The learning model of the future
More and more start-ups are pushing the education market and are competing with the established institutions with faster and more flexible offers.
What else online learning models still need is a way to motivate their students in the long term. To this end, some StartUps today have already found very successful answers.
It is estimated that 90% of all jobs in 2020 will require a secure handling of digital techniques. In order not to miss the trend, many people are already asking themselves where they want to learn the skills for the digital age.
Do StartUps Universities take the place?
Until now, only the possibility had been formed of the old system of the Volkshochschulen and universities. Traditionally, however, they have not yet provided the targeted content that StartUps today demand from their employees.
Therefore, some of them are starting to take the training of the new tech generation in their own hands. One of these startups, CareerFoundry, already offers courses in UX Design and Web Development.
Learn what the practice needs
Unlike in normal educational institutions, this is only taught as fast and cost-efficient as possible.
Raffaela Rein, CEO and co-founder of CareerFoundry, had the idea of a tech bootcamp, as these types of trainings are also called, as their last employer, Axel Springer, got problems 150 new developers for his innovation lab.
Skills shortage due to lack of education
From this experience, she concluded that the high demand for developers in many industries can not be covered at the current level of education.
It seemed illogical that there were so many well-educated people in Europe who do not seem to have the right skills in this area.
The Founding Story
The founding of CareerFoundry was made out of the hope to make a contribution to bringing even more people into the creative, highly paid and fulfilling careers by providing new skills.
Raffaela, whose careers included, among others, BlackRock in London and the StartUp Incubator Rocket, believes that we are just starting a new development of personal learning.
Online learning with mentoring
When she founded CareerFoundry 2013 together with Martin Ramsin, it was her intention to make an interactive system that motivated long-term motivation, using the online tutorials, which are purely based on tutorial videos and text messages:
“To be honest, onlineCourses have always had the problem of keeping your students motivated. We have therefore created a mentoring system that motivates and supports the students through a personal mentor, coaches our participants to excellence and is always available for advice and support via Skype ”.
Self-determined learning as an opportunity for the future
Since its founding, CareerFoundry has grown steadily by 60% per month, and has now become customers in over 20 countries around the world. The team of 13 sits firmly in Berlin. From here, it manages a network of 80 mentors scattered around the world.
Raffaela reports that a large number of her students, who are now "graduates," have started promising careers in both UX design and web development.
In the coming months, Raffaela and her team plan to further expand their offer and make the learning experience even more motivating. In the end, that's exactly what it's all about: self-determined learning can open doors to a better future - and the scene is just beginning to develop.
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