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RBC Upskill helps young people explore careers and build skills for the future with AI

The online platform introduces youth to career possibilities, using artificial intelligence to offer personalized career advice, resources, and job opportunities

February 8, 2021  by CM Staff

PHOTO: Digitalseer via Wikimedia Commons

TORONTO — RBC Future Launch relaunched its free online career exploration platform, RBC Upskill – now powered by FutureFit AI to assist Canadian youth in navigating their career journey. More than 150,000 young people have used RBC Upskill since 2018 to understand their career potential.

Based on a self-generated, confidential profile, the platform now delivers young Canadians personalized career advice geared towards providing more efficient and effective ‘upskilling’ for their professional future. Youth can also explore potential career pathways and job opportunities, based on their areas of focus or interest identified through the platform.

RBC Upskill works through four simple steps:

  1. Locates where you are in your journey
    The platform leverages a combination of your confidential inputs including demographic information, skills, interests, and career preferences to provide truly customized work advice and guidance.
  2. Recommends potential destination careers
    Tailored, relevant recommendations provided by the platform allow you to quickly identify careers that are smart choices for you.
  3. Maps the pathway forward
    Helps you put together a learning plan mapping a clear path towards your career goals, including potential skill gaps, learning opportunities to help address those gaps, work experience to look for, and resources to add to your career toolbelt.
  4. Guides you along the way
    With suggested ‘next actions,’ insights on the job market, and helpful tips and tools, the platform guides and coaches you through your career preparation journey and helps propel you towards your career goals.

“Our support for Canadian youth, who are grappling with preparing for the future of work while dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, evolves today with this exciting new vision for RBC Upskill,” said Mark Beckles, Vice-President, Social Impact and Innovation, RBC, in a prepared statement. “Now leveraging artificial intelligence to provide tailored advice and resource recommendations, we will assist more young people in understanding their potential and guiding them towards achieving it.”

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“RBC Future Launch has been a trailblazer in supporting young people prepare for the future of work and we are excited to partner with them to bring the power of AI to RBC Upskill,” said Hamoon Ekhtiari, CEO, FutureFit AI. “This partnership puts FutureFit AI’s globally recognized intelligence in service of powering young Canadians with the personalized recommendations and access to resources they need to succeed in the new world of work.”