Hot damn I love General Assembly. GA’s career accelerator courses appeal to the masses seeking a career change. They also have an option for university students who want to combine tech training with international experiences. Through GA’s tech intensive programs students can immerse themselves in tech communities in London or Sydney while exploring local culture and learning practical skills. It’s study abroad meets tech and it’s quite clever.
Study abroad shapes career paths. It also attracts the type of people that GA wants for their programs: curious, motivated and open to more than one way of solving problems. GA is on to something by offering an option to study abroad. Their programs remind me of the awesome work being done over at Sage Corps.
I can think of several student types who might benefit from GA’s tech immersive experience:
- Liberal arts majors who want to add concrete skills to compliment their studies (hello user experience design!)
- Business students who aim to work in tech post-graduation
- STEM majors who want to work in another country and need a network
- Student entrepreneurs who love tech and travel and see no practical options at their university
In the future I’d love to see a foreign language component added to the next location. Learn German while networking in Berlin’s startup community! Learn Swedish in Stockholm, the startup capital of Europe! Language is the gateway to new ideas, impactful professional relationships, and ridiculous amounts of fun.
Throw in an adventure travel component and GA could really take these experiences to the next level. Imagine kayaking wild rivers with overnight camping or an afternoon spent Skydiving. Those experiences create bonds for life – professional and personal.
Overall, I’m definitely feeling these courses.
New skill development + career prep + international fun having times = Dreamy.