DeBruce Foundation announces career assessment tool

DeBruce Foundation launches new career assessment tool
DeBruce Foundation launches new career assessment tool
Presenters at The DeBruce Foundation career assessment tool launch (left to right): Leo Morton, CEO and president, The DeBruce Companies; Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Ed.D., executive director and COO, The DeBruce Foundation; Ruby Rios, UMKC student and member of DeBruce Youth Career Corps; Mayor Quinton Lucas, city of Kansas City, Missouri.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, The DeBruce Foundation announced a new career assessment tool — the Agile Work Profiler. This tool uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic and helps individuals learn more about their individual strengths and interests.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics identified approximately 60,000 jobs that include a variety of work activities. The DeBruce Foundation refined these work activities into 10 themes it calls “agilities.” All occupations require the 10 agilities, but the degree to which each agility is required depends on the occupation.

“By combining your passions and interests with work activities, you do well. The Agile Work Profiler opens the window to explore many options — careers across a variety of sectors,” said Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Ed.D., executive director and chief operating officer at The DeBruce Foundation.

In addition to the roll out of this tool, The DeBruce Foundation shared findings from a public opinion study on issues facing young people and their career development.

“Through our research, we see that nine in 10 young people are confident they’ll achieve their career goals, but only four out of 10 have decided what type of career they want to pursue,” said Dr. Taylor Knight. “This tool will help close that gap.”

The DeBruce Foundation rolled out this tool and its research findings at the October GradForceKC meeting. The Mid-America Regional Council convenes GradForceKC, the Kansas City region’s network of education and community-based organizations, to focus on improving educational attainment and creating a talent pipeline for economic and civic vitality.