Since 1998, it seems like finding just a job is a daunting, time- and energy-destroying task, let alone hoping for a career one might occasionally enjoy. On both ends there are endless self-help publications, blogs, job websites, and pointless advice available to aid one in their employment-seeking crusades. Now there is one more tool job seekers can add to their arsenal.
Yesterday, January 3, 2016, the Souletics technology company launched its free iOS app - GAME OF CHOICES II, the ultimate career test - at the iTunes app store. Damon J. Smith, pro footballer, now a software engineer, developed the game from his hard-earned experiences on the field and from corporate America. According to Smith, education, talent, and technical training are no longer enough to secure a career. A different mindset is necessary to get ahead.
A different mindset is what the game intends to nurture. Users are presented with a career quiz and variety of career paths. They must first select from their social values and are then rewarded points for how well they handle career scenarios and so-called "life curveball questions" that pop up on each path. For help, players have access to a mentor at any time during the game. Reportedly, there is a $100 cash incentive to play the game well.
According to Business Insider, more than 80% of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. As per the game’s creator, “I wanted the game to be entertaining, and maybe even a little provocative, but moreover I want it to help people make the kinds of decisions that will result in long term success.”
Smith also expects to release a version of GAME OF CHOICES II for the iWatch mid to end of this month. He says the watch version will alert wearers throughout the day to make positive choices.
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If anyone tries this game, I’d be curious to know if they have any results, positive, negative or neutral. Feel free to post your comments and happy hunting. ~MD