We help recruiters find skilled youths to employ and help youths develop a skilled career in Bangladesh.
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Initiative's representative name
Shazzad Hossain Mukit
Initiative's representative date of birth
Initiative’s representative gender
Which eligible market are you based in?
Where are you making a difference?
Website or social media url(s)
When was your organisation founded?
Reskilling and upskilling the workforce
Creating digital tools
Start-Up (first few activities have happened)
Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?
1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed
When my father asked me to become a doctor in my high school and a simple question came to my mind- Bangladesh a country of 170 million yet there is not a single website to discover career options in the Bangladeshi labor market. Thus the idea of CareerKi was born.
But later we understood from a systemic point of view, career discovery is just the first step of building a youth's career. Bangladesh is still missing many tools on different steps to mitigate the severe skill gap across industries. Traditional recruitment is based on degree certification but not on skill assessment, there is a lack of platform to show upskilling opportunities and pre-interview preparation and connect all these tools to provide a holistic solution.
2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?
75% of recruiters find it difficult to find skilled talent and 47% of tertiary graduated youths do not get jobs due to skill gaps in Bangladesh. Biggest sufferers are students of degree colleges under National University. They account for 60% of total tertiary educated youths. 46% of these graduates are unemployed after 2 years of graduation, and 34% are still engaged in further studies to upskill themselves.
3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
Our solution has three main target groups:
3. Skill training institutes (Online and offline).
Our multi-pronged approach brings all these target groups on our platform with a comprehensive solution to fit their needs.
1. CareerKi Test: online test-based recruitment solution,
2. CareerKi Learn: All the Bangladeshi MOOCs and offline training providers information aggregator,
3. CareerKi Discover: Information on 300+ career opportunities (skills, salaries, education, challenges, and opportunities),
4. CareerKi Connect: can take pre-interview preparation with industry professionals.
4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?
CareerKi is not reinventing anything in human capital development. We are providing a unique model for Bangladesh combining tools for 1. career discovery, + 2. MOOC/training info aggregator, + 3. online skill assessment + 4. Based on the assessed skills HR solution for recruiters, + 5. Help them to prepare for job interviews through industry experts, and 6. content feed. This combination of tools makes our model uniquely suitable for the local market of Bangladesh where 47% of the tertiary-educated students are underemployed and unemployed.
While traditional job sites give recruiters access to thousands of CVs without any context, we will connect users with potential recruiters based on skills, saving time and cost for both parties.
(Instructions for questions 5 and 6, no answer required) Please only answer the question (5 - “employability” or 6 - “financial capability”) that applies to your organization’s topic of work (see below for definitions)
5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?
People can discover all the existing and emerging career opportunities in the Bangladeshi labor market. They get to know which skills they need to acquire to pursue that particular career. We suggest them specific skill assessment or MOOCs while browsing these data.
Also, users can directly take skill assessment tests on different skills that are deemed as pre-requisite among candidates by the recruiters. Our internal development team/partners develop these tests. Users take these and find out if they skill gap or not. Based on the result we provide them analytics on topics they did well and need to improve. Then suggest them to upskill from the MOOCs or offline training from our partners. The result of the test and courses attended is added to users' digital profiles, where recruiters can get verified & skilled candidates.
5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress
In the context of Bangladesh, most demanding skills by the local recruiters are- English, communication skills, emotional intelligence, problem-solving, people management/teamwork, adaptability, digital literacy, etc.
These exactly are the tests (technical and psychometric) we are developing with the help of industry experts and IO psychologists by maintaining the competency standards set by NTVQF Bangladesh (if available, else we adopt international standards and experts opinion). These tests are available on CareerKi test platform for users/recruiters to measure competencies of the users
7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?
1. Career Awareness and Readiness (CARES) Online is providing the solution on the career discovery verticle of our platform.
2. Kodluyoruz provides offline training in future-oriented skills. They are providing solutions on the upskilling verticle of our platform.
CareerKi provides solutions to all these verticles and more. Our holistic platform provides solutions on career discovery, upskilling, skill assessment, pre-interview preparation and finally skill-based recruitment solution. Thus we cater to three particular groups- youths, recruiters and skill training providers.
8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
Monthly Active Users (MAU) 31,000. Total users served from March 2018 (inception) 265,518 till Feb 2020. CMGR is 27%.
9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?
Combination of grant from donors/govt funds + bootstrapping by selling services + google ads/manual ad revenue + investment.
Considering our projection, we cannot reach break-even by the end of this year. So we will raise money for our first pre-seed/seed round which can sustain us for at least a year. We will also seek additional funds to experiment with innovative interventions to increase the employability of Bangladeshi youth.
6 full time.
1 full stack developer,
1 front end developer,
1 UI/UX Designer,
1 Team lead (research & product),
1 Content lead,
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