Your Career… Your Life..

March 31, 2011

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them
George Bernard Shaw

We have just finishing usability and user experience testing on a very interesting online software service that provides career coaching.  This is a web based resource for career self-development and planning from Rational Careers.

Before testing, we always take some time to fully understand the product we are looking at and I had the opportunity to go through this programme on-line.  This requires you to complete a variety of different exercises and to reflect about what is important to you in your career and your life.  It is not difficult, and the sections are well thought out to guide you through a series of steps that eventually lead you towards a career plan.  But it does take a bit of time to really think about where you think your skills lie and what is of value to you.  Very thought provoking!

Here’s what John Costello, CTO of Rational Careers had to say about the whole experience of usability testing in NELL.

For us Usability Testing with NCI was an input to a significant product redesign. We learned a lot about how users perceived our product, what they thought it was, what added value they got from it and what their expectations were.   Also, being able to witness the testing was a rich learning experience and we got an excellent report at the end of the testing.  We are currently in the middle of our redesign and the Usability Testing is a real help in guiding us.”

This research was funded by Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Voucher Initiative.






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