The average young professional sucks.
After 17 years of schooling, from kindergarten to college, most young professionals don’t have real world work or creativity skills to create value in a company.
Not only do they lack skill, a lot of college grads don’t even have the ambition to create value for an employer. They believe that their degree has made them intrinsically valuable and they aren’t willing to prove their worth.
When 23-year-old graduates are failing, how can 17-year-old Praxis participants succeed?
With the right mindset and the right community.
Praxis participants have varied skill sets, but they share a mindset in common. They have the drive to create value for themselves and others, and the assertiveness to go ahead and create without instruction.
The right mindset is critical to overcoming the challenges of being a raw new employee. The other piece of the puzzle is the support and advising of the Praxis community.
Praxis participants have access to the large community of current participants, alumni, and advisors to support and challenge them to continually learn and grown. This community support is the behind the scenes work that helps 17-year-old college opt-outs get ahead of 23-year-old college grads.
Bad Ideas and No Support
The average young professional starts their career with a head full of bad ideas about work, and no support.
Most young people absorb their beliefs about work from their parents, tenured academics, and their friends. With the exception of a lucky few with entrepreneurial parents, most graduates of traditional education have a head full of dis-empowering ideas about work.
The key to overcoming those ideas is to have peers and mentors who understand your situation. People to learn from and people to call you on your B.S. But, the average young professional has no support or mentorship outside the office.
As a young professional, a lot of your friends are still in college, so you don’t have anyone experienced to talk to about challenges at work. Your friends that are working are likely just as lost as you are. Having someone who understands your challenges, has experience, and can regularly work with you is immensely valuable. This is exactly what you get in Praxis.
The Personal Trainer for Your Career
As a Praxis participant, you have the opportunity to work with an advisor every week of the nine-month program.
- The first and third weeks of the month are group calls with the 15 other current participants in your cohort.
- The second and fourth weeks of the month are available for one-on-one sessions with any of the program advisors.
What does an individual advising session look like?
A constantly changing and evolving process.
Every advising session is different because Praxis is about supporting individuals not about creating a collective.
Praxis advisors aren’t arbitrary authority figures. We don’t hand out grades, assignments, or judgment. We are there to serve our customers, the participants.
So the advising agenda is dictated by the participants.
Each session, participants send an email outlining the challenges they want to talk about. This can range from talking about an emotional experience at a family funeral, to deciding if a job is right for them long-term, all the way to strategies for eating healthier.
Each participant has their own strengths and challenges. As an advisor, I adjust my approach to the situation and the participant.
What stays consistent is the peer approach to advising. Advisors don’t act like authority figures. We ask questions, create thought experiments, and relate stories from our own experience. We try to help participants see things; we don’t act like we know what is right for them.
Who is on your team?
As a Praxis alumnus and advisor, I am constantly in awe of the support system participants have as they start their careers.
Entering the workforce is not easy. If you listen to your peers and parents, you get the impression that there is nothing you can do to create a career you are passionate about.
Navigating this swamp of dis-empowering ideas is hard. A support system of like-minded and ambitious peers and mentors makes a tremendous difference as you adapt and learn to work at a high level.
While average young professionals are alone trying to figure out how to make it, Praxis participants have a wealth of resources available to them and a full team of peers and advisors behind them rooting for their success. This support system is a key reason why Praxis participants excel while most young professionals suck.