After having your head buried in a book throughout your time in education, it can be more than daunting when faced with the prospect of entering the workplace. It’s not uncommon to be unsure about what skills you possess that employers are actually looking for.

This is something Ehoussoud Ehouabolet, founder of Unbiaz Ltd and University of Bath Innovation Centre (UBIC) member, thought needed changing. To do so he, along with help from Bristol-based developers Parkview Consultants Ltd, created GoodAt – an app that helps you discover your employability skills through playing simple games. Yes, there really is an app for everything now (and we love it).

“GoodAt has a job matching feature that allows students to get matched to published vacancies that suit their playing activities, their qualifications and any other interests”

 

We caught up with Ehoussoud to find out more about his idea and how it has progressed. He tells us, “When I was studying for my MBA at the University of Bath, I was shortlisted by an employer for a job test. I arrived at the test for a job opening poorly prepared and I lacked confidence during the assessment. I realised that students mostly don’t get prepared to enter the labour market while studying and when they do so, the experience is generally not joyful.”

The next step was evident for Ehoussoud: “I then decided to create an app that would make career development enjoyable.”

‘So, tell us what you’re good at’

A painful question for the introverted among us is the perennial ‘So, tell us what you are good at?’. And even for the extroverted, there’s not always an obvious answer. What skills are the employers looking for? Can I prove I have those skills? This is where GoodAt can offer a helping hand.

Ehoussoud explains, “GoodAt is a quiz-based mobile recruitment platform. Students can use GoodAt to test their knowledge about the business world and employability skills through a 1-minute quiz match of 5 questions.

“Graduate recruiters can use GoodAt to run online employer promotion activities leveraging our in-app quiz competitions. GoodAt also has a job matching feature that allows students to get matched to published vacancies that suit their playing activities, their qualifications and any other interests.”

“Aspiring entrepreneurs should know that it takes energy, time and savings to be an entrepreneur. There is no shortcut”

 

The Game, Set, Match format of this app makes it incredibly comprehensive. There’s the opportunity to increase your commercial awareness throughout your time at university to stand out from other applicants and ultimately become a better job candidate. And, if you don’t even know what type of career you want to do, GoodAt can give you some prompts by recommending roles that you’re best fitted to.

The benefits of this app aren’t just for students. Ehoussoud tells us, “Employers can also build a community of talented students that they could hire to fill some graduate positions.”

A word of advice

 

Ehoussoud (pictured right) has been in the startup business for a while now and is aware it can sometimes be a bumpy ride, “Doing your own business is not as easy a career as people might think.

“It requires a growth mindset, one that strives for success by coming up with solutions to real needs. Aspiring entrepreneurs should know that it takes energy, time and savings to be an entrepreneur. There is no shortcut.”

“Being a University of Bath Innovation Centre member is definitely a ‘must be’ for tech startups”

 

Passion and determination is essential when pursuing such a demanding career path. Ehoussoud says, “I am an entrepreneurial person. I was doing business in my home country (Ivory Coast) when I decided to flee the post-civil war environment to come to Bath, a city I found ideal for someone looking for a peaceful place. I was awarded the Moog MBA 2014 during my studies at the University of Bath and was offered some jobs I declined to pursue an entrepreneurial career.”

Rosie Bennett, Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Bath Innovation Centre (UBIC), praises Ehoussoud on his journey, telling us he took an excellent approach to getting his app out there. “Ehoussoud is a determined and driven entrepreneur and had already run a number of offline businesses before he joined us here at the University of Bath Innovation Centre to develop and launch his first tech business”, she says.

“He has taken a lean start-up approach – launching an early version of the GoodAt app to a small group of people and then iterating the design and functionality in line with feedback from the focus groups. We have been happy to support him with early stage start-up business support and through our SETsquared mentoring network.”

Ehoussoud joined UBIC when the idea for GoodAt first came to him, and he encourages people like him to do the same! He explains, “Being a UBIC member is definitely a ‘must be’ for tech startups in Bath. The environment is full of right people to guide you in the right direction.”

You can download the iOS GoodAt app today. To keep up with news from Unbiaz Ltd and other SETsquared members at UBIC, you can check out the University of Bath Innovation Centre website or follow them on Twitter here: @Bath_Innovation