03 2015

Unique New App Changing the Way Students Discover and Think About Careers

November 3rd 2015
The Learning Partnership launches ’Real Talk’, Providing High School Students With Advice From Young People Who Have Recently Made the School-to-Work Transition
November 3, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Getting into the workforce continues to be a big challenge for many young people in Canada. Youth unemployment (15 to 24-year olds) in Canada is nearly 14 percent – twice the general population.
That is why The Learning Partnership is launching its latest innovation, Real Talk today.  We spoke to students across the country about what they need to help them make choices about post-secondary options. And we used that feedback to team up with app designers Tiny Heart Studios to create this career app, which reaches out to students where they spend a lot of time: social media.
Real Talk is designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to gain "peer to peer" perspectives, advice, tips and resources from young people who have recently made the school to work transition. The app includes "what I wish I knew when I was in high school about the world of work", advice for success, recommended resources and basic salary information via profiles (already 500!) that "twenty-somethings" have created. Choosing a career direction isn't just about the ten-year plan, it’s about what needs to happen tomorrow. That’s why every Real Talk profile includes a list of resources curated by the authors themselves. Students can bookmark, like, and share the careers that interest them, while building a digital “to-do list” of resources to help plan “life after high school.” 
“As an organization committed to supporting, promoting and advancing publicly funded education, we are thrilled to launch an app that will support our young people in making choices about life after school,” said Akela Peoples, President and CEO of The Learning Partnership.  “Real Talk promotes multiple paths to success: there are profiles representing career fields leading from college, apprenticeship, university, and grad school as well as profiles of young Canadians who have gone straight to work after high school (which is about 30%). Young people from almost every province and territory are represented.”
The Learning Partnership is grateful for our project partnerships with Workopolis, for providing relevant labour market data for Real Talk, with Raise Your Flag for their insight, and with the young and creative app design team Tiny Hearts from the DMZ at Ryerson University.
About The Learning Partnership
The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. We do this through five key deliverables - innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence and ongoing collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.1 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership's programs. For more information on The Learning Partnership, visit
About Tiny Hearts Studios
Tiny Hearts is an award-winning app studio based in Toronto. Our apps have been featured in an Apple commercial and publications like the New York Times, Wired Magazine and Techcrunch. We work on products that change people's lives in small, meaningful ways – whether it's our own products or for clients. You can learn more about our work at
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