2014

Personalized Career Help Offered to College Students Through Cengage Learning and Matchpoint Partnership Comprehensive career guidance tool directs students to optimal career paths based on strengths, capabilities and personal interests

BOSTON, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cengage Learning, a leading global educational content, technology, research and services company, and Matchpoint Careers today announced a partnership to provide higher learning institutions with access to Matchpoint's Career Positioning System (CPS).  CPS is an online, personalized career guidance tool – a "GPS for Careers" – that gives students detailed, validated guidance on the careers where they are most likely to be successful.  CPS helps students choose what to study and what professional activity is the best fit for them, while matching them to real jobs based on proven performance-predicting assessments. Under the terms of the agreement, Cengage Learning is now Matchpoint's exclusive agent to market and sell CPS to higher learning institutions.

"Cengage Learning is committed to transforming learning with tailored technology solutions, and we are pleased to partner with Matchpoint Careers to provide career guidance tools for our end-users. We are increasingly focused on meeting the needs of students and this partnership demonstrates our commitment to supporting student success," said Pam Snow, senior vice president of strategic customer partnerships, Cengage Learning. "With 45% of America's unemployed in the ages of 18-34, there is a clear need for institutions to support graduating students as they prepare for their careers. Institutions can use CPS to track student's workplace-readiness development needs, discover the top target careers for students, and tailor other career programs based on reliable insights."

CPS can help students realize their full potential and accurately predict which jobs students will thrive in, helping institutions to provide real value for students in their job search process – from the early stages of evaluation and career identification through to matching students with open jobs.

"Cengage Learning operates with a unique faculty and student perspective, making this an ideal partnership," said Paul Basile, CEO of Matchpoint Careers. "Cengage Learning's expertise and long-standing relationships in the higher education space, combined with our deep knowledge of proven performance prediction in careers, will enable us together to give institutions a strong platform for career relevance and guide more students to their optimal professional life. As a result students who graduate from college will be more "workplace ready", prepared to thrive in careers that fit their interests and innate competencies and skills."

For more information on Cengage Learning, please visit www.cengage.com. For more information on Matchpoint Careers, please visit www.matchpointcareers.com.

About Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Boston, MA with operations in more than 20 countries around the world. For more, visit: www.cengage.com.

About Matchpoint Careers 
Matchpoint Careers (www.matchpointcareers.com) matches people and jobs using psychometrics, job profiling and social networking features – 32 very specific metrics – to create the best possible job-person match: always based on the proven predictors of performance for that job. For employers, Matchpoint Careers provides a shortlist of highly qualified candidates, with deep insight into each candidate's competencies, preferences and capabilities, showing why that person is a terrific match for the job. For jobseekers, Matchpoint Careers provides immediate self-knowledge and eliminates the frustration inherent in searching through myriads of job listings.

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