Our daughter Marissa knew what she wanted to do when she “grew up” and did it. She graduated from college at 19 with a degree in entrepreneurship and now has her own portrait art business. But not everyone is that focused or has that obvious of an interest or talent, and that’s totally fine! For “normal” people like that, there is CashCrunch Careers by CashCrunch Games.
CashCrunch Careers (heretofore known as CCC) operates with the understanding that we spend 50% of our lives working. (That seems like a lot to me, but I’m not willing to do the math, so there.) They believe that people should use their skills and interests to find a job, not find a job and then develop skills around that job. That’s logical.
Essentially what we were given access to for the rest of the life of the website is what they call a survey. Four of my students took the survey, and it pointed out job categories that would make use of their skills and interests.
The survey consisted of a series of over 75 two-choice questions. The survey-taker had to choose which of the two options best described him or her. This was, for most of us, our favorite part of the project. You really had to think about your personality traits and skills. In fact, this seemed to me to be the most valuable aspect of the program. Everyone would benefit from an in-depth self-assessment of their character, don’t you agree? Of course you agree, because I’m right. (Hmmmm, Christy, you might be the first to benefit. Bossy much?)
After completing the survey, the tester is given several career areas that relate to the character traits that they chose. From these broad fields, they can see a variety of occupations under them, some of which are well-known, others of which they might not have thought of. They can further explore the different careers by seeing universities that cater to related degrees, government-based (I believe) information on the future outlook of those careers, and other relevant information for someone considering that path.
The test results also included some motivators, which I found extremely interesting. For example, one person may be motivated by working independently, while another might require supervision.
That is the gist of the program. Other Homeschool Review Crew families took the survey also, and you can find their thoughts here.
Regarding our experience, four of my children took the test. I will summarize them and their results below:
Elijah, age 12, is currently planning on being a chef and a pastor, to feed the body and the soul. (I was a little nervous the test would tell him he should move to Mars and teach English to the natives there, but I had him take the test anyway.)
Contrary to my fears, he thought it didn’t give him a good summary of his potential future careers. He felt that the options about his personality would have been better as opposites instead of unrelated options, because sometimes neither or both choices described him. He wasn’t impressed with all the management positions it listed (he’s the son of a musician and a writer), and is still sticking with his current path.
He asked for a lot of help with definitions of words, so he broke the rule about not asking others for their opinions. Then he realized that mousing over the options revealed the definitions, so he didn’t really need any more help.
Emily Rose, age 15, is not sure what direction she wants to head in the future, but is thinking about working on some college credits similar to how Marissa did it…although spreading it our over more than 2.5 years. (You’re crazy, Marissa! We love you!)
Emily felt that the test gave them all the same answers, primarily general management. And you know what–she’s right. All four of my kids who took the survey had the same recommendations. From there, they could explore careers within that category, but Emily is not sure why she needed to take the survey to do that. She also thinks it’s strange that she is completely different than a couple of the others that took the survey, but got the same answers.
I did help Emily a little with some of her answers, because she asked, so that makes us cheater cheater pumpkin eaters. She still doesn’t know what she’s going to do.
Elisabeth, age 18, doesn’t really have any career aspirations. Like her mother before her, she enjoys many quiet pursuits and children.
Elisabeth’s motivating and demotivating factors were, strangely, exactly the opposite of her real life. It said she does not like working independently for long periods of time, but is highly motivated by working with people. Do you know Elisabeth? No, you don’t, because she sticks to herself and works quietly in the background.
She thought the options were very non-specific, and just left you to explore like you would without the survey. The survey itself was interesting, though. She doesn’t think the questions asked were specific enough, either. It was all personality based, and her personality is the most different from the other three, yet came up with the same general answers as the others. She said it would be better if incorporated personality, interests, and skills.
Hannah, age 21, is a freelance writer. She often considers college, but wants a strong direction before she invests the money. Also, she is working on her blog to encourage and support other people with Crohn’s disease, and also to share recipes and her upcoming cookbook. In other words, she’s busy.
Regarding CCC, she thought the test was fun. She wasn’t too surprised by the funeral director assessment, but she isn’t currently pleased with the farmer recommendation, which probably comes from working on someone else’s farm that she didn’t have control over for the past year. She thought the real estate recommendation was intriguing, but didn’t fit her not-seeking-the-spotlight mentality. In her words, “I don’t have the pizzazz.” In my words, she would write the most entertaining property descriptions ever! It also recommended her for management, which she didn’t necessarily agree with.
She says the test did not take her a long time to complete. She says it doesn’t have her thinking about any other careers. She also says that it gave her the same backward motivators as Elisabeth got. Weird, since they both like working independently.
Overall, I feel the personal character assessment was beneficial. We kind of felt that the results themselves were not specific enough to really benefit the kids and young adults who took the exam. If they were motivated to do extensive research within the broad categories, the huge database of information on the website would definitely benefit them. Personally, I’m glad nobody came up with “volcanologist,” like my mom did when she took a similar test in her day. There was definitely no pigeon-holing in the CCC survey!
Who would benefit from Cash Crunch Careers?
If your kids or you adults are interested in seriously searching through the database, this will be a huge benefit to you. It’s meant to be a springboard to get you or your kids researching and thinking. My kids just wanted some straight out answers, like, “Hey, you’d be great at neurosurgery!” or “Have you ever considered becoming a dog breeder?” They didn’t want to hunt around the website, since our whole life kind of hunts around the country looking at different lifestyles and consequently jobs. They’re also not real career driven yet, except Elijah who already knows what he wants to be. And, we’re kinda, well out of the box.
Some kids are different than mine. (Duh.) Those people will benefit hugely from this site! Read about some of them by clicking on the banner below:
There are also many other perks to the CCC website. There are free money games and such to help your child manage the money they’re going to make at that new career! Check them out. They’re also available and active on the following social media sites:
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