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Hats & Ladders!

We’re helping schools, colleges and non-profits create the next generation of career thinkers and doers.

Serving SYEP Across the Nation

Join the many SYEP programs helping teens and young adults get the most out of their summer work readiness experience.

Reach out to discuss how Hats & Ladders can help you achieve your program goals.

Reimagine Career Education

Empowering individuals through career-building experiences, skills development and increased self awareness.

Hats & Ladders uses proven game mechanics, up-to-date occupational data, and personalized instruction to motivate the next generation of career thinkers and doers. Our mission is to empower teens and young adults with career-building experiences, skills, and opportunities so they can take small steps now that lead to big leaps later.

Build Your Profile

Complete fun, visual self- assessments. Your profile evolves along with your interests and experiences.

Explore Careers That Fit

Explore hundreds of in-demand careers, or “Hats”, select your favorites and unlock new career pathways.

Find & Climb Ladders

Engage with “Ladders”, or real-world, hands-on activities that build workplace experience and career skills.

Track Progress

Measure and share progress toward career milestones and use data to accelerate organizational impact.

Winner of the Reach Higher Career App Challenge!

Hats & Ladders is honored to have won the grand prize in the U.S. Department of Education’s Reach Higher Career App Challenge—a 2016 White House initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama to empower youth to take control of their futures and complete their education beyond high school. The career app challenge called on educators and app developers to propose mobile-based solutions to help youth “navigate education and career pathways, and increase the capacity of career counselors to assist students.” Read our full Reach Higher Story here.

Our winning solution featured:

  • Visual, youth-centric content
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Research-based career recommendation engine
  • Alignment with CTE clusters
  • Integrated government data feeds
  • Direct connection to formal & informal career training
  • Connections to real world workplace experiences for youth

Recent Blog Posts

H&L Goals 2021
Setting Achievable Goals for Career Planning in 2021

Ok, 2020 was a pretty crazy year, right? Although we’re already a month and a half into 2021, we say it’s never too late to plan goals for the year! Plus, after the year we had in 2020, don’t we all deserve a little wiggle room!?!  Here are some of our top suggestions for making […]

Posted in: Advice,
Tags: Career Development, Career Education, Get Climbing, Hats & Ladders, Youth Development,
5 Key Trends in the World of Career Education

Hats & Ladders was recently featured in a whitepaper released by Entangled Solutions (now part of Guild Education) outlining the various tools and resources available to students in their transition from education to career. Check out the white paper here: Unlocking Career Potential An Analysis of the Career Navigation & Guidance Product Landscape. Their research […]

Posted in: Advice,
Tags: Career Development, Career Education, Get Climbing, Hats & Ladders, Youth Development,
Hats & Ladders Collaborates with WGBH on Career Hacks Videos

We’ve hinted at this project for some time now, and we’re thrilled to finally announce that Hats & Ladders has collaborated with WGBH on a series of Career Hacks videos!  These videos, which are designed for young adults and teens, were developed to guide and help increase workforce and career readiness.  Ranging from topics like […]

Posted in: Advice,
Tags: Career Development, Career Education, Get Climbing, Hats & Ladders, Youth Development,


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