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Student Jobs Application


An online application for high school students to describe their skillset and career interests, which then allows nonprofit staff to match them with paid jobs and internships.

Organization
Boston Private Industry Council (PIC)
an education & workforce development nonprofit
Team
Research and Evaluation Director
Employer Engagement staff
School-to-Career staff
Role
Design Specialist & Executive Team Manager
Duration
Oct 2018 - Feb 2019
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The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) is recognized nationally for its youth employment program - generating thousands of work experiences for high school students every year.

CHALLENGE

PIC staff match students and employers based on available opportunities and student interests and skillset. However, staff did not have a formalized digital system for matching, making it difficult to maintain equity in the student pool of applicants as well as operationalize the workfow.
OUTCOME

With my help leading the design process, the PIC created an online application for high school students interested in getting a job through the program. The application asks students about job/career interests and previous work experience. The application launched in early 2019 and reached over 400 students within a month.

leading the UX process

Tools
Sketch
InVision
OptimalWorkshop
Weebly

Methods
card sorting
user flows
interactive prototypes
user testing
staff interviews

The PIC was not familiar with user experience design, so my role was to identify and implement the appropriate UX tools and methods for the project.

By performing student-centered research, mapping staff workflows, and collaborating with external developers, I led the design process among an internal team of 12 to help create a seamless, digital experience for high school students.