June 6, 2013
It’s a move that aligns Treehouse with many hacker schools and programming bootcamps, who connect students to employers or even guarantee jobs after graduation (or your money back).
Founder Ryan Carson, who sees a lot of 18- to 35-year-olds on Treehouse, thinks that economic realities demand that startups hire younger candidates.
“Almost any company would love to have a ton of super-experienced developers and designers knocking on their doors for jobs, but reality is that it’s been getting harder to hire designers and developers and it’s becoming more and more critical that companies hire less experienced people and help them build up their experience on the job,” he says.
On the plus side, students who have completed online education courses have already proven themselves to be self-motivated. Treehouse student Bryan Zavestoski, for example, went from an economics degree to a UI/UX designer at Chop Dawg Studios; Patrick Devins, who has a philosophy degree, now works as a front-end developer.
To attract students like this, Carson urges startups to help their employees learn on the job. For example, you might allow them some hours or budget for training.
“It’s companies who really work to help their employees become better at what they do that are the ones that are most poised to succeed,” he says.
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