Our team understands the importance of pursuing and—ultimately—living your passion. Spending time at the job you desire will eventually have it ‘work’ for you, as you are never wasting your energy, but rather, enjoying yourself. Hence, our slogan. That is exactly why we decided to create a website that utilizes the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types alongside the OCEAN model, giving quiz takers a broad discipline and several career examples best suited to their character.
What it does
Our website, 16Pathways, evaluates the visitor’s MBTI personality type with a series of questions. They are then provided with a single career pathway and a handful of professions linked to the aforementioned type. It is important to keep in mind that, because the MBTI is a conceptual THEORY, the given results are in no way precise. Rather, they give the quiz taker some possibilities to consider moving forward.
How we built it
We built a couple of website layouts from scratch using HTML and CSS (frontend). Contrariwise, the quiz and its response system were built with Python (backend).
Challenges we ran into
It became very clear, very quickly, that we were bound to face many, MANY challenges throughout the making of 16Pathways. Whether it was coming up with a memorable name and slogan for the project or coding a working backend for the quiz, with 3 first-time hackathoners on the team, mistakes became a very habitual thing for us. Not knowing HTML or CSS prior to the hackathon proved very time-consuming as well—but a rewarding challenge nonetheless. We also had trouble linking the frontend with the backend, that is, processing the quiz results and sending them over to the backend. At first, we thought about using a text field, but after getting some help from a mentor (thank you Tanvir!), we learned how to properly read the values of checkboxes.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
For us, submitting a fully functioning project on time was a huge accomplishment on its own merits. Add to this the fact that we had to learn several programming languages within a very strict time frame, and that Hack the 6ix 2021 was—for 3 out of 4 of us—our very first hackathon. Mastering the coding software (i.e. Visual Studio Code and Github) used and applying the field of psychology to web development were also accomplishments in our eyes.
What we learned
Without question, this project has given the team a higher degree of familiarity with the website structure and the building process. The opportunity to work in a group setting has also inevitably improved our communication and teamwork skills. We also finally realize the limitless potential of web development and technology and the many unexpected ways it can be used to make the world a better place.
What's next for 16Pathways
We are definitely looking to expand 16Pathways and improve the accuracy of its results by collaborating with both professional psychologists and web developers alike. We believe their advice and support can bring more personalized feedback to quiz participants, which, in turn, can launch our project to mainstream spaces.