University of Oulu

Mattila, Juho; Leinonen, Eeva; Hietaniemi, Ilkka; Firouzian, Aryan; Pulli, Petri (2018) Developing a gamified platform to involve unemployed youth in job-seeking activities. In : D. King (ed.) 19th International Conference on Intelligent Games and Simulation, GAME-ON 2018, pp. 144-150. Eurosis-ETI.

Developing a gamified platform to involve unemployed youth in job-seeking activities

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Author: Mattila, Juho1; Leinonen, Eeva1; Hietaniemi, Ilkka1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE), Oulu Advanced Research on Service and Information Systems (OASIS)
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019090627199
Language: English
Published: Eurosis-ETI, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-09-06
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Abstract

Although it is commonly known that young people are active online users, the challenge is, how to attract them to use job-seeking services. Using game design elements in non-game context to create immersive experiences can have a significant impact on the usage of motivation. Our interest was to examine how to find solutions that make the elements of gamification and human skills complement each other in the best possible way. The project’s objective was to build a platform using game technologies that bridge isolated young people and work services together for the purpose of helping young people in their job-seeking activities. After extensive research and prototyping, a gamified design for the main application was selected, and serious gaming ideology was chosen as the learning method for a range of training games that the main application would unify together as a platform. We are arguing that gamified job-hunting services have potential to support and activate the unemployed young in job search processes by promoting employment and corresponding to the needs of young adults.

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ISBN: 978-94-92859-04-4
Pages: 144 - 150
Host publication: 19th International Conference on Intelligent Games and Simulation, GAME-ON 2018
Host publication editor: King, David
Conference: International Conference on Intelligent Games and Simulation
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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Funding: The research presented in this paper was supported by Serious Games platform for Business and Education (SEGABU) project.
Copyright information: © The Authors.