Career Compass (CC) is a software created by The BMS Lab. Researchers at the University of Twente can use the dashboard’s web application to create a study and collect information from STEM students and professionals on IOS and Android devices. Its purpose is to determine a participant’s (future) professional identity based on questions that are structured in five categories. These categories consist of the participant’s goals, values, personality, competencies, and interests. When the participant answers these questions, they can receive personalized feedback about their profile (i.e., individualist, team player, all-rounder, innovator, and analyst) and each category which might help them understand how and why they align with a technical profession.
CC for Research and Education #
At the BMS Lab, CC has been used to conduct a wide variety of research. One example is the study named Examining the effectiveness and impact of providing feedback to develop the Professional Identity of (future) STEM professionals. This research used the CC feedback tool in order to investigate its effects on participant’s intentions towards their profession behaviours.
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Best Practices #
To reduce potential issues and challenges, keep the following points in mind before using CC for your research:
Planning Your Research Design #
- 1. Think about what you would like to measure? When? What will it deliver afterwards? And how does CC fit within your research. This helps you realize what you need to build, when and how much time it will likely take.
- 2. Take practical aspects into account: is there an easier way to do it? Uncertain? Ask the BMS Lab.
- 3. Consider the limitations of the software to your study. Keep in mind that CC is in continuous development which means that bugs might be introduced as a result.
Developing Your Research #
- 1. Ensure that you have approximately 2 – 3 weeks to complete your research. You might need to adapt your methodology based on CC’s functionalities (see “Further Support” section) or you might need time to get an answer from the BMS Lab.
- 2. Your introduction screen should adequately inform your participants and meet the BMS faculty’s ethical standard on informed consent.
- 3. Any time you make new additions, make sure to regularly test your research from the participant’s perspective.
- 4. Duplicate your research to have a clean back-up version.
- 5. Test your final version as a participant.
- 6. Download your data metrics to ensure that the data output fits with your research.
- 7. Found a bug or issue? Go to the troubleshooting section and fill in the form.
Want to use CC? #
Go first through the steps on how to reserve the software or go directly through our project registration to start the reservation process.