Since General Assembly’s founding, we’ve seen that both students and employers need a clear, unbiased way to gauge candidates’ skill sets. For years now, our talented curriculum team has worked at building more and more effective internal assessments to help our students and instructors understand and learn from the progress made and skills achieved in our programs. Today we are announcing our intention to make that work more public and useful beyond our own walls. After building a network of more than 150,000 instructors, students, alumni, and employers around the world, and several years of truly global and hands-on experience delivering world-class education in practical skills, this is the next logical step for our community, and for the ecosystem at large.
Today Premal Shah is the president of Kiva.org, a hugely successful non-profit that facilitates micro-loans to underserved entrepreneurs globally via the internet. But in his first job out of college, Premal was reprimanded by the VP of HR for walking around work barefoot. In this video, Premal shares some of the learnings that surprised him most when he entered the workforce.
How do you use your past experiences and underlying goals to develop your professional career? For Adam Braun, his journey started when he was a junior studying abroad and realized that his passion was working in the non-profit space. In this segment, Adam explains how he translated his previous work experience and his deep sense of purpose into the organization he founded, Pencils of Promise.
As the Product Lead for Consumer Products at GA, I lead the team that researches, designs, and builds all of the educational programs that you teach (or may teach one day) at General Assembly. I am one of many product managers at GA (also known as miracle makers) who build out and iterate on our education products. This includes everything from our full-time Web Development Immersive, to our part-time Digital Marketing course, and online Web Design Circuit. Here I’ll discuss how we build new products, starting with the first stage in our product development process. In a future edition, we’ll share more about how we keep our products fresh years after we’ve first built them.
If you’ve ever sat though a university lecture, you know that in less than forty-five minutes a professor will skim over tons of theories and concepts, jumping from idea to idea, leaving you in a state of bewilderment. Students are provided with the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and then left to their own devices to make sense of it. The problems continue in the business world, where jargon filled PowerPoints flood the boardroom. There must be a better way.
Developing and delivering training that will make a measurable impact requires a fresh approach. There’s no cookie-cutter formula, but here are 7+1 lessons to get you thinking.