I’m often asked how Praxis is able to place participants in such demanding roles at high-growth startups.
Our business partners love our application process. They know we’ll only be connecting them with the most talented, driven young people around.
They’re confident the curriculum modules during the boot camp and throughout the apprenticeship prepare participants with the skills and mindsets needed to create more and more value.
But what absolutely thrills them is they know all of our participants receive 1-on-1 coaching and develop strong relationships with our program advisors.
The Role of Program Advisors
Imagine having a successful individual who is already living the life you want, dedicate a portion of their time to coaching you to become a better version of yourself on a regular basis. That’s exactly the role of our program advisors.
Participants and advisors meet about twice per month for 1-on-1 coaching sessions. Anything is up for discussion during these sessions, but here are some common themes participants focus on with their advisor.
How to get the most out of the apprenticeship experience
Your advisor will challenge you to build relationships with the Founder and other executives at your company and make sure you don’t just follow your job description, but create value and gain experience in ways you might not consider.
Advisors even help you transition to different roles and walk you through the most effective ways to receive raises while in the program.
Build daily habits and think more deeply about what you want
You might have developed some pretty poor professional and personal habits during your school years. Our advisors are fully aware of this and encourage you to pick 2-3 habits each month help you create 30-day personal challenges.
This is all in addition to the curriculum modules and projects you complete.
Figure out what direction to go and how to hunt down new opportunities
Toward the end of your Praxis experience, the focus starts to shift to what you want to do after the program. Now that you’ve put in the work to get that job offer lined up from your business partner and you’ve completed some substantial portfolio projects, you’re going to have much more self-awareness and professional know-how, but it won’t be quite complete (it never is).
Again, this is where your advisor really helps. He or she has that insanely valuable bird’s eye view of your entire program experience. They’ve seen first hand what type of work you were most excited about during the program and those times you struggled a bit. Your advisor can give you priceless guidance on what you should be pursue next.
They also have the resources and experience to help you navigate hunting down new job opportunities.
So that’s a little insight into the role of the Praxis program advisor. The last thing I would mention is the advisor-participant relationship is drastically different from anything you’ll witness between teacher and student. Our advisors are not authority figures. They are professionals who have experienced plenty of success and challenges in their own lives and know how to help young people discover what makes them come alive.