Imagine an education where you could showcase your abilities through content creation. Imagine not having to take standardized tests, but instead spending that valuable time making something you’re proud of.
That’s why at Praxis, we place a high priority on deliverables. They are tangible creations that each participant makes to show the work they are completing during the boot camp. Unlike tests, deliverables can be uniquely adapted to each individual’s personal goals and skills. Here, you’ll see some of the top examples that Praxis participants have created.
Module 2 of the Praxis bootcamp is a project module. Each participant completes a professional project for his or her portfolio in 30 days! Doing this builds the skills of time management, self-analysis, perseverance, and creativity, to mention a few!
A good project ideally does two things:
- showcase skills the creator already has
- build new skills for the creator to put in his tool belt
At every stage of the process, each individual gets feedback from fellow Praxis participants and advisors.
Joey Wickham’s Module 2 Deliverable:
Praxis participant Joey Wickham built a project with the specific goal of learning as much as he could in an area he had never studied before: sales.
So he built a podcast. The Thing About Sales is a 5-episode series in which Joey interviews sales professionals in many different stages of their careers. “Whether you are interested in sales, alternative education, or simply creating value in your company, this is a podcast for you.”
Joey took his project to the next level when he built an email list and cold-called his contacts to ask them to join. (He had almost a 100% success rate with this approach- sounds like he built some sales skills!)
Finally, he made a video overview for the Praxis Youtube channel talking about what he learned from his project!
Who is Joey Wickham?
Joey is a Praxis participant and visionary. He chose Praxis because he “never fully fit into the ‘education’ mold that seemed to be set for every kid growing up.”
We asked Joey a couple questions about his project:
What inspired you to complete this project?
“Every step of the way, I felt like I was in way over my head. I wanted to prove to myself that I could learn new skills and use them to accomplish things I never would have dreamed of a month before.”
What is the biggest lesson you learned?
“When you make every minute count, the sum of your work is higher than you thought was possible. I spent almost every minute I wasn’t working at my job on this project. I felt I accomplished more in this one month than I did the entire year before.”
What are you looking forward to working on next?
“I’m excited to continue on with podcasting! I’ve got some plans for a podcast on careers, and in the next month or so, I look forward to working on it and getting it out there!”