Virtual Counseling Center provides online guidance
His office is overflowing with stacks of research reports on career counseling, stress reduction and how to improve the quality of our lives, so it is a wonder he can locate anything.
Yet it takes just seconds and a couple mouse clicks for ASU professor John Horan to discover how anyone’s career test results will match with massive information on nearly a thousand occupations, each linked to relevant degree programs offered by 7,000 educational institutions.
The Virtual Counseling Center (VCC), a golden example of university-community embeddedness, is offered free to everyone in the country, all under an ASU banner via the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education.
Through the VCC, an array of scientifically validated career exploration tests can be taken and scored online. “The merged career and educational databases are huge, with 350,000 URLs (uniform resource listings) packed with text, data and videos,” Horan says.
If a career test matches a person’s interests to the job of aerospace engineer, for example, that person is led to videos about that career, along with information such as comparing median salaries in Tucson and Phoenix, and listing universities across the country offering majors in aerospace engineering.
Navigating to the Web site http://vcc.asu.edu will bring up state-of-the-art career assessment and planning resources, along with evidence-based programs designed to improve academic and life skills.
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