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A Crash Course in Getting Hired at the Next Facebook
The Atlantic ^ | October 4, 2012 | Kathryn Hawkins

Posted on 10/05/2012 6:46:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A free six-week program for recent college graduates and career-changers helps students get the chops to land jobs at innovative startup companies.

To Ian Markowitz, a recent graduate of Bentley College, his Boston Startup School instructors' request sounded like a simple errand.

"They asked the sales class to go out and get lunch for all 72 students in the program," he says.

Then came the catch: They weren't allowed to spend any money.

In what would become a daily task, Markowitz and his fellow students sought out local restaurants to donate lunch to their hungry classmates. Though the task seemed daunting, they were largely successful: The students were able to use their sales techniques to solicit 10 donated lunches over the course of the six-week program.

The project helped Markowitz polish the skills he would need to work at a startup. "Startups need people who are willing to go out on a ledge," he says. "No one tells you how to do things, so you need to have confidence in your own abilities."

It's a unique assignment, but then, Boston Startup School is a unique program. Billed as a "finishing school" for recent college graduates and job-switchers who want to work for startups, the program offers students immersive lessons led by volunteers from the startup community. Students can choose from one of four tracks: sales & business development, marketing, product design, and software development. The program is selective--20 percent of students were admitted to the inaugural class--but, for those who are accepted, there is no tuition. The program is sponsored by partner companies including UTest and Brightcove, which have successfully recruited new employees from the graduating class.

Boston Startup School is the brainchild of several entrepreneurs behind TechStars Boston, an incubator that provides funding and training to early-stage startup companies...

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Education
KEYWORDS: economy; employment; entrepreneurs; internet
Be a good idea for any area.
1 posted on 10/05/2012 6:46:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Theft of food follows theft of privacy.


2 posted on 10/05/2012 6:52:33 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Donations are theft?


3 posted on 10/05/2012 6:56:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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So they taught some students how to beg? Not a very good trait to develop in a salesperson. It would have been better to demand that the students find a way to get discounted food.

Find me someone who can walk into McDonalds and get a 20% discount off the top, and I'll take a longer look at him or her as a candidate.

4 posted on 10/05/2012 7:10:25 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Do you see that fourth floor apartment balcony?"
"Yes"
"I want to see you standing there within one hour"

Similar antics described in a semi-accurate movie.
5 posted on 10/05/2012 7:11:17 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Instructional tale, recently someone I know posted a job for programming for startup offering nothing but the opportunity to sweat and if successful you might get rich.

The only replies came from people trying to sell offshore/outsourced programming services.

I’m surprised these kids didn’t starve.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 7:18:33 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bunch’a looters.


7 posted on 10/05/2012 7:23:20 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

10 donated lunches in 6 weeks is “largely successful”?


8 posted on 10/05/2012 7:24:54 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

I would’ve done their recruiting for that same deal.


9 posted on 10/05/2012 7:34:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kid, I asked my dad for some food once and he told me to go suck on a rock.

Here’s your rock.


10 posted on 10/05/2012 9:31:20 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (I'm no racist!! I just hate white folks!!! - BHO 2007)
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