As part of the dissemination of a series of portraits of member companies of the Edteq Association (Enterprises for the development of educational technologies in Quebec), it is our pleasure today to present Academos to you!
Surgeon or architect? Plumber or mechanic? Making a career choice is far from easy. That's why Academos offers a free tool to help your students find their dream job in a fun and easy way.
By downloading the Academos application on their mobile or tablet, young people aged 14 to 30 can interact with mentors in a variety of professions. Passionate about what they do, these mentors use their experiences to answer students' questions in addition to encouraging them to persevere in their studies.
From a study project to a unique platform in the world
It was as part of her doctorate in psychology that Catherine Légaré created Academos in 1999 at UQAM. At the time, she had no idea that her idea would one day become a unique virtual mentoring platform, connecting tens of thousands of young people with the world of work.
Today, the Academos organization is THE digital reference for guidance in Quebec. The platform brings together nearly 80,000 young people, 2,500 mentors from all fields, 2,100 school and community workers, 510 schools and 75 organizations.
“For young people, having a clearer idea of what they could do for a job is a great source of academic motivation,” emphasizes Catherine Légaré. It gives meaning to their studies, because they have a goal to move towards. "
While the vast majority of the tools available to guide young people are based on a linear conception of career paths, Academos has reinvented this way of doing things by focusing instead on the interests of the students.
When signing up, users first identify what turns them on, whether it's business or personal. They are then offered mentors who share the same passions as them.
Young people can also share their interests and questions with their peers by participating in focus groups.
Since February 2017, one-day internships with mentors have even been offered to students in order to introduce them concretely to the world of work.
Technological, but not complex
Even though Academos is an innovative platform, you don't need to have advanced technological skills to use it in your classes. Above all, the application is intended as a way to simplify your orientation work with young people.
Moreover, you can present Academos to your students by yourself simply by relying on the visual aids available on the website. academos.qc.ca. An animation team can also come to your community to do so, at no cost.
Enio offers 16 engaging activities to equip upper secondary school students with their career choice. Through the various questionnaires, they are called upon to discover themselves and better understand the study programs and the professions.
The new platform has aroused great interest among school stakeholders, so much so that 2,300 user licenses had already been sold even before the launch.
And it is far from over for Academos since the organization's next objective is to export itself outside the borders of Quebec… To be continued!