Sokanu was founded by Spencer Thompson out of coffee shops and in his room in Vancouver
CareerExplorer is made up of talented people across data science, design, marketing, and engineering.
Since launch, we have helped millions of people find their dream careers or figure out their next move in life.
We help millions find, work toward, and achieve their ideal careers each year — from bright students trying to pave their education paths to individuals looking for career changes. We empower people to make their best next moves.
In high school, Spencer Thompson noticed a pattern among his classmates when it came to post-graduation plans: they made choices based upon what family or friends thought they should do, rather than their intrinsic passions, capabilities, or potential.
In 2012, Spencer founded Sokanu to solve this problem. He partnered with PhD career psychologists to reinvent the standard career test and launched what would become CareerExplorer — a world-class career platform powered by modern science and technology.
Today, CareerExplorer is the world’s most comprehensive source of career data and information, with over 1,000 profession and degree profiles, up-to-date labor market data, how-to guides, expert interviews, and more. We are partnering with leading education, coaching, and training organizations to give our users the skills they need to take the next step in their careers. It’s why millions trust us to guide them down the right path each year.
Lead with science
Empower the individual
The definition of “success” is highly personal. Traditional paths don’t work for everyone. We create tools that reflect the many options people have, and we remove subjectivity about career desirability in our assessment. After all, what may be an undesirable career for one person is someone else’s perfect match.
Personality science meets data science and dynamic labor market data. We take a rigorous approach to building and continuously refining our career matching algorithm and machine learning. This gives our users the most accurate results, tailored to their unique experience and personality.
We believe that self-exploration is important, and create time and space for our users to focus on themselves and their futures. After health and relationships, work is the most important factor in overall happiness. We help people feel confident and informed about their career decisions, then chart a course to achieving their goals.
Our team brings diverse backgrounds in psychology, education, career training, publishing, healthcare, UX design, engineering,
and data science.
Some of us have had winding careers across multiple industries, others have stayed in one field for years. We know how complex choosing the right career can be, whether you’re just starting out or well into a life of work. That's why we've each made it our mission to help millions of others find their way to success and fulfillment.
Marketing & content
Senior Content Writer
Lead Infrastructure Engineer
We lean on an external team of experts who do big things in psychology, education, and technology.
CEO, Intellispark | Co-Founder, Naviance
Founding Partner, Cambria
Registered Psychologist | President, Stefan Fraser & Associates
CEO, Honest Renter | Lead Scientist, Sokanu (Former)