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Nationally Recognized Research Product Helps Students Make Career, Educational Choices

Nationally Recognized Research Product Helps Students Make Career, Educational Choices

Creighton University’s project "Career Discovery…What Can I Do?” was recently included in a national publication that highlights the top 100 university technology transfer stories identified since 2005 and is the only Nebraska project mentioned.

Technology transfer is the process of licensing and commercializing research to develop products that make the world a better place. This process has unveiled such products as the nicotine patch and the PSA test, an important weapon in the fight against prostrate cancer.

The Career Discovery project, developed at Creighton’s Career Center and supported by the University’s Office of Technology Transfer, is a card-based system that students use to help identify possible career choices.

The multi-colored self-interest and self-assessment system offers a simple, self-directed method to understand how the students' interests can be applied to real-world career options. Career counseling research has shown that students who feel empowered to make choices based on their interests are more motivated to take action. The system is being used by high schools, colleges and human service organizations from coast to coast and by every high school in Omaha.

The national recognition comes from the Association of University Technology (AUTM), a nonprofit professional organization that promotes technology transfer and the impact it can make on the quality of life while spurring economic growth. Association members include intellectual property managers and business executives from nearly 50 countries. Also available in Spanish, Creighton's Career Discovery project has been endorsed by the Nebraska Association of School Administrators.

Posted: 5/16/06