A review of CourseCareers as a sales bootcamp

Hi, I’m Alex! I’ve been working in sales for innovative startups like SoftBank Robotics as well as 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 CourseCareers.

What does CourseCareers do?

CourseCareers is a new online bootcamp that prepares students for a career in tech sales. They offer a self-paced course to help students land an entry-level SaaS job or internship.

Their flagship tech sales course is self-paced. It typically takes 1-3 months depending on the student’s daily commitment. Students participate in lectures, hands-on assignments, and weekly discussions with mentors. 

The curriculum teaches all of the skills needed to perform in an entry-level sales development representative (SDR) internship. The course begins by covering sales fundamentals like organizational structure, buyer personas, ideal customer profiles, the sales cycle, and cadence. In addition, they cover mindset and sales terminology like SPIN (situation, problem, implication, need-payoff) and BANT (budget, authority, need, timeline) in the beginning. Students then learn practical on-the-job skills like research, email strategies, effective cold calling, and LinkedIn for sales. The curriculum also gives students a chance to work hands-on with CRM tools, sales data, and key sales engagement metrics. 

The course culminates in internship prep, where students optimize their LinkedIn profiles, resumes, and Google presence. This final stretch also includes interview practice, networking, help with recruiter outreach, and other job search skills that students will use to land an internship.

Who is CourseCareers for?

People with little to no experience in tech sales but are looking to move into the field as a career could benefit from CourseCareers. The program is especially helpful for those interested in learning remotely, students interested in 1-on-1 mentorship, and those seeking a self-paced learning experience with no significant cost.

What does CourseCareers cost? How much work is involved?

As their team is just getting the program off the ground, the course is currently free with no contracts. The e-book companion for the course is also free. However, the bootcamp will almost certainly require tuition in the near future.

No formal experience is necessary to apply. Candidates are admitted based on their desire to learn, personal skills, work ethic, and verbal and written communication skills. The application process begins with a brief written application form. As the program is in its early stages, interviews and screenings are likely to be less formal than many other older bootcamps. Candidates should expect a more personalized admissions experience.

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Ratings and reviews

As an extremely new program, there are not many online reviews of CourseCareers. However, they currently hold a 4/5 star review on Course Report, although most reviews come from people interested in the program rather than people who have actually completed their course. The founder posted the story behind the bootcamp on Reddit where he asked people to beta test the course. The comments expressed interest. However, no one had actually taken the course yet.

On their website, they have posted positive reviews. 

Alternatives to CourseCareers 

If you choose not to enroll in CourseCareers, there are a number of alternative bootcamps and resources that can help you launch a career in tech sales.

  • Flockjay is an online sales bootcamp for those looking to start a career in B2B software sales. However, their course is live and only lasts 10 weeks, with office hours and peer interaction. Learn more about Flockjay in our review.
  • Another self-paced online tech sales bootcamp is Austin Sales Academy. Like CourseCareers, they offer free options, plus 1-on-1 coaching for students. 
  • Similarly, SalesWise Academy is an online sales resource that offers sales training via podcasts, coaching, and live events to help people launch their sales careers.
  • You can also consider The Brooks Group, which teaches online courses and workshops on a variety of sales topics.
  • Software Sales Gurus and Headstart Academy are both online and self-paced.
  • The online bootcamp GrowthX Academy offers courses in sales, business development, product management, UX design, and growth marketing.
  • Tradecraft is another tech bootcamp with courses in sales, product design, growth marketing, and more.
  • Another free sales bootcamp, Aspireship offers courses for people interested in becoming an account executive at a SaaS company. Like CourseCareers, the program is remote and self-paced.
  • Similarly, Always Hired and SV Academy are both free bootcamps. Students work with partner companies. However, students who pay tuition do not have to work for a partner company. 
  • In the same vein, students at Fuel Sales Academy work while learning and actually get paid during the program.
  • You can also consider TechPoint Sales Bootcamp, which has short internship opportunities throughout the course.
  • The bootcamp Uvaro helps students launch a career in tech sales. Like CourseCareers, Uvaro is remote with a big focus on career assistance.
More alternatives
  • Prehired is another sales bootcamp with lots of mentoring and job support. They offer courses to help students launch a career in software sales. Like CourseCareers, students can participate in their program at their own pace. Generally, it takes 12-22 weeks to finish.
  • The sales course that includes career assistance is Vendition. They teach sales skills to students looking to find entry level account executive positions at  SaaS companies. 
  • Or, consider JBarrows Sales, which has online and self-paced courses.
  • Women who want to learn sales skills quickly can check out TalentMinded Women in Tech Sales Bootcamp, which lasts 5 days.
  • Current and aspiring sales professionals can check out Winning by Design, which teaches courses for beginners and managers.
  • Those interested in self-paced, remote learning can look into Skillshare, which is a massive online platform that hosts free and paid courses in tech entrepreneurship and sales.
  • Similarly, Coursera is an online learning platform with both paid and free options. Their wide variety of courses covers inbound sales techniques like researching prospective clients and other necessary SDR skills.
  • edX is another huge online learning platform with many sales courses. They host courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • Another self-paced, online learning platform is Udemy. They have 100K+ video courses in tech sales, digital marketing, software engineering, and more. Students only pay around $10 per class and get lifetime access. 
  • The massive online learning platform Udacity also offers courses on a variety of tech subjects, including business analytics, data science, software engineering, and more. Like CourseCareer, students in Udacity’s nanodegree programs work 1-on-1 with mentors while getting hands-on practice. Read more about Udacity in our review.

How does CourseCareers compare to Pathrise?

CourseCareers is designed to help people land an entry level internship, learning as they go. While weekly mentoring is included, the course is mostly dedicated to teaching students fundamental sales skills. Most students start with no formal experience. Fellows in the Pathrise program should already have a background in their chosen field so that they get the most out of our technical curriculum.

Pathrise is a full service organization that helps students through all phases of the job search. Our experienced mentors have already helped 1,000+ students and professionals land great tech jobs. Fellows in our program work on optimizing their resumes and LinkedIn profiles, building their portfolios, preparing for technical and behavioral interviews, negotiating salaries, and much more.

The Pathrise curriculum is tailored to each fellow’s individual needs. Like CourseCareers, our program is flexible. There are only 4 hours of group sessions per week and fellows can schedule 1-on-1s  as needed. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that helps people land their dream job through 1-on-1 mentoring. Fellows in our program often see their interview scores double and their response rates triple, landing jobs in just 3-5 months on average. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, join Pathrise. 

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