Career Compass FAQ

The Most Frequently Asked Questions

What is Career Compass?

You can use Career Compass (further on called CC) to collect information on your study’s participants, it measures the interests, personality, values and competencies from (future) technical professionals. The website can be used to provide participants feedback about their personality and profile based on their answers.

How can I use Career Compass?

1. Browse to
2. Sign-up your a new project or Reserve for an Existing one;
3. Fill in the form and make a Reservation: Choose Equipment, and choose under “Use Environment” Career Compass

How can I register participants?

Participants can subscribe via the subscription URL. This can be found on the study home page.

What calculations can be done on the calculated variables?

You can create an equation based on the functions and BODMAS.

How to connect modules and/or informative pages to interventions?

To connect modules to interventions first go to your study. Click on ‘Interventions’ on the left of your screen. Go to the intervention you want to add a module to and click on open. On the upper right click on content. Here you see two drop-down fields. Click on the field ‘select a module’ or ‘Select an informative page’, this will open a dropdown field. Select the module or informative page you want to add and click on the blue + button.

How can I start a study?

Browse to, log in with your account. This will open the dashboard page. On the right click on ‘start a new study’, select the Career Compass survey button and click on create new study.

My study closed but I want to extend the duration.

It is not possible to re-open the study after the end date. In the study details you can change when the study begins and ends and under the subscription page you can decide when to open and end subscription. These to data don’t have to overlap.

What happens when an email is sent out to participants?

The email is sent by the BMSLab email account, yet the participant will see it as if the e-mail had been sent by the researcher who created the study. This will allow the participant to reply to the researcher.

How can I download data?

In your study go-to metrics. In the upper middle click on download. Here you can download the data per intervention.

How can I import my data in Excel?

When you download your data, don’t click on the downloaded file. Open Excel, in the upper row click on data. In the Get & Transform Data group, click From Text/CSV. This will open a preview screen. Look for your data file and click on ‘import’.

How can I import my data in SPSS?

Open SPSS. Go to file –> open –> data. This will open a new window. Make sure your files type is set to CVS. Find your data, select your data and open. The data is delimited and variable names are included at the top of the data. First case of data begins on line number 2. The denominator is a komma. The next step will show you a preview. You can now see the data in SPSS.

What is the difference between the ‘Personal score chart’ and ‘Smart chart’?

The Personal score chart is the graph for profiles. The Smart chart is the graph for the dimensions and factors.

How does the smart chart work?

Modules correspond with the four dimensions on the smart chart, these dimensions are fixed. Five or more modules appear as separate dimensions.

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