Hey there! Glad to see you’re interested in Praxis. We specialize in launching the careers of young professionals all around the globe. If this sounds intriguing to you, read on. We’re going to dive into why we do what we do, and most importantly what we do.
When it comes to education, there are two ways to approach learning. The model on the left describes your typical college/high school experience. It’s a linear progression with a clear end point. That process involves purely theory until it’s time to jump into the real world and put what you’ve learned into practice.
We saw a flaw in that model, and our program takes the approach on the right. This is a constant cycle that puts more emphasis on practice than it does theory. We live on the mantra of learning by doing. Most importantly, notice this model doesn’t have an end. Like I mentioned, it’s a constant cycle. We don’t think anyone should ever have a point where they stop learning.
So if not the typical college “book smarts”, what do we teach? Value creation. When it comes to your career and the professional world, only two things really matter.
1. Your ability to create value for others.
2. Your ability to prove it.
These two points are the centerpiece of everything we do at Praxis. If you’re going to do something, make it valuable to either yourself or someone else. On top of that, make sure you can prove it! Build a portfolio, start a website, develop a GitHub repository, do something that signals and proves without a doubt that you are capable. How do you do that?
Let’s start with our first point: creating value.
This isn’t always a clear process, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. First, drop the permission based mindset. If you have something you want to work on for your company, do it! Don’t ask permission. Be prepared to walk up to your boss with your completed project and ask if they are willing to adopt it, rather than if you’re allowed to do it in the first place. If they say no, you have something new to put in your portfolio!
The next thing you can do is actively identify problems. Get used to your environment and how everything runs. Ask questions to develop a clearer picture of the situation, and when you’ve done so, it will be easier to find areas that could use some help. When you’re actively seeking out problems to solve instead of ducking down and staying in your lane, it helps the entire organization stay efficient.
The last point on creating value is finding your niche. Dabble in several different areas and explore your skill set. Discover where the intersection lies between what you enjoy doing and what you excel at. Once you’ve found that area, don’t be afraid to reach out into other areas of the company, but make sure you are the best person to go to regarding your area.
The second part of this was proving it.
The best way to go about this is by documenting everything that you do. Taking on a new project for work? Write a blog post about it detailing what you’re doing and the process involved.
Learning something new in your personal time? Document your progress on YouTube and help teach others what you’re learning. When someone can clearly see that you’re not only excited to learn new things, but have the discipline to also document that for the benefit of others, you gain an insane edge over your peers, especially in job hunts.
I’m happy you’re still with me.
Let’s talk about what Praxis is and what we do for our participants. Praxis is a one-year startup apprenticeship program and career accelerator for young people who want more than college. We combine a 6-month bootcamp with a 6-month apprenticeship where we place you at a high-growth startup working alongside entrepreneurs while also completing our rigorous education experience, which includes one-on-one coaching, self-guided projects, skills training, and more.
Praxis gives young people a more direct path to a fulfilling professional life. We give you the experience, education, and training required for you to become successful now, not in four years. 96% of Praxis participants are fully employed upon graduation with the average starting salary of Praxis graduates being $50k in their first year.
We don’t use the term bootcamp lightly.
The first 6 months are challenging. Our participants are very motivated and self driven, and the curriculum needs just that in order for you to succeed. Every month is its own module and covers a topic within those 4 weeks. This can range from portfolio building to writing, and even philosophy.
Participants will have weekly deliverables to manage and turn in. Time management is also up to the participant. There won’t be any classes or delegated time to complete these deliverables, it’s all in their hands; just like a career.
They’re not on their own completely, however, we do have advisors that are available to provide mentorship at any time. On top of that, we also have frequent guest speakers who are just a few years ahead in their career and give valuable and actionable advice. Finally, the participants have each other. Everyone in the Praxis bootcamp is placed in a Slack channel where they interact with one another and provide feedback on each other’s deliverables. The community is very tight-knit and very engaging. It’s definitely possible that the Praxis network might be one of the most unique aspects of the experience as a whole.
After the bootcamp, participants get placed at their business partner (BP) and often relocate to that city.
During this time, they will be doing real work for a real startup. There’s no coffee fetching here (although there may be a lot of coffee), but work that directly affects the company they are with. This is our way of getting their skin in the game and putting theory into big-time practice.
During these 6 months, participants will be completing monthly projects for their BPs to ensure they’re creating value outside of their job description and ultimately land the permanent offer. There will also still be weekly discussions, skills workshops, and guest speakers during this time to maintain the content consumption aspect of education. Working at a startup is very fast paced, but very rewarding. Our participants know this and go all in, resulting in some impressive results.
Well, there you have it!
Hopefully this was able to answer any questions you had about the program, but if there’s still something that wasn’t covered, you are more than welcome to send me an email. I’d love to discuss anything on your mind and see what Praxis can do for you! Until next time.