- The opportunity to do substantial work for growing startups and successful businesses.
- Weekly coaching sessions designed to help you attain your professional goals faster.
- Regular opportunities to shadow successful founders and entrepreneurs.
- Liberal Arts and business curriculum specifically built for the aspiring entrepreneur.
- Living in a new city and developing your own professional network.
- A two-month boot camp to prepare you for an intensive work experience.
These components of Praxis are a big reason why I wake up every day excited to coach our participants and discuss the program with talented young people who trying to figure out how to build a career that makes them come alive. I can’t think of a better way to prepare someone to kick ass in life than to package these together into a one year experience (if you do, please let me know!).
While these components add tremendous value to our participant’s success, I would bypass all of them if asked to select the one element of the Praxis experience that pushes our participants to greatness more than anything else.
I would choose the Personal Development Project.
A Praxis Personal Development Project (PDP) is a short-term set of challenges with the goal of gaining self-knowledge, overcoming obstacles to success, and gaining mastery in areas of value to the individual and the marketplace.
For the majority of a young person’s life they are told where to be, what knowledge they need to gain, and what skills they need to develop in order to be successful. Their day-to-day structure is designed for them, which makes it an incredible challenge to transition to professional life successfully.
Creating and completing a PDP helps you instill creativity as an everyday habit, develop marketable skills, and provide tangible evidence that you can create value for others. It helps you overcome those unproductive habits you developed in over-structured institutions like school and start deciding for yourself what knowledge and skills you value. Ultimately, the purpose of a PDP is to become a superior version of yourself within a short-time frame.
Praxis participants complete a series of 12 PDP’s throughout their program experience. With the help of their program advisor and access to resources like the Praxis Curriculum Library, each month they create a PDP and follow through with completing it.
Some of our participants wanted to share what they are creating this month to give you a better idea of what a PDP could look like.
If you’re a young person looking to take control of your education and professional development, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll help you create your very own 30-day PDP!
Praxis Business Partner: Aceable
January PDP Focus: Product Development, KickStarter Campaign, Personal Finances
Praxis Business Partner: Crane Rental Company
Jan. PDP Focus: History & Culture Module, Writing, and Speed Reading
Praxis Business Partner: Practice Paradox
Jan. PDP Focus: Digital Marketing, Web Development, and Content Creation
Praxis Business Partner: Foundation for Economic Education
Jan. PDP Focus: Self-Publishing and Writing
Praxis Business Partner: Owens Harkey Advertising
Jan. PDP Focus: Self-Knowledge and Career Direction