Computing Careers Now

The NSF Funded Exploring Computing Careers Broadening Participation Research project is to develop a virtual career fair using embodied conversational agents (ECAs) that will engage students in career discussions and, if they have interests in computing, help inspire them to reach their potential in computing careers. A part of the rationale for this project is that many students are enrolled in high schools without any teacher or counselor who are truly knowledgeable about computing careers. Additionally, many students are not exposed to any underrepresented minorities in computing careers.  Participating high school students will benefit by receiving up-to-date career information from computing professionals currently in the field via the ECAs. The expected outcomes for students interacting with the ECA via the website is: 1) students are more likely to consider a career in computing, 2) students who considered a career in computing would be more interested in pursuing the career path and 3) students who want to pursue a career in computing can start investigating potential careers and what requirements are needed to achieve that career.