A group of four UC Berkeley students out of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship developed a data driven career matching application for early career individuals.  Inspired by the “50% of working Americans want to make a career change” (CNBC), their application, CareerStream, aims to aid workers in making that career change by helping them hone in on the skills they need to develop or work on.  

How it was started

All four founders expressed their frustration in the job search when all they heard about was record numbers of job openings.  Throughout their time at Berkeley, they all had individually familiarized themselves with machine learning frameworks, and felt as if the use of ML and AI by job sites was impeding their search.  They learned that many of these algorithms search for specific key skills and phrases, something CareerStream leverages when trying to help out workers.  

How does it work?

CareerStream operates using NLP and distance modeling to gauge what skills a worker needs for their desired job based on their existing skill set.  Users start by inputting their desired career area, and then follow that by entering their skills.  

From there, their app runs their model and gives the user potential matching jobs and the top skills for those jobs.  Skills that the user does not have are highlighted in red while those they do have are in green.  CareerStream also gives the user the top companies for their job list, as well as the ability to find jobs in that area.

CareerStream hopes to be a starting point for those looking to make a career change.  They hope that users will find the missing skills the most beneficial, and plan on expanding to adding resources to learn missing skills.  

CareerStream is a pre-seed startup founded by Ryan Chen, Tiffany Chung, Kelvin Ervais, and Sriharsha Guduguntla.  All four are undergraduate students at UC Berkeley studying a range of majors from Computer Science and Data Science to Political Economy.  

Contacts: Ryan Chen, Tiffany Chung, Kelvin Ervais, and Sriharsha Guduguntla

Industry Mentor: Sohini Roychowdury