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Frequently Asked Questions

What is CareerLocker?
How do I view the CareerLocker system?
What ages does CareerLocker serve?
How much does a subscription to CareerLocker cost?
Why did you decide to change your name from WISCareers to CareerLocker?
Why did the website get updated to a new look?
Why did the Interest Profiler go away? What can we use instead?
Has DPI made a decision on selecting a state-wide career information system?

What is CareerLocker?

CareerLocker is a comprehensive, easy-to-use career information system that provides activities, assessments, information, and tools to assist both young people and adults throughout the U.S. in their academic and career exploration and planning.

The Center on Education and Work (CEW) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison develops and delivers CareerLocker and other resources and products based on sound career development theory, research, and practice. CEW's research, evaluation, and training initiatives forward the Wisconsin Idea, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's initiative to improve people's lives in the state and beyond.

How do I view the CareerLocker system?

You can request a free trial through CareerLocker or email Amy Rivera for a CareerLocker demonstration.

What ages and grade levels does CareerLocker serve?

There are four versions of CareerLocker to serve all ages: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult.

How much does a subscription to CareerLocker cost?

The Center on Education and Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a not-for-profit organization. All subscription fees are applied directly to maintenance of the CareerLocker system.

Subscription fees vary by subscription type. Subscriptions may be purchased by individuals, private businesses, organizations, schools, colleges, and universities.

For prices, see the product tab of the specific product that interests you.

Why did you decide to change your name from WISCareers to CareerLocker?

The Center on Education and Work strives to provide the best research-based products and services to not only Wisconsin and other states, but also worldwide.

CareerLocker is the name of our national version of WISCareers. In order to streamline our local, national, and global presence, we decided to change the name of our Wisconsin version, WISCareers, to CareerLocker. In CareerLocker, Wisconsin residents will continue to have access to Wisconsin-focused information, such as local labor market and college data.

Why did the website get updated to a new look?

The new "look" you see when you log in to CareerLocker is part of a project we began several years ago to redo the computer code underlying our website. Through this project, we have been able to bring CareerLocker up to today's coding technology, making the website easier for us to maintain and update. The new "look" is an added benefit.

We are also taking the opportunity to add new features that our customers have been requesting, such as new reporting tools, a parent portal, easier sharing of the ePortfolio, and much more. You will see these appear on the new CareerLocker website throughout the 2014-15 academic year.

Why did the Interest Profiler go away? What can we use instead?

The Interest Profiler was phased out of CareerLocker/WISCareers due to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)'s decision to phase out their Wisconsin Career Assessment (WCA).

You may use the Personal Globe Inventory (PGI) in place of the Interest Profiler.

The Interest Profiler, developed by the U.S. Department of Labor in 1999, has not been updated or re-validated since its initial development. The documents supporting the instrument contain some concerns regarding its ability to accurately reflect the six RIASEC interest areas.

In contrast, the Personal Globe Inventory (PGI) has been validated numerous times both in the U.S. and in several other countries. In several articles (citations are available upon request), the PGI has been demonstrated to validly measure RIASEC interest areas with middle and high school students, as well as with adults.

The PGI was originally developed by Terence Tracey, Ph.D., at Arizona State University and has been used at the counseling center there with adult students for many years. The PGI has a middle school version and two high school versions (grades 9-10 and grades 11-12). Adults use the grades 11-12 version.

Has DPI made a decision on selecting a state-wide career information system?

As of September 1, 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has not yet made a decision on whether they will be moving to a statewide career information system such as CareerLocker. State decisions and information change periodically, and DPI is planning to announce their career readiness plan by June 1st, 2015. Any decisions made by DPI will most likely be implemented by 2017, therefore, your continuing subscription to CareerLocker will be valid.