Career Power helps professionals in technology discuss real work challenges while having fun. It can be played with friends, colleagues, or a working team. When played by a group of people with a range of experience and job roles Career Power facilitates conversations needed to help early professionals gain insight into career success.
Try Career Power as part of your on-boarding, team bonding activities, or mentoring program.
As players movie around the board they discuss cases, advance their job status, face policy changes and encounter challenges of product development. The cases and answers in the game emerged from field interviews with women in technology ranging from 25 to 55 across multiple job types. Points are gained when players pick the answers that reflect good career choices or are stretch ideas that might be recommended by a mentor.
See our video about how Career Power was developed:
Career Power was developed as part of the WIT-y Games initiative. The game concept is in response to our research findings that many women report not knowing what to do to be successful or how to navigate issues faced in their every day work settings. The game and cases were designed and iterated with multiple rounds of players of all genders, ages, and job types. The result is a board game approach to increase the personal power and success of technology professionals in early career.
Volunteer Opportunity: The next project is to put Career Power online. We are looking for individuals or a game company willing to partner with for this and to co-develop more WIT-y games. Volunteer.
Collaborating Colleagues: Thanks to my student team led by Chris Robeck as product manager along with Rebecca Annis and Xuan Zhang. Thanks to Bill Kules the supervising professor at University of Maryland for all his support.
Next Steps: Career Power has completed development. Now we need to produce it. We also need managers and teams to try it out and tell us what you think. Please sign up to find out about it and spread the word.