Last month I went through the placement process, the period of time in which Praxis participants are placed with the startup they’ll apprentice at. During my placement process, I learned how to present myself and my skills, how to send a professional email and how to better prepare for interviews. I learned how to talk about who I am while demonstrating my excitement for a company and who they are. Above all, the most powerful thing I learned from my placement process was this:
I don’t need a degree or years of experience to get a good job.
I need to create value for a company and show it to them. That’s it.
What does this mean?
During my placement process, I found a problem on the website of the company I was interviewing with. I figured out how to solve it. I discussed with my placement specialist how I might go about communicating this to the company, and not long after I did, they offered me a position as a junior developer. It seems to make so much sense to go create value for a company you want to work for, yet we’re told to spend years waiting in school so we can receive a paper that adds no real value to any employer.
While working with my placement specialist, I learned how to stop waiting for jobs to come to me and how to just go get them. Recently when I was talking to a company about doing some part-time work for them, I realized that not only have I learned how to add value to a company, I’ve learned how to present myself and have fun during an interview. I went from feeling scared before interviews to being someone who looks forward to them and seeks them out. The opportunities I have now are endless–because I’ve learned how to create them.
If I hadn’t of joined Praxis, I would’ve joined the majority of other young people who are standing in a long line waiting for a job. They all clutch the same piece of paper and hope the golden letters on it appear to glitter enough so that employers will think it is rare and valuable.
During the Praxis placement process, I learned to skip the line, create real value and place it into the hands of the employer.
This is what’s truly rare, and this is the most powerful thing I learned during the Praxis placement process.