Our 17-year-old son, our 15-year-old daughter, my husband and I all took the CashCrunch Careers survey from CashCrunch Games. Even though our son and daugther already basically know what they want to do with the rest of their lives, I felt they would benefit from this opportunity for career exploration. The opportunity to look at what colleges are looking for plus examining their own strengths and weaknesses would be productive as well. Because my husband is nearing retirement from the military, we felt this would be a useful tool for him to utilize as well. Because I am looking at possibly making a change once our daughter graduates in a few years, I felt I should also take this survey.
CashCrunch Games offers a variety of games. Blog posts, podcasts and more to help teach money habits. Paul Vasey, the founder of CashCruch Games, holds a Business degree from Nottingham Trent University. After being a teacher for some years, he decided to put his talk into practice to make a difference. “Play our games and make the mistakes in a virtual world where the games can be restarted, and the environment is fun and nonintimidating.” displays prominently on their “About Us” page.
The CashCrunch Careers survey aims to simplify the process of finding a career. The survey takes about 10 – 15 minutes to complete and consists of a series of questions where the participant selects one or the other of the choices. Once completed, the system matches you with careers which best match your work styles and attributes and generates a comprehensive report.
The one problem that all the members of our family had was the difficulty in making selections. We felt like either the choices were so very similar that making a decision difficult. Or, the selections did not really reflect who we were personally. My husband and son both expressed the same frustration. Because they both have a reasonably good idea of where they want to go in the future, I was not too concerned about them doing the survey. For myself, I merely wanted to do the survey just to see what the system would generate. Our son stated how people are not black and white, so basing an assessment on such a formula seems to be really lacking something.
The Career Reports are broken down into four sections: Career Work Styles, Motivators & De-motivators, Career Attributes, and Matching Jobs. For the Career Work Styles, I found myself questioning the results. It said I thrive in team environments, but that is only true if the team I am working with is competent. Otherwise, I definitely prefer to work alone. When it came to the Motivators & De-Motivators, I felt like the list was pretty accurate.
When we began reading the actual reports, the three of us felt like the results were reasonably appropriate based on who we are for the first three sections. However, when we got to the final part about career suggestions we were disappointed.
As my two children began to examine their selections, we were baffled by the lists. Both of our children want to go into fields in the arts, but neither one of them received anything in the arts. Our son wants to do something in music, while our daughter wants to go into the graphic novel industry. So we were really disappointed in the actual career suggestions. The videos included in the CashCrunch Careers section leave a lot to be desired. They appear to be dated and disappointing given the quality of today’s videos. I feel today’s youth will be unimpressed by the videos.
While the first three sections provide excellent information, the last one really disappointed our family. However, we believe improvments may be made. If only for the information provided from the first three sections and then ability to examine careers of our own choosing, this product definitely was worth reviewing.
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