The learning science behind Pearson MyLab Career Success

Pearson uses insights from the learning sciences, which are diverse disciplines that seek to understand how people learn, to guide the creation of our products. These insights have shaped the learning design behind Pearson MyLab Career Success — and they drive us as we continue to refine MyLab Career Success to deliver improved learner outcomes.

In today’s business environment, employers express that too many graduating college students enter the job market without the skills needed to succeed in a professional pathway. At the same time, college instructors worry that not enough students explore and prepare properly for the kind of career they really want.

To serve these different constituencies, Pearson has developed MyLab Career Success. This digital suite of instructional milestones, assessments, and projects breaks down the career planning process into logical, manageable steps, enabling students to explore options, develop relevant skills, and market themselves strategically and effectively to potential employers. MyLab Career Success offers behavioral and formative assessments that help students advance their knowledge and build critical skill sets and GRIT for success.

Here are some key areas of alignment between learning science research and the learning design behind MyLab Career Success:

  • Personal relevance: A significant predictor of student success is the degree to which students see personal relevance in what they are learning. MyLab Career Success demonstrates to students how their personal traits, values, and acquired skills are relevant to specific job categories and career goals.
  • Active and authentic learning: Research has shown that practice that is closely aligned with authentic real-world applications supports deep levels of learning and engagement. The nine-milestones sequence in MyLab Career Success weaves together an accessible, authentic presentation of what students need to know (job requirements, skills needed, job market conditions) with project-based activities (creating resumes, writing cover letters, developing networking campaigns) where they develop and demonstrate evidence of their experience and acquired skills via LinkedIn and other real-world career development tools.
  • GRIT: For students to succeed, it is important for them to understand their own strengths and push themselves where they still need improvement. MyLab Career Success gives students the tools to assess their own GRIT (Growth, Resilience, Instinct, and Tenacity) as well as their Robustness. Research indicates that students with high levels of these characteristics tend to persist through challenges and perform better academically and professionally. MyLab Career Success assesses students' levels of GRIT and provides opportunities to grow their GRIT through practical, research-based activities that strengthen their ability to persist and achieve their most worthy goals in the best ways possible.

Overall, MyLab Career Success aids students in developing self-knowledge, occupational intelligence, and key communication and decision-making skills — all things they need to become successful, well-informed, and motivated candidates for their chosen career paths.

Learn more about the features of MyLab Career Success