A review of Praxis as a career accelerator

Hi, I’m Polina! Formerly, I worked as a senior digital marketing manager and now I am the marketing mentor at Pathrise. I help job-seekers prepare for their future in digital marketing through workshops and 1-on-1 sessions. Check out my review of Praxis.

What does Praxis do?

Praxis is an online bootcamp that teaches students the skills needed to launch a career. The target audience is high school graduates looking to take a gap year before college or people looking for a college alternative. The 1-year program is designed for young people looking to land an entry level job at a startup in marketing, ops, sales, or customer success. 

The first 6 months of the program consist of a bootcamp with 10-15 hours of work every week. The bootcamp features a project-based curriculum and bi-weekly live meetings. Students get 1-on-1 career coaching, develop technical skills based on their interests, and learn how to pitch themselves to companies. Graduates leave the program with a polished portfolio to stand out to employers. After the 6-month bootcamp ends, students receive 6 months of career assistance, working with mentors and the job placement team to launch their career.

Students begin the program by identifying their professional interests and skills, settling on a discipline in one of their 4 tracks. Next, students begin developing soft and hard skills through hands-on projects in their chosen field. The program then focuses on professional communication and personal branding. Students learn how to pitch themselves to employers. In the final 30 days of the course, they build polished portfolio projects and identify job opportunities.

Career guidance

In the career assistance piece, students participate in mock interviews, learn job hunting strategies, and create employer pitches. Their placement team actively searches for job opportunities, matching students with interviewers. Hiring partners include Mission, Bitpay, Impossible, Panda Doc, and more. 

Bootcamp graduates receive support from Praxis’s professional advisors for the first 90 days of their new job. They have lifetime access to the bootcamp’s community, resources, workshops, and networking events.

Who is Praxis for?

Young people with little to no experience in tech who are looking to get a job in ops, customer success, sales or marketing at a startup could benefit from Praxis. The program is especially helpful for those who decide college is not for them or those who are looking to take a gap year between high school and college. 

What does Praxis cost? How much work is involved?

Tuition for the flagship bootcamp is $12,000. Financing is available through Climb Credit, either through low monthly payments or payment after graduation. Rates and repayment plans depend on the applicant’s credit history. 

Unlike many other tech bootcamps, Praxis has no technical interview or assessment. Candidates are judged based on their interest, drive, and ability to learn quickly. Admission is based on a written application and personal interview. The acceptance rate is about 15%.

Ratings and reviews

Praxis is a relatively new bootcamp and does not have many reviews online. On Quora, one grad describes the program as “life changing”. He said it was better for him than college. “If you have decided that college isn’t a good enough option for you, look into Praxis.”

Another Quora graduate was impressed by the positive environment and mentorship, raving “The community will support every single aspiration, dream, and goal you have.” Another student on Quora felt the personalized and practical curriculum taught her everything she needed to know “to be successful as a businessperson, in a startup, or as an entrepreneur.”

The bootcamp holds a 4.8/5 star rating on Facebook, where graduates were satisfied with its practical, hands-on curriculum as an alternative to college. On Reddit, one user appreciated the entrepreneurial environment and job placement program, describing the bootcamp as “an incredible experience filled with wonderful people” that helped him land a job “within weeks.” 

Alternatives to Praxis 

If you choose not to enroll in Praxis, there are still a number of alternative bootcamps and resources that can help you start a career in tech.

  • The tech bootcamp Tradecraft offers courses in sales, product design, growth marketing, and more. Like Praxis, their program is designed to help students land a job at a startup.
  • Students can also consider GrowthX Academy. They have courses in sales, business development, product management, UX design, and growth marketing.
  • Similarly, PluralsightBootcamp Digital, DeltaV Code School, Pepperdine Graziadio Bootcamps, NJIT Digital Skills BootcampDigital Creative Institute, SDSU Bootcamp, Somerville Academy, and InternStreet offer tracks in digital marketing.
  • Flockjay is an online program that offers hands-on training for people looking to land a job in sales for tech. Students can defer payment until after they get a job through their income share agreement (ISA). Learn more about Flockjay in our review.
  • Similarly, Prehired is sales bootcamp that prepares students for a career in software sales by teaching the basics. They also have an ISA option.
  • Vendition and Aspireship are apprenticeship programs for people interested in sales roles.
  • 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. Similarly, check out Victory Lap, which is a live bootcamp.
  • Students can also consider Uvaro, which has a 12-week sales bootcamp and internship opportunities.
  • Similarly, Austin Sales Academy, TechPoint Sales Bootcamp, and Headstart Academy teach courses in sales.
  • In addition, Re:work is a nonprofit sales training program that helps people launch careers in SaaS sales and other tech sales roles.
More alternatives
  • The online resource Skillshare has free and paid courses in tech entrepreneurship and sales. Like Praxis, they teach hard and soft business skills students can use to start their own business or work as freelancers.
  • 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.
  • A tech bootcamp with full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses in a variety of topics, General Assembly is a good option for people looking to learn the fundamentals and land a great job. Learn more about General Assembly.
  • Those interested in self-paced, remote learning can look into Udacity. They are an online educational platform that offers courses on a variety of topics, including business analytics, data science, software engineering, and more. Read more about Udacity in our review.
  • Another online learning platform, Coursera hosts free and paid courses on tech sales techniques, negotiations, start-up operations, entrepreneurship fundamentals, digital marketing, and much more.
  • Students can also check out Udemy. Another online learning platform, Udemy has over 100,000 self-paced video courses in tech sales, digital marketing, software engineering, and more.
  • Or, consider CourseCareers, JBarrows Sales, Software Sales Gurus, or The Brooks Group, which teach online courses and workshops on a variety of topics.
  • Similarly, Miami Ad School has marketing and design courses where students can build portfolio projects. Kellogg Executive Education, Loyola University Digital Skills Bootcamp, Copyblogger, and Highway Education have part-time marketing courses. Likewise, School16 and GreenFig teach marketing, sales, and product management.
  • Likewise, SalesWise Academy is an online sales resource that offers training via podcasts, coaching, and live events.
  • Current and aspiring sales professionals can check out Winning by Design or Richardson Sales Performance, which teach courses for beginners and managers.

How does Praxis compare to Pathrise?

Praxis is a bootcamp that helps students find entry level roles in tech. While a passion for business and tech is a must, most students have no prior experience. Many students do not even have a specific field in mind before starting the bootcamp. Fellows in the Pathrise program should already have some background in their field of interest so that they can fully benefit from our technical interview training.

Pathrise helps people land their dream job in tech through 1-on-1 mentoring. Our curriculum includes technical and behavioral interviewing training, as well as resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building, reverse recruiting lessons, and negotiation guidance. The program only requires 2-4 hours of sessions per week and 1-on-1 sessions with flexible scheduling.

Fellows in our program are looking for entry level and senior roles. At Praxis, they are only looking for entry level. We help people find great positions in software engineering, data science, product design, marketing, sales, and product, strategy, and operations. The average junior base salary for fellows in our program is $90,795 compared to $50k in Praxis. Mentors regularly work with fellows to get a 10-20% increase in compensation from negotiation alone.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 to help them land their dream job. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, join Pathrise. 

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