The number of Praxis participants is growing each week and I’m pumped to introduce new participant Alex Wahl.
Alex is off to an impressive start in the program. He’s apprenticing in sales and client services for Praxis Business Partner, CloudJumper. CloudJumper, based out of Raleigh, NC, provides app virtualization to help companies integrate cloud services. Throughout his apprenticeship, Alex will be gaining real-world experience and unique insights on how to be a successful professional at a growing startup.
Alex has also internalized the Praxis mindset very early on. You can check out his 3D Printing Shop at his personal website and keep updated on his Praxis experience!
Join Alex and Apply to Praxis Now! Classes Begin Every Month.
As part of his Praxis experience, Alex has started a series of customized personal and professional development challenges, portfolio projects, create a personal website, and work with Praxis advisors and entrepreneurs in our network to join the top 1% of young professionals!
What He’ll Learn:
- How to relate his passions to his profession
- How to distinguish himself from his peers and competitors
- How to teach himself anything
- How to be interesting and indispensable
- How to create projects and get things done
What He’ll Do:
- Create Two Independent Business Projects
- Build a Personal Website and Develop an Online Presence
- Complete a 3-Month Portfolio Project
- Become a Regular Content Creator
- Become an Entrepreneurial Thinker
We asked Alex about his decision to apply to Praxis and this is what he said:
If there’s one thing I’m passionate about, it’s achieving results. My strong problem-solving and cognitive abilities have often allowed me access to results through means that my peers don’t grasp so quickly. I remember a time during a high school chemistry course my freshman year. We were doing conversions and I wasn’t paying the most attention, so the teacher decided to single me out, calling me for an answer. I quickly did the conversion in my head, and when the teacher assumed I had read it off my neighbor’s sheet, he asked me to explain how I got to the answer. I gave a two sentence explanation of my method, which was far simpler than how they were trying to teach us, and the class gave me a look as if to say “Wow, that does work a lot better.” My teacher was forced to move on, but since points were awarded for showing your work, I often lost those points as the work I was showing was not the “proper” method. Fast forward to who I am today, having attended classes at 4 separate post-secondary schools either as a sit in or an enrolled student, I found this stifling sort of attitude prominent. I wanted a program that focused more on my personal development than college ever could while producing the tangible results I’m so passionate about. Praxis fit the bill perfectly.
During my time in the Praxis program, I will be working with CloudJumper, a company that specializes in cloud-based computing and delivers an in-the-cloud desktop to its customers. I’m excited to be working in the tech industry because I’ve grown up around computers, but it’s new territory in my professional life. My past work experience has been quite varied. I’ve ripped out and installed countertops, performed regular animal care at a pet store, taught students how to make bowls and mugs out of clay, coached an entire debate team, and along the way I’ve been able to pick up a lot of customer service skills and served in management positions. Just like I’ll be doing at CloudJumper, I’ve always enjoyed exploring new tasks and learning the varied skills necessary. This passion for learning generally precedes my work life, however. Before I started working at a pet store, I was already running over 250 gallons worth of aquariums, before coaching I myself was a fairly successful debater, and before expanding the skill set of students in their own ceramics classes, I had been spending hours of my own time working with clay over the course of 4 years.