The platform gives individuals insight to key skill sets employers are seeking in young hires. Many young people already have these skills, but have difficulty translating how their experiences meet employer expectations.
Initially, users complete a self-assessment of their values and skills to begin their career exploration. A back end database of skill descriptions with desired competency levels organized by industry for entry level positions would then provide users with a visual (ex. spider chart) of where gaps exist. Example: Entry level bank teller would require basic financial understanding, ability to handle confidential information, and customer service skills.
To assist users in deciding which positions they should pursue - tools would be available to introduce what careers are out there. There have been several great concepts posted that do exactly that.
The site then offers a something like the Toolbox concept to help individuals build their desired skill sets: Practicing computer skills, completing financial or other skill modules, building an elevator pitch and using your web camera to practice delivery, holding mock interviews and Q&A sessions with young professionals via Skype, etc.
Many educational institutions have supported the benefits of journaling for motivation and providing focus. The site would provide a short weekly check-in entry to encourage young people to take a step back and evaluate what impacts they made, what inspired them, what goals they accomplished that week. Did that week's activities grow their skill sets, etc. Following each check-in will be a common interview question to answer (ex. Describe a time you worked in a team and how you contributed). The format would promote generating stories and using specific examples to support their responses.
The goal is to educate young workers how to communicate their unique value proposition. The platform could easily be integrated into a classroom setting with teachers offering additional guidance and support.