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"I do think that a general liberal arts education is very important, particularly in an uncertain changing world."
As a passionate social entrepreneur and believer in the marketplace, Vocatio founder Patrick Jones has a unique perspective shaped by his own career journey and eclectic background in politics and public policy, management consulting, technology, digital marketing and entertainment.
At the core of our ethos is the belief that talent — natural aptitude and skill — is equally distributed across race, gender, geography, type of school or field of study one pursues. The question is how do we measure talent, nurture talent and then make that talent conspicuous to the marketplace.
However, in order to bridge the vocational engagement gaps between students, employers and educators, it’s going to take more than our ambitious vision and implementation of the Vocatio talent services, media network and talent marketplace.
It’s going to take a generational manifesto and call to action about how we disrupt and reimagine the experience of preparing students and then on-ramping their talents into the marketplace. The current system of “student loan debt and hope for the best” for students just won’t do.
We look forward to partnering with visionary employers, educators, non-profits, think tanks and innovators of all stripes to impact this challenge.
"The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it."
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Our certificates and awards that we are very proud of
2016 ASU + GSV Summit Presenter
DukeGEN 2015 Startup Showcase Winner
2015 Winner PeopleOps Challenge
“I love it. Would love to hear more on this.…”Chalin, College Counselor, Tome School, Elkton, MD.
“I like the idea of Pandora-like personalization for what I could possibly do with my career… ”Jamie, Sr., UCLA
“It is user-friendly, students like the look, and they appreciate the possibilities/what it can do for them...”Elke, Director Career Services, La Sierra University
“It feels like a much friendlier version of LinkedIn…”Liz, Sr., Georgia State University
“It’s the type of app that all of my friends would use in a heartbeat…”Amy, Recent Grad, Miami University
“This is right on point for how we’re trying to personalize the career services experience for our students…” Jill, Associate Dean of Students, Washington University
“I like the idea that it helps employers find you based on what you love to do and what you’re really good at…”Andrew, National Job Corp, San Diego
“A unique approach of blending education, training and fun around career discovery…”Kenn, Associate Dean of Students, UCLA
CHALINCollege Counselor, Tome School, Elkton, MD.
ELKEDirector Career Services, La Sierra University
LIZ, SR.Georgia State University
AMYRecent Grad, Miami University
JILLAssociate Dean of Students, Washington University
ANDREWNational Job Corp, San Diego
KENNAssociate Dean of Students, UCLA
No one gets extraordinary opportunities by taking the same approach everyone else takes. - Raghav Haran
Patrick is an award-winning content producer and new media executive. For more than 15 years he has successfully delivered content strategies that have resulted in significant audience engagement and participation – both online and offline – for a wide breadth of consumer markets and diverse companies, including Coca-Cola, Coleman, Krispy Kreme, VW, General Mills, Hilton Hotels, Turner Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment & AtomFilms (MTV Networks).
Prior to his marketing and content experience Patrick worked in management consulting with Siebel Systems (now Oracle), Diamond Technology Partners (acquired by PwC) and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he provided business and technology advisory services to emerging growth and middle market companies across multiple industries: telecommunications, entertainment and media, financial services, government services and consumer products.
Patrick received his M.B.A. from Duke University and his B.A. in Economics and minor in Political Science from Miami University. Patrick sits on the boards for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Georgia Public Policy Foundation, and the Miami University College of Arts and Sciences.
The best way to predict the future is to create it... - Peter Drucker
Kamar has been a major player in the telecoms and entertainment industries for the last 17 years where he has been instrumental in connecting some of the world’s largest brands with the innovative technology they need to succeed and stand out from the pack.
For the last 4 years, he has been focused on tackling the way we educate – using his experience and passion for technology to help schools and academic professionals prepare kids for jobs that don’t exist yet.
Kamar’s career highlights include launching some of the first mobile services in Europe and launching award winning propositions and consumer services in mobile, music, games and education. His professional portfolio includes global marketing and sales strategies for VINCI Education, U.S. Department of Education, Nokia, Orange, Vodafone, David Bowie, Viacom, Beyoncé and Universal Music, Sony Music, Coca Cola, MTV and Pearson.
And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln
Dave has a proven track record of success growing early-stage technology businesses, most recently bringing a mobile hard/software maker out of dissolution. As CMO he guided the company to a narrowed focus on a new product, helped attract private equity funding, built a sales team and a web marketing presence that sold $2.2M of product pre-launch.
Dave has worked or consulted with early stage technology companies in internet information systems, optical motion capture, fiber optic infrastructure, telecommunications, media and retail. Dave has built and led high-performing sales and business development teams to create new markets and to accelerate growth by identifying, targeting and capturing business partners that generate sales. Dave has been doing this since college when he was a top-producer for the Southwestern Company, selling, recruiting, training and motivating college kids to sell books door-to-door.
Dave attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill satisfying degree requirements in Speech Communications and Political Science, and the Lumpkin School of Law at University of Georgia.