Earlier this week, TechCrunch featured a guest post by Michael Staton, who serves as an entrepreneur in residence at Learn Capital. Staton wrote about the importance of learning to code in today’s world. Staton is also the founder of Inigral, creator of SchoolApps.
Staton wrote about Dev Bootcamp, an intensive course that teaches students how to code and become entry-level software engineers. He noted the program’s high success rate at placing students in jobs–over 90% of graduates find tech jobs in three months or less after they complete the three-month program.
Staton raises the question about the value of education today. Should students be taking courses that make them job-ready instead of getting a broader education? Staton asserts that in order to find a job quickly and reach a level of a term dubbed “extreme employability,” courses should focus on:
- Aligning the curriculum and incentives with job outcomes
- Simulating real workplaces
- Actively placing graduates in jobs that befit their training
Staton explains educational courses should not just provide access to learning materials, but should
more aggressively help people find and secure jobs.
Staton also stresses the importance of learning to work in a team. Dev Bootcamp students don’t just learn to code; they also learn to take feedback and be team players.
Should more schools focus on training students to be job-ready?