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A review of Aspireship as a sales bootcamp

Hi, I’m Alex! I’ve been working in sales for innovative startups like SoftBank Robotics and large corporations like NBC Universal for years. Now, I work as an industry mentor at Pathrise to help people land great sales jobs through workshops and 1-on-1 mentorship. Check out my review of Aspireship.

What does Aspireship do?

Aspireship is an online sales for tech bootcamp that teaches people the necessary skills to land a job as an account executive at a SaaS (software as sales) company. 

Current and former founders, CEOs, VPs, directors, and other industry experts teach the lessons. The curriculum uses live class sessions (which are not recorded) as well as recorded lectures. Students participate in quizzes, assessments, and virtual job simulations. They must attend the class sessions. But, the rest of the program can be done at their own pace. This helps to accommodate each participant’s individual schedule. The program takes around 20-30 hours to complete. Candidates who devote 5 hours per week to the program usually finish the curriculum in 30 days.

Those who pass the assessments within the program with a high score receive a certificate of completion. Aspireship assists people with finding a job by connecting students with the employers in the Aspireship network. But, they do not guarantee job placement or provide rigorous career coaching. 

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Who is Aspireship for?

People who are trying to launch a career in sales for tech, as well as those looking to level up to a more senior position at a SaaS company, can benefit from Aspireship.

What does Aspireship cost? How much work is involved?

Aspireship is free.

There is no formal application process. But, prospective students do need to fill out a brief online form. They answer a few short questions and then enrollment counselors determine if they are a good fit.

Ratings and reviews

As a relatively new program, there are not too many reviews of Aspireship online. However, their fundraising efforts were featured in the Phoenix Business Journal in 2019.

A Reddit user who participated in the program recommended Aspireship for people who are trying to land a job as an account executive at a tech company. According to the reviewer, “I went through a course called Aspireship which helps you learn skills to be an account executive and then once you complete the course they set you up with a job with their connections. Right now it is free as they just started, and I would highly suggest anyone trying to become an account executive to take it.”

Alternatives to Aspireship 

If you decide not to participate in Aspireship, there are a number of alternative bootcamps and online resources for people who are interested in launching a career in sales for tech.

  • Flockjay is an online program that offers hands-on training for people looking to land a job in sales. Students can choose to defer payment through their income share agreement (ISA). Learn more about Flockjay in our review.
  • Similarly, Prehired is a self-aced sales bootcamp that teaches software sales. Like Flockjay, they also have an ISA option. Alternatively, check out Victory Lap, which is a live bootcamp.
  • Another option is Vendition. They provide online courses in sales for tech as well as job placement assistance for those looking to land an entry-level account executive position at an SaaS company. 
  • In the same vein, students at Fuel Sales Academy work while learning and actually get paid during the program.
  • Alternatively, you can consider Always Hired. They are a sales bootcamp for people who are looking to land a job as a sales development representative (SDR) at a SaaS (software as sales) company.
  • SV Academy is a sales for tech bootcamp that offers free online training courses and job placement.
  • Students can also consider Uvaro, which has a 12-week sales bootcamp and internship opportunities.
  • Similarly, Austin Sales Academy has a 5-week online course in sales. Or, consider CourseCareers, which has a self-paced course.
  • Women who want to learn sales skills quickly can check out TalentMinded Women in Tech Sales Bootcamp, which lasts 5 days.
  • Merit America is a nonprofit that teaches tech sales and software engineering to people without college degrees.
More alternatives
  • Another sales bootcamp option is Headstart Academy, which is online and self-paced. They also give a job guarantee to students.
  • Younger people looking for a college alternative can consider Praxis. This is a bootcamp and internship program that helps people gain experience in sales, marketing, and ops.
  • In addition, Re:work is a nonprofit sales training program that helps people launch careers in SaaS sales and other tech sales roles.
  • edX is one of the most popular online learning platforms. They have courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • Coursera is also an online learning platform. They have free and paid courses that teach inbound sales techniques, including researching prospective clients.
  • Similarly, Udemy offers a free “break into software sales” course, which prepares students for entry-level software sales interviews. 
  • An online resource, Skillshare has free and paid courses in tech entrepreneurship and sales. Likewise, School16 and GreenFig teach marketing, sales, and product management.
  • Or, consider JBarrows Sales, Software Sales Gurus, or The Brooks Group, which teach online courses and workshops on a variety of sales topics.
  • Likewise, SalesWise Academy is an online sales resource that offers sales training via podcasts, coaching, and live events to help people launch their sales careers.
  • Current and aspiring sales professionals can check out Winning by Design or Richardson Sales Performance, which teach courses for beginners and managers.
  • You can also consider TechPoint Sales Bootcamp, which has short internship opportunities throughout the course.

How does Aspireship compare to Pathrise?

Aspireship is a program for people who are looking to develop the necessary skills to land a sales job in tech. While the program connects students with potential employers, Aspireship does not provide in-depth career coaching (such as assistance with resumes, interview prep, and other components of the job search) or guarantee job placement. 

Pathrise is a full service organization that helps people land the best job possible. Our mentors have experience on both sides of the hiring table and work 1-on-1 with fellows on each step of their job search, including resume & LinkedIn optimization, interview prep, salary negotiation, cold emailing, and reverse recruiting strategies. 

Our program is flexible. There are only 4 hours of group sessions per week and fellows can schedule 1-on-1 sessions as needed. By placing a big emphasis on 1-on-1 mentorship, we tailor our curriculum to meet each fellow’s specific needs and career objectives. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that helps people land their dream job in tech through 1-on-1 mentorship. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to get help with your technical and behavioral interviews or any other aspect of the job search, join Pathrise. 

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Alex Immel

Alex Immel is one of Pathrise's leading negotiation consultants.

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