University.
A study by the higher education consultancy MyCOS showed that nearly a third of graduates in China leave their first job within the first six months — that’s almost two million students yearly. This could be attributed to the current lack of career education provision in China, and the country’s transition towards high-value industries.
The app will help students aged between 15 and 25 to learn more about the working world and provide guidance in the available pathways towards their desired careers. It will offer contents such as required qualifications, typical working hours, likely salaries, and career progression.
“One notable feature of Careershe is our plan to embed big data and artificial intelligence technology in the product, which will help us provide better recommendations for our users. We currently have around 5,000 registered users, and the early feedback — particularly from teachers — has been positive,” said Xie.