If you recall, last month we looked at a platform by SL2College called MyDegree. The platform was aimed at those who had completed their A/L examinations and were unsure of what career path to choose. Today we’ll be looking at a similar platform. Meet GuruPaara Compass by SurfEdge.
SurfEdge is a Sri Lankan Tech Startup specializing in Mobile Apps and Web Development. Similar to MyDegree, their GuruPaara Compass platform is aimed at students who have completed their G.C.E A/L examinations and are looking for a career path.
Whereas the MyDegree platform offers degree programmes from state universities, GuruPaara Compass lists a total of 130 Degree programmes from 17 private universities across the country.
Using GuruPaara Compass
Located at the top of the page are 6 tabs. These navigate to various areas such as the home page, institutes, details about GuruPaara and the developers, a contact us page and also a login/register button to use the more advanced features of the platform.
The main window of GuruPaara Compass is rather minimal. Rather than the rather complicated process of entering your A/L stream and subjects along with their results, GuruPaara Compass simply offers you a drop down box listing a number of career paths that you can choose from.
One notable feature is that the home page of GuruPaara Compass is optimized for mobile viewing and also desktop viewing if you’re resizing your browser window.
Choosing A Category For Your Career Path
There are a number of categories to choose from and you can also type in the category and have the relevant information displayed.
The number of categories that are present in the GuruPaara compass platform vary from Engineering to Fashion, to Law, Management, Medicine and Design.
For example, if you take the Engineering category, this encompasses results ranging from Software to Network, Civil, Electronic, Mechanical, Aircraft and even Chemical Engineering.
Once you have selected a category and the corresponding career path, you are taken to a new window that shows you all the pathways present for that result along with Educational Institutes that allow that pathway.
The interface here consists of two large circular buttons. The one on the left will have the name of the Educational institute and the one on the right will have the pathway that you can take.
If you click the button, you will also be able to see how long the programme will take. This is displayed via an infographic that shows you the year of enrollment and the year of passing out in order to give you a brief on the time frame needed for the programme. It also provides a small section regarding the programme itself along with specific aims and objectives of the programme.
Building Your Timeline
In addition to this, one cool aspect I found interesting was the “Build Your Timeline” feature. This essentially gives you a timeline of the programme from the year you join to the year you complete your degree programme. You can add your Intake start month and also add additional courses that you may be doing simultaneously. The system will then calculate your timeline which you can save and plan accordingly at your own perusal. In order to save your timeline and also to add additional courses, you will have to create an account on GuruPaara Compass. That part of the equation is actually rather easy as it’s just a matter of filling out a few fields such as Name, Phone number, email address and password and clicking the Save button.
But wait, there’s more
If you want more details on the degree programme that you’re interested in, you can click the “More Details” button and everything you need to know about the programme will be displayed. These include requirements for entering the University, ambitions of those who follow the programme, and also the duration and intake period. It also provides an overview of the Educational Institute that you will be doing the programme and lists details such as contact information, address via Google maps and other programmes offered by the Educational institute.
At the bottom of the page a small popup appears asking how useful GuruPaara was. You can reply by ticking one of the three check boxes.
Overall, as you can see, the approach of GuruPaara Compass as opposed to a platform such as MyDegree is somewhat different. Rather than going through the process of entering your A/L results and then selecting a degree programme, GuruPaara simply offers you the career opportunities available and then lists down the educational institutes that offer it.
My thoughts on GuruPaara Compass
In my experience using the platform, one thing I noticed was it doesn’t exactly list all the categories. For example, if one was to look for a career in graphic designing or motion graphics, the platform offers no results whatsoever. This could be a deal breaker for anyone interested in this field. Adding more categories would take time as they would have to scour through more universities and list down the results but it would be guaranteed to work.
Apart from that, the folks over at SurfEdge have done a pretty good job with GuruPaara Compass. We give them props for an easy to use interface that is simple and straightforward. If they can also add more categories and related degree programmes, then it would appeal to more and reach a greater audience. If you are a student who has completed their A/L studies and is looking for a degree programme to excel along your career path, then you can give GuruPaara Compass a try. Who knows? It could direct you along the path to your future.
Have you used GuruPaara Compass? Love it? Hate it? Leave a comment in the section below.