- Graeme Fulton
- Project date
- February 2013
- UI Design, Responsive Design, PHP, WordPress
Lostgrad was created to help students discover opportunities from 4 categories: courses, work experience, graduate jobs, and travel. It was essentially a community site.
This project pretty much failed. You can read how it failed, and what's next for the project here.
A new version is under way, which you can see in my portfolio here.
In the learn section, the site aggregates courses from various course providers such as Coursera, Udemy, and Futurelearn, storing various bits of data about each course, and assigning a subject category. For example, when Computer Science is filtered from the side panel, only computer science courses will be shown:
A 'selected options' box is show in the top right to keep track of the user's filters, since it is possible to make multiple selections - e.g. Computer Science + Free + University + Course Provider. As each selection is made, the page reloads dynamically using AJAX to respond to the user's selections.
The user doesn't have to navigate away from the page either when opening boxes, as the box animates to the center of the screen, and then another AJAX request is sent to get present more data about that selection:
Users activity is displayed in the Community Activity feed:
Users can add items from around the site to their 'Backpack', allowing them to track their interests. A user's Backpack can be accessed from their profile:
At the moment, Lostgrad pulls in jobs from Indeed Jobs search. In the 'Work' section, it only finds jobs relevent to graduates - either graduate schemes, or entry level/junior roles. Whereas in the 'Experience' section, it finds voluntary, student, placement and internship jobs. Jobs found are categorised by profession, and also allows filtering by location, job type, company, and job provider.