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Welcome to Sokanu, the Internet’s Largest Career Advancement Platform

Our mission is simple: to support our users in total career advancement. 

Serving over 10 million people per year, we use cutting-edge data science to help people discover their best-fit careers and give them the tools they need to make that career a reality.

Products

The world of work and education is changing faster than ever. We’ve built a suite of products to address the current landscape and help our users find their place in it.

CareerExplorer Assessment
CareerExplorer Assessment
CareerExplorer
Assessment

The world’s most advanced career-matching system

CareerExplorer is the world’s most widely-used career assessment. With 10 million unique visitors per year, nearly 500 million questions answered, and up-to-date data on over 1,000 degrees and careers, it is the most comprehensive source of career information on the market. We help individuals discover their top career and degree matches and understand their unique personality traits through advanced machine learning algorithms and psychometric testing. Our career and degree profiles provide in-depth, real-time information on salaries, market demand, demographics, career paths, and career satisfaction.

CareerExplorer Assessment
CareerExplorer Membership
CareerExplorer
Membership

A platform for career development at every stage

A CareerExplorer membership provides a broad range of benefits for both career launchers and changers, including detailed personality reports, free career coaching sessions; special offers on online courses, bootcamps, career training and test preparation services from leading brands, and thousands of lifestyle discounts to help members save money on entertainment, travel and other core living expenses while they invest in their careers.

At just $48 per year ($36 for students) and with such a broad array of member benefits, a CareerExplorer membership pays for itself many times over each year.

CareerExplorer Assessment
CareerExplorer Community
CareerExplorer
Community

A network for career support and guidance

Career advancement is not just about what you know; it’s also about whom you know. At CareerExplorer, we want to help individuals build a large network and learn from peers and mentors.. The CareerExplorer Discord Community is a dynamic, online network providing connection to other career-focused individuals. Discord is a popular voice and text chat platform with over 130 million registered users after only a few years on the market. Ours is a modern forum that offers members the ability to ask important questions, connect with people all over the world, and access weekly live Q&As, guest lectures from career counselors and coaches, and more.

About

In high school, Spencer Thompson recognized a pattern among his classmates. They chose what to study in school and what career to pursue based on what their parents, friends, or guidance counselors told them to do. Many ended up taking random assortments of courses in college and working in unfulfilling jobs. Spencer set out to create a company that would help every individual find their passion in life and founded Sokanu in 2012.

Partnering with PhD career psychologists, Sokanu reimagined the standard career test using cutting-edge machine learning and psychometrics. The test is now the most comprehensive career, interest, personality, and preference assessment ever built. Users discover their top career matches from an encyclopedia of 1000+ careers and degrees, and can explore how-to guides, personality reports, and real-time labor market data.

After years of honing this best-in-class assessment, the Sokanu team recognized a need in the market for more robust career support and guidance. In June 2020, we launched a membership program to give every single person the opportunity for career advancement, not just those who started at an advantaged position. Through curated features and partnerships, a CareerExplorer membership provides career seekers and changers with the resources they need at every stage of their journey. We have also recently added new financial aid services to help users make these career transitions and fund their education with minimal debt.

Sokanu’s suite of products today provides complete career support through the CareerExplorer Assessment, the CareerExplorer Membership, and the CareerExplorer Community.

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Team

Josh Reibel

Josh Reibel

CEO

Josh is a 30-year veteran of the education industry and one of its most successful entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Sokanu, Josh led Wireless Generation — a K–12 assessment and curriculum company — as its President and COO and later as CEO of its Learning Division after it was acquired by News Corp and rebranded Amplify Education. He has held senior executive positions within Kaplan and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He started his career as a high school English and Philosophy teacher. Josh holds a BA from Harvard and MA and EdM degrees from Columbia University.

Spencer Thompson

Spencer Thompson

Founder and President

Spencer founded Sokanu in 2012, based on a theory that most career development technology hadn’t evolved since the 1950s. He led the development of the company as CEO through 2017, and is now President and a Board Director. Spencer is also the founder of Prelude, a cybersecurity training and automated red team tool used by a variety of organizations, including intelligence agencies and large corporations. He is also an advisor to several seed/impact venture funds, and studied econometrics at the University of London. 

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Director and Senior Advisor
Founder of Naviance and former President of Hobsons

Stephen Smith is the CEO of Intellispark, chair of the national board at College Possible, and a member of the board of the National College Access Network. He was previously co-founder and chief executive of Naviance, a leading college and career readiness platform used in 12,000 schools in more than 100 countries. He later joined Hobsons through its acquisition of Naviance, where he was president and chief product officer and led global product strategy, corporate development, student data privacy, and research and development. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, cum laude, and an MBA from Cornell University.

The Sokanu Team

The Team

We rely on a talented and diverse group of data scientists, engineers, designers and marketers. We have a flat culture and rely on everyone to deliver a world-class experience to solve problems in our space....

We’re on the look out to expand our talent.
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