Passion is a key component to have in any company, but when you’re working to transform not one industry but two, it’s far more than just a piece—it’s the entire puzzle. That’s the story at Andela, a global talent accelerator that’s looking to shake up the tech and education industries. It’s a large goal, but it’s doable with thanks to the company’s unique approach.
Founded on the idea that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela aims to train 100,000 world-class software developers in Africa over the next 10 years. Using a self-funding model of education, Andela actually pays its highly competitive students, called Andela Fellows, to take over 1,000 hours of classes, learning everything from the hard technical skills they’ll need to be successful developers to the professional development skills that will help them continue to grow.
Then, Andela partners its students with companies in need of tech talent—from Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft to startups like 2U and Udacity—and then allows students to finance their education through this client work.
It’s really a win-win-win: Companies get a stream of untapped tech talent at a more cost-effective rate, students learn critical new skills and are given opportunities to use them—and employees get to work on something they can really stand behind.
“I love our laser focus on a social mission that inspires greatness in others,” explains Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Director of Recruitment.
Sound like something you want to stand behind, too?
Check out Andela’s offices, then go get your next job.
A UNC-Wilmington grad born and raised in North Carolina, Kaitlyn always knew she would end up in NYC to pursue writing. As a summer editorial intern, she contributes career advice to The Muse. In addition, she also writes for other publications, such as USA TODAY College, Her Campus, and The Huffington Post. You can find her searching the city for the best eats, binge-watching Netflix, or catching up with friends at dinner. Say hi on Twitter @KaitlynRussell_More from this Author