Are you struggling to find work during the pandemic? You’re not alone! This program might help.

I spent an inordinate amount of time looking for a good picture for this post around the theme of “generation.” Then I gave up, so enjoy this completely unrelated picture of a pelican instead. Photo by Cody Doherty on Unsplash

Times are tough right now. You don’t need me to tell you that. But I think people coming of age right now have it especially hard.

I can’t imagine the anxiety you must be feeling if you’re between the ages of, say, fifteen and twenty-five. You’re thinking about how you’re going to start a career when millions are out of work and competing fiercely for those entry level jobs. And money’s tight, so there aren’t a lot of affordable options for training up either.

That’s why four months ago I introduced you to YearUp, a program aimed at getting eighteen to twenty-four year olds some paid training and an internship.

Unfortunately, there’s a pretty big shortcoming with YearUp for some of my readers: it’s a US program. And would you know that roughly 25% of the readers of this blog come from outside the US?

So today, let me introduce you to a similar program that also happens to be world wide! It’s called Generation.

Generation is located in the following countries: US (including Puerto Rico,) Mexico, Brazil, UK, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia. They have programs in several fields including a few IT focused ones: help desk, cloud, and web developer.

Much like YearUp, they offer free training, mentorship, résumé preparation, and interviewing coaching, but they do all this in a much more accelerated time frame. The time frame varies depending on the program you select, but it’s roughly three months. During this time, they’ll help you work towards one of four “learning outcomes” based on what makes sense for you. These are either an internship, full time employment, apprenticeship (this is probably geared towards some of their other tracks, like construction,) or continuing education.

I’m personally more of a fan of the YearUp approach which takes a year. A year is time enough for solid training and six months of actual work experience. However, maybe getting up and running quickly may be better for your current situation?

One exciting thing about this program that I’d like to mention is that they seem to work getting certificates into the program itself. For the Junior Cloud Practitioner program, you would choose between the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals, and Google Cloud certificates. You should also check out the IT Help Desk Technician track which lines you up for an A+ and ITF+ certificate. (Heads up: these two links are city specific. I’m including them here so you can take a quick look at the tracks, but make sure to find one in your city by starting from the main page.)

This program and others like it are a boon to people struggling to get started right now. And it’s free!

If you’re at least eighteen years old and have a high school diploma (or GED), give it a look. It just may be the boost you need to get you started down the Silicon Path!

With each post, I cover a new topic to help you get your start (or keep progressing) in your IT career. If it’s your first time visiting this blog, start here. And make sure to check out these top interview questions before you start interviewing!

Author: Silicon Wanderer

I'm a merry wanderer on the path to financial independence through IT. I'm doing it, and I want to show you how you can to!

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