Recently Praxis COO joined the host of Lions of Liberty, Marc Clair, to chat about his career story, higher education, the coronavirus, and more.
Listen to the episode:
Here are some highlights from the episode:
How Mitchell first got involved in education
He was the straight-A overachieving student. He was hell-bent on pursuing the most prestigious route in college: medical school. But he got involved with a startup in his sophomore year. While working there he realized he didn’t want to go to medical school. He wanted to work on something interesting to him.
At graduation, he still didn’t know what he wanted to do but decided he’d pursue law school. In the meantime, he started crossing off things he didn’t like.
Then he met Isaac Morehouse. And Isaac challenged him to put off his law school dreams for one year. Praxis was still in the early stages, but Mitchell made the leap and joined the program. And since, he’s never looked back. After completing the Praxis bootcamp, he joined Ceterus, where he helped grow the team from 20 to 150 while quadrupling revenue.
Fast-forward to today: he’s helping hundreds of other young professionals build careers that make them come alive, just like he did.
“The cost of college is continuing to balloon out of control. At the same time many young people don’t know what they want to do. That’s a terrible time to go and mortgage your future and strap yourself down to a ton of debt!” —Mitchell
What Kind of Person is Praxis for?
There are people out there with this burning belief inside that they’re meant for more. They’re on this mission to go do something big with their lives.
The traditional systems don’t support these tinkerers; the people that can’t sit still in school. In the end, many never pursue those things they are crazy about.
We’re here to help those people get clarity about what career paths they want to take. It’s a career discovery process. But it’s also about helping people get stared strong without the debt. It’s about helping them live a self-directed life and build a self-directed learning experience. It’s about helping them get ahead in the real world without a parachute of debt and uncertainty.
We want to help them start strong. Start faster. Start cheaper. But also to start with a community of people that are on the same self-directed mission! And that’s a cool thing to witness.
“The fact is, college is expensive. And that’s just factoring in the cost; that’s not figuring foregone earnings.” —Mitchell
The Praxis vs. college approach to landing a job
Many college students feel powerless when it comes to getting a job. “I’m waiting for someone to pick me.”
At Praxis, it’s all about taking control—taking self ownership and personal agency and maintaining that. It’s not about looking for openings; it’s about creating your own opportunities!
Here are some examples of questions our participants ask when adopting this approach:
- What are some companies that are interesting to me?
- What companies are hiring for types of skills I’m good at?
- How can I position myself to solve a problem for these companies?
- Is this the best way to get a higher education?
- Can I get a version of this from home?
- Do I have to live on campus and pay thousands of dollars for this experience?
- Do we really have to pay for these massive on-campus buildings?
From there, it’s about showcasing your value in a way that’s interesting to the company. Create projects that show the company you can be a great addition to the team. If the project doesn’t end up getting you a job, at least it’s an addition to the portfolio of work you’re building that will ultimately showcase your value to anyone who wants to hire you!
This approach is fundamentally different from saying “Here’s my resume. It says I know Excel.”
The Coronavirus and its impact on education
Since the coronavirus, colleges have gone online. Many are losing funding. Hundreds are facing the prospect of shutting down for good.
What’s the impact of all this?
It’s simple: arguments for the traditional higher education experiment are beginning to break down. People are asking questions like:
In the end, the coronavirus will only help to put higher education under a microscope to bring a fresh perspective to the table:
What could higher education be?
This is only a snapshot of the discussion. Check out the full episode for more career insights and optimism for the future of higher ed!