Project

Pathways

Nabeel Gillani

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Our social networks influence our sense of what's possible: we can't aspire to be cancer researchers, activists, or artificial intelligence engineers if we've never been exposed to these as possibilities. Unfortunately, many children grow up in environments replete with exposure gaps, impeding awareness and ultimately limiting their conceptions of which opportunities are available to them.

Pathways is a web application that seeks to scaffold career exploration and introspection among young people in order to help them explore a) what kinds of topics they might pursue in the future, b) in which capacities they might pursue these topics, and c) examples of education and career pathways others have traversed to get where they are today. The tool uses several data science and machine learning techniques to process self-reported education and career data from thousands of individuals in the Greater Boston area.

Ultimately, we hope tools like Pathways can help enhance exposure and spark new social network ties that help foster greater upward mobility and an improved quality of life.

Our social networks influence our sense of what's possible: we can't aspire to be cancer researchers, activists, or artificial intelligence engineers if we've never been exposed to these as possibilities. Unfortunately, many children grow up in environments replete with exposure gaps, impeding awareness and ultimately limiting their conceptions of which opportunities are available to them.

Pathways is a web application that seeks to scaffold career exploration and introspection among young people in order to help them explore a) what kinds of topics they might pursue in the future, b) in which capacities they might pursue these topics, and c) examples of education and career pathways others have traversed to get where they are today. The tool uses several data science and machine learning techniques to process self-reported education and career data from thousands of individuals in the Greater Boston area.

Ultimately, we hope tools like Pathways can help enhance exposure and spark new social network ties that help foster greater upward mobility and an improved quality of life.