Gladeo is a social enterprise building a more inclusive, equitable and prepared workforce of the future with our next-generation, virtual career navigation platform which delivers high-quality, culturally-responsive, future-of-work-ready career guidance to anyone, anywhere.Gladeo is a career development platform purposefully designed to help underserved learners and unemployed workers without existing networks successfully navigate their way into upwardly-mobile, sustainable middle- and high-skill careers. Our platform uses videos, storytelling, and an extensive digital library of informational interviews to facilitate the dissemination of all the kinds of knowledge (explicit, implicit, and tacit) that are crucial for successful career development and which were previously only shared within closed, privileged social networks. Our research-based storytelling and inclusive videos increase the visibility of relatable role models in industry sectors where they are historically underrepresented. By sharing pathway-specific career guidance from informational interviews, we are sharing openly once closely guarded tacit and implicit knowledge that limited equitable access to upwardly-mobile careers. Gladeo has completely reimagined the user experience of a student or unemployed worker seeking career guidance from an outdated, impersonal, ineffective DMV-like career center to a modern, inclusive, on-demand, virtual interactive experience.
Gladeo addresses skills shortages and gaps, an unsustainable student debt crisis, and generational racial income and wealth gaps, problems being exacerbated by COVID-19. Before this crisis, 30-45% of the U.S. working-age population were un- or underemployed. Due to COVID-19, more than 40 million Americans have lost their jobs, and according to the Pew Research Center, unemployment rates have increased notably more for Black, Latinx, women, immigrants, young adults, and less-educated workers.The current system to help the unemployed is outdated, underfunded, and was incapable of meeting the needs of workers before this crisis, let alone tens of millions more. There has never been a more timely and dire need for universal access to social equity-focused, future-of-work-ready, virtual career guidance.Gladeo’s free, online career navigation platform is the solution. On it, users can take a personal assessment, explore careers, see relatable role models, learn skills they'll need, find reputable education and training, and connect to internships and jobs. We are also currently piloting two new products:1. Gladeo for Colleges (pilot with Foothill College): To help community college students define career goals and find relevant CTE programs, internships, networking opportunities. 2. Regional Microsites (pilot with LA Economic Development Corporation): To address regional skills gaps, income inequality, and prepare local talent for middle and high-skill jobs in their region.