Frequently Asked Questions
Where did the name Skillz Academy come from?
We call ourselves Skillz Academy because we want to help people build a better life by acquiring new, transformative professional skills. Our logo is a modern coat of arms. Historically, a coat of arms is a symbol used to identify families or individuals. As a graduate of Skillz Academy, you will be a part of the Skillz Academy Professional Network. The icons that you see in the Skillz Academy coat of arms represent the 4 pillars of the new career you will embark on after graduating from the Skillz Academy.
The four pillars of your success are:
- Technology – Technology has influenced every aspect of American life and business. We’ll teach you how to navigate and thrive as an entry level salesperson in the technology industry.
- The Business of Tech – There are more “business” jobs in technology companies than there are coding jobs. We teach the “business of tech” so you can land an entry level job in sales, business development, account management, or customer success.
- Skills for the Future – You’ll learn a future-proof set of skills. Your skills will be transferable so you can navigate various jobs in an ever changing world and throughout the technology industry.
- Competency Based Curriculum – No college degree? No problem! Successful salespeople come from all different kinds of backgrounds and experiences. We’ll ensure that you have the competencies needed to achieve your goals!
Who can apply for admission?
Skillz Academy encourages anyone to apply to our Software Sales Training program. If you are ready to change your life, please apply, tell us your story, and let us know why Skillz Academy is the next step in your career journey.
We recognize that a significant portion of America’s underemployed and unemployed talent are people from under represented and diverse backgrounds. Our goal is to connect employers looking to hire a diverse workforce with well-trained sales people, while at the same time helping diverse employees grow and prosper in their roles and in their companies.
As a graduate of Skillz Academy, what will I do and where will I work?
As a graduate of Skillz Academy, you will be prepared to work in a wide variety of companies in the technology sector, primarily in sales, business development, account management, and customer success roles. Currently, we are focused on in-demand jobs in the growing technology sector but will add other industries as we grow.
What is the time commitment?
This program meets from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Monday through Friday for eight weeks. Participants are required to be on time, to have completed their homework and to have read, viewed or listened to the required material prior to class time. Participants that have more than three unexcused absences cannot receive a Certificate of Completion.
Is your program virtual or in-person?
Our program will be in-person at our New Orleans campus. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be following public health guidelines, including social distancing and wearing masks. While there will be some virtual programming throughout the eight week program, we believe in-person instruction is important to facilitate effective learning and develop camaraderie among the cohort.
We are also monitoring recommendations by the CDC and should it make sense for us to shift to an all-virtual cohort, we are prepared to do that as well.
How much will I earn?
We partner with technology companies that offer salaries starting at $40,000 per year. Traditionally, employees who work in sales, business development, account management and customer success have the opportunity to earn commission on top of their base salaries and we expect this will continue to be the case. Please note that while we will ensure that each of our graduates has ample opportunities to meet and interact with our employee partners, we cannot guarantee you a job.