mySkills myFuture

In 2010, the US Department of Labor directed the CareerOneStop team to design and develop a web-based Skills Transferability application to assist workers seeking new employment opportunities in a different occupation or industry. The scope of work included:

  • Development of the new Web portal through all phases of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC); this includes project planning, gathering requirements, information architecture for the application, database design and architecture, website design, development, testing, deployment, and documentation.
  • Hosting of the Web portal.
  • Maintenance of hardware, software, data, and related operational coordination and communication activities tasks (including regular technical management support).
  • Ongoing maintenance, support, and enhancement of the website.

Core features and functionality of the site include:

  1. Skills score/transferability - The ability to identify occupations that match well with their existing skills, knowledge, and abilities (and previous or current occupation) based on a single transferability score.
  2. Job listing integration - Ability to find job openings and links to websites to apply for jobs.
  3. Education and training - Ability to find relevant education and training by institution, program of study and local area.
  4. Occupation information - Ability to obtain a range of occupation and regional workforce information, including wage and employment demand information and other relevant information that can assist users in obtaining employment.
  5. Target audiences - Provide customized "user pathways" for job seekers, workforce professionals, non-profit and community-based agencies, business and human resource professionals, and economic development professionals.

The completed site uses a three-tier Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) model that separates functional components into a presentation layer, a business layer, and a data layer. XPAND also implemented REST based Web services to provide occupation, jobs, education and training, and skills data to the presentation layer.