Pathrise - Help


Welcome to our help center, where you'll find answers to common questions.


What does your company do exactly?

We help you get a great job. Isn’t it strange how normal it is for students to pay tens of thousands of dollars for tuition, while never actually learning how to succeed in the job market?

Pathrise aims to give you skills that will help you accelerate your career. We help you through each step of the job seeking process by matching you with an experienced advisor and a broader community. From optimizing your profile, to increasing the number of interview opportunities, to prepping you to crush your interviews, to coaching you through the negotiation process after you get an offer, we will do everything in our power to help you optimize your career trajectory.

Why should I apply to Pathrise?

Getting a job that matches your interests, values and aspirations is a goal worth chasing both in the short and long term. How you apply and how you interview for a job is the first impression you give someone and you get one chance to do it right. While it might not be an exact science, there are plenty of well-defined patterns that can 10x your chances. We help you do that.

Is Pathrise really worth 9% of my salary for a year?

We understand that 9% is a big commitment, but every fellow who participates in Pathrise improves their job seeking prospects by astronomically more than 9%. As a result, the Pathrise program pays for itself and then some. Beyond getting you better opportunities with higher salaries, our negotiation advice alone can account for a salary increase of over 10%. Every single part of our program, from teaching you how to do outreach that will 4x your response rate (5% to 20%) to interview preparation that improves your interview performance scores by at least 50%, is designed to statistically improve your job prospects way more than what you commit in return.

Can I try the program out before committing?

You are free to withdraw from the program within the first two weeks of it starting, no commitment necessary. Worst case scenario, you get two weeks of free advice from top recruiters and experts in your field.

What happens if I want to withdraw from the program after the two week trial period?

Fellows have an opportunity to withdraw from the program at no cost after 12 months if they didn’t receive a job offer during that time. In exceptional circumstances, we may approve withdrawals before the 12 month mark. In these cases, we grant a reduced income share proportionate to the number of weeks the fellow spent in Pathrise (e.g. 3% for 3 weeks, 4% for 4 weeks, 5% for 5 weeks, and so on).

This is at Pathrise’s sole discretion because we invest significant time and resources in every fellow. We need to be consistent with our income share agreement policy in order to make the program free upfront. Given this, if a fellow requests to withdraw from the program more than two months after joining Pathrise, they will be required to pay the full 9% income share (if they receive a job offer within 12 months of joining the fellowship).

What types of jobs or industries is Pathrise for?

Pathrise currently helps people find jobs in four key areas: software engineering, strategy/ops (including product), marketing, and UI/UX design. For each fellow, we further personalize the track they've chosen to suit their specific needs and interests.

If I'm not ready for full-time positions, can you help find me an internship?

At this point in time, Pathrise is not enrolling internship seekers into the program. However, if you are interested in joining the fellowship to find an internship, please feel free to fill out an application and we will be sure to get in touch with you in the future if we start accepting interns again.


What are the eligibility requirements for Pathrise fellows?

Pathrise fellows must be 18 or older and authorized to work in the United States.

Beyond that, we look for a commitment to improvement and a baseline level of knowledge or skills to be productive in your field. While there is no secret formula, we do our best to work with those we feel like we are in a position to help. At the end of the day, motivation and commitment to the program matter more to us than your existing resume.

Am I not experienced enough/too experienced for Pathrise?

We advise a wide range of fellows with varying levels of experience! Some are PhDs with multiple past positions and a specific target industry, or engineers with a few years of experience under their belt looking for a new opportunity. Others are graduating seniors looking for their first job or self-taught bootcamp grads. For each candidate, we evaluate both their potential and how much of a difference our program can make before inviting them to be a fellow.

How does Pathrise account for diversity?

We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to become a fellow regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. Our internal application selection process is based solely on the merit, value and growth potential of the individual. One of the goals of Pathrise as a program is to help level the playing field for underrepresented minorities in the field of technology and demystify the part of your career that is not taught in the classroom, and depends greatly upon who you already know.

What does the application process entail?

Our application process is designed to be as simple and quick as possible! We have candidates do a couple of calls (usually one to two) with Pathrise advisors and other team members as well as a brief assignment to A) learn more about you so we can customize the program around your goals and B) to ensure you have all the information you need to make a decision on whether you’d like to join if we extend an offer.

What does the timeline look like for applying to Pathrise and joining the program?

The application process generally takes 1-3 weeks from beginning to end, but if you are available and would like to be accelerated, we can often get you through the process in a few days or even faster. In general, we keep the application process very simple and short as it’s partially up to us to help you with these types of things. We accept fellows on a rolling basis throughout the year, with each new cohort starting every two weeks. If you are invited to join the program, you can select whichever cohort start date works best for you.


How much of a time commitment is the accelerator?

Our fellows typically spend an average of 10 hours a week on their job search up until they get hired. This includes up to four hours of sessions each week working with Pathrise advisors or other fellows, with the remaining time spent on all of the activities you would already be doing for you job search. Pathrise as a program is designed to run in parallel to your job search, guiding you throughout your job search instead of giving you extra work.

We expect our fellows to be committed to the program, but we are very flexible in working around class/work schedules, especially during hectic times, like before a big exam or project deadline.

How long does it take Pathrise fellows to land a position?

60% of our fellows apply for positions, interview, hear back and sign a final offer within 6 months, but we are willing to work with you for as long as you need to get hired. 90% of our fellows accept a position within 9 months.

What can I expect in terms of referrals through Pathrise?

While we make an active effort to execute on every single requested referral from our fellows, we’ve found fellows who come into the program with the assumption that a referral is a direct way to an offer are typically unsuccessful. Referrals are a powerful tool, but are far from the only thing required to succeed in a job search. We do have an extensive network of both Pathrise alumni and professional contacts through which we can provide connections, but these referrals are typically only effective when combined with various other tactics that require significant effort on the fellow’s part. Pathrise is oftentimes most effective for fellows willing to dedicate invested time (5-10 hours a week) to their job search based on our assignments and curriculum rather than a passive program where you just join and wait for interviews.

Which cities can I get a job in?

Any! Pathrise fellows have gone on to work in major cities like San Francisco, New York, Seattle, as well as smaller cities around the country. Some Pathrise fellows have even gone on to get positions in international locations, like London or Tokyo. However, a prerequisite of joining Pathrise is being authorized to work in the US. Another note is that our income share agreement also applies to jobs outside of the US.

Which companies do you help people land offers with?

We help our fellows get jobs across a wide range of companies, both inside and outside of tech. We can help you land a job regardless of your interests, whether you’re looking for an early stage startup, one of the Big Four, or something else.

Our fellows have gone on to work at many companies, including but not limited to, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Uber, Amazon, Zynga, Ipsy, Affirm, Yext, Magic Leap, Cryptomove, Lumahealth, TrueAccord, Abridge.AI, Codeacademy, Bitfusion, VMWare, Smarkets, Loop, Kaiser Permanente, Clover Networks, Doordash,, Arc Block, Cerner, Yelp, Postmates, LogMeIn, UPS, E&Y, Northrop Grumman, and more.

Pathrise is built around highly personalized mentorship and generalizable best practices so we can support you no matter what your goals are. We also have an internal network of over 200+ companies that we will introduce you to if it's a good fit.

You can find some example companies on our homepage.

Can you tell me more about how the advising works?

Each of our fellows is matched with a personal advisor they will work with closely throughout the program. Beyond that, you will have unlimited access to our entire advisor network and can ask questions and seek 1-on-1 help any time. You can view some of our advisor profiles here.

Will you help negotiate my pay?

Yes! We'll help you figure out if your offer is fair, if you could make more money, and if applicable, negotiate equity, stock options and other benefits as well. On average we can often get our fellows a 10-20% lift by guiding them through the negotiation process, which in many cases covers the standard income share in and of itself! While negotiation results are certainly not guaranteed, our historical performance has been strong thanks to the additional information we have about the current job market.

Can I focus more on the topics that are the most helpful to me?

Of course! The Pathrise program is completely personalized to your unique situation. We heavily modify the curriculum to suit individual circumstances and never give you busywork. Instead, we invest that saved time into helping you with whichever part of the job seeking process you could use more help with.

What happens after I get a job?

Outside of paying us back a small percentage of your income through monthly payments, Pathrise is a lifetime community. You'll always be a part of our family and be able to leverage the growing network of fellows, both professionally and personally.


How does signing the income share agreement work?

The fellowship is completely free until you’re hired, with no upfront payment for anything. You only pay Pathrise if the program actually works for you, meaning you accept an offer. Once you do start working, then you would pay us back 9% of your first year’s salary over the course of your first six months on the job.

Any time we make an offer to a potential fellow, we strongly recommend that they seek outside counsel (e.g. friends and family) before they sign anything. Outside of that, we do our best to hold the utmost transparency for any potential issue. The income share agreement itself is based on a standardized contract common as a financing option in higher education and online educational institutions. To get a better sense of what the income share agreement looks like, you can check out the one Purdue University uses (

What if I am already in some interview processes before joining Pathrise?

Depending on the exact nature of the situation, we will either entirely exclude or heavily discount existing offers or current work you have coming into Pathrise from the income share, so as to make sure you only pay us if the program actually works to help you get other offers.

If you are heading into final round interviews we can include an addendum to the contract that discounts the income share for that company to only 3%.

We are not able to offer a discount on the income share for any companies you aren’t in the final round interview stages with though, since we can provide significant assistance in helping you through those earlier stages all the way up until you accept an offer.

What if I am already working or what if I already have an offer from another company before joining Pathrise?

That's totally fine! If you're still interviewing or will continue interviewing for other companies, Pathrise will accelerate you in the program to help you get more offers. Depending on the exact nature of the situation, we will either entirely exclude or heavily discount existing offers or current work you have coming into Pathrise from the income share, so as to make sure you only pay us if the program actually works to help you get other offers. We'll still help you negotiate your original offer and help you choose between the ones you end up with. Either way, we make sure to add addendums to our contract to ensure you’ll never end up paying a full income share for anything we didn’t actually fully help with.

If you can provide documentation of any existing offers, we can include a written addendum to the contract stating that if you end up working with any of these companies, you will only pay a 1% income share instead of the full 9%.

How does Pathrise differentiate between a job I got through the fellowship versus a job I got on my own?

While we can exclude or heavily discount existing offers from the income share and offer a significant discount for any companies you have final round interviews with, all other offers you receive while in Pathrise will be included in the income share.

We aren’t able to differentiate between a job you got on your own versus with our help because you’ll be able to implement all of the skills and strategies we teach for every aspect of your job search, regardless of which positions you apply to. In other words, every job you get will be in part through your effort but also in part thanks to the resources and advice that Pathrise provides. Pathrise is more than just a placement agency that makes a few introductions and leaves you to figure it out on your own. We become partners with you in your job search and evaluate, train you for, and help you optimize for every opportunity in your job search.

What if I don't like the offers I get or decide to forgo my job search for other opportunities, like research?

You are never obligated to accept any offer as part of Pathrise and we don't even make introductions or referrals for you unless you explicitly confirm your interest first. That being said, we do evaluate how motivated and committed potential fellows are to finding a job and furthering their career before we extend an invitation to the accelerator.

Why can't I just do this alone?

There are several unique advantages to becoming a Pathrise fellow. Here are a few:

We give you unlimited 1-on-1 time with an expert and insider knowledge on recruiting pipelines. Neither of those are things you can find online. It’s even more difficult to find that unlimited time and support from an ex-employee of a top company like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Airbnb.

The community is extremely strong. You'll build a network of people who believe in you, want you to succeed and will help you get there. Fellows are supporting each other by practicing for interviews together, trading referrals, and answering each other’s questions daily.

You avoid costly career and interview mistakes. We only get one chance to get off to a great start and make a positive impression in interviews. Those are life-changing moments. Often times, this is the first time or one of the first times, you've done this. With Pathrise, you'll 10x your chances of not only doing better, but also make sure you are not wasting your opportunities now with suboptimal mistakes.

You will make more money through Pathrise then what you pay. Historically, we have been able to achieve this consistently with the majority of our fellows, either through the initial offer they receive or through negotiation afterward. Pathrise alumni go on to find better positions and make more money than their peers from day one.

It's guaranteed to work. We invest in you and your potential. Our model is based on your success so when you win, we win. You’ll never end up paying for a service that doesn’t work because if it doesn’t work, you don’t owe us anything.

Getting interviews, let alone passing them, is tough. Really tough. We've built Pathrise to help you navigate interviews and difficult questions within them increasing your chances of success exponentially.

We suggest companies you may not have heard of. It's great to work at top companies but there are plenty of other fulfilling, prestigious, or well-paying companies out there that could be a better fit for you. We help you find them with very specific tactics and through our network.

Ultimately, even for the students who decide not to become fellows, we do our best to encourage and guide them in the right direction. You can definitely accomplish a lot on your own, but we are there to help if you believe we're worth it.


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