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Top 10 Reasons to Join Skillz Academy


Joining Skillz Academy’s “Software Sales Training Program” sounds like a no-brainer. But in case you need more incentive, here are the Top Ten Reasons to join our next cohort. 

1.    It will cost you $0 upfront. The cost of your tuition will be covered by a combination of a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant and an Income Share Agreement. This means that you will pay absolutely nothing to us unless you get a job earning at least $40,000 a year. If you get a job earning at least $40,000 a year, you will start paying us a small amount of your monthly salary until the balance of your tuition is paid off (about 2 years). 

2. No college degree is required. Successful salespeople come from different backgrounds and have a wide variety of life experiences. We ensure that every graduate of our program has acquired the academic knowledge, soft skills training, cultural competencies, and practical experience needed to ensure success, with or without a college degree. 

3. You will graduate in just a few short weeks. Our immersive training program is designed to prepare you for an entry-level tech job quickly, whether that’s in sales, business development, account management, or customer success. There’s no need to spend many months (or years) sitting through a degree or certification program. 

4. Tech jobs are plentiful, despite the pandemic. While many industries have suffered catastrophic job losses due to Covid 19, the tech sector is still going strong and is expected to continue growing. New Orleans is home to many companies offering high-paying jobs to qualified candidates as a tech hub. Opportunity awaits right in your own backyard!

5. We will help you find the right job once you graduate. Our success is tied to your success. We will place you in a paid apprenticeship if you complete our training program. However, the apprenticeship is your opportunity to show your ability to do the job for which you were trained. As such, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a full-time offer of employment after the apprenticeship is complete. However, your chances of getting a full-time offer after completing the apprenticeship are high. Our training program and the apprenticeship offer six months to learn how to be an entry-level salesperson. In the event that you do not get a full-time offer after completing your apprenticeship, we will provide you with resume assistance, interview training sessions, and other forms of career services to ensure you are successful in your job search.

6. These jobs pay well and offer benefits like health insurance, 401K plans, etc. We partner with technology companies in New Orleans and across the country that provide base salaries of $40,000 or more. Employees who work in sales, business development, account management, and customer success often have the opportunity to earn commission on top of their base salaries, which can propel earning potential even higher. 

7. Our graduates gain instant, lifetime membership into a community of like-minded, diverse professionals. The Skillz Professional Network will be a large community of graduates. These individuals will have shared experiences that foster strong social and professional bonds. Membership in this community will provide the basis for invaluable networking opportunities both now and in the future. 

8. Our graduates will receive at least one year of ongoing on-the-job coaching. Each graduate is paired with a coach who has expertise in the graduate’s specific job function. These are trained professionals with real-world experience. Coaches will provide support when a graduate needs guidance in achieving a goal or help to fit into a company’s culture. Access to the coaches will be delivered virtually and available on demand.

9. We teach the type of skills that lead to a lifetime of career advancement and success. Our curriculum teaches a “future-proof” set of skills. These transferable skills will serve you throughout your lifetime. They will allow you to successfully navigate various jobs while capitalizing on the wide variety of opportunities available throughout the technology industry.

10 . We know what we are doing. Our team has over 50 years of combined sales experience in media and technology. We have a passion for sales and a proven track record of real-world success. We also have a vested interest in promoting opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically people of color. 

What are you waiting for? We are currently seeking candidates to join our next cohort. Click here to get the ball rolling.