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Originally posted by Willy Franzen on November 12, 2007. Updated through a sponsorship agreement.
Posted by Willy Franzen on November 12, 2007. Positions below updated every five minutes.
|Senior Backend Engineer||Portland, OR|
|Director of New Business||United States|
|Senior Backend Engineer||San Francisco, CA|
You were always a great student. School always came easy to you. It was like a game, and you knew how to beat it every time. In fact, you kind of actually enjoyed long nights in the library. Exams were fun – you loved filling in those bubbles with your No. 2 pencil. You’ve been at it for 17 years (maybe a few less if you were really good) and now it’s almost over. You’re worried that your finely tuned school skills may not translate into a real world job. You’re thinking about grad school, but six figures is a lot to pay for an extra few years of security. Maybe you can get a PhD after that…
You need to leverage the skills you’ve built. If you’re good at school, why not help others be better students? Meeting graduation requirements may have been a breeze for you, but many college students don’t get the academic support that they need to make it to graduation. InsideTrack is a company that provides coaches who help to enhance the success of college students.
InsideTrack was recently named to Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies with a 3-year growth rate of 1,035.5%. That’s crazy. Clearly they need to keep hiring with growth like that (they only have 147 employees at the moment). InsideTrack (started by the founders of SCORE Educational Centers) has essentially created its own industry of providing private academic support after college admission. To learn more about the company, check out the Inc. 500 page or The San Francisco Chronicle’s article on InsideTrack.
To be an InsideTrack “Success Coach”, you clearly must have achieved in school with a strong academic record leading up to a Bachelors Degree or higher. You also need to have the emotional intelligence to help translate your skills to helping others build theirs. If you can’t motivate and inspire, forget about it. You also need to be a phenomenal time manager (if you were that student described in the first paragraph, you probably were), because a typical InsideTrack coach will work with 70 to 85 students – mostly via phone – on a weekly basis. That’s a lot of students, but that’s why this is a full-time position. There are currently openings as a “Success Coach” in San Francisco, Portland, OR, and Southern California.
In addition to InsideTrack’s “Success Coach” jobs, there is also the opportunity to become an “Enrollment Coach.” An “Enrollment Coach” helps students make the right decisions about whether to enroll at the client college (InsideTrack is hired by colleges to coach both admitted and matriculated students). This is a really important decision for both the students and the client college, and you will facilitate the creation of successful educational relationships. If you have all the skills mentioned earlier in this post along with a great phone personality, you might make a great InsideTrack “Enrollment Coach.” All currently open “Enrollment Coach” positions are located in Portland, OR.
InsideTrack looks like a great company and a perfect first full-time job for upcoming and recent college graduates. Now that we’ve brought it to your attention, go do some research and see if InsideTrack looks like somewhere you’d want to work. You might want to read our article on How to Use Google to Find a Job to get you started.
Note: On April 21st we revisited entry-level jobs at InsideTrack.
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