San Diego non-profit helps locals match with a new career

Posted at 5:30 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 21:28:44-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A local non-profit is taking a page from online dating to help San Diegans match with a new career. It's more sophisticated than swiping left or right, and it can help anyone looking for a job or career change.

It's called My Next Move. The San Diego Workforce Partnership released it after a yearlong effort.

The highlight is a 60-question questionnaire that gauges a job seeker's interests. For each task, a job seeker will choose an option from "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree." Examples include investigating the start of a fire, repairing and replacing locks, or examining blood under a microscope.

At the end, the system will provide a list of sectors that the best fit the job seeker, including local retraining programs, salary information, top hiring employers, and open jobs.

"Think of it like for careers," said Sarah Burns, the partnership's director of research application. "Once you get a career match, it says okay, well if you want to take the next step in this relationship, then here's what you do."

Burns said the system will give each test-taker a percentage matching their interests to the potential career. She said that could expose people to fields they did not know about.

Additionally, the site has a list of 72 priority jobs in San Diego County, which the partnership says pay 90% of its workers at least $16 per hour, and should grow by at least 6.5% annually.