Year Up is also experimenting with the six-month training shortening for some people. “We need to meet the students where they are rather than saying that everyone is having the exact same programmatic experience,” Chertavian said.
For older workers, Year Up has developed a program called Grads of Life, which helps companies adapt their hiring and promotion practices to diversity, equity and inclusion. One of the goals of the organization, which operates as a subsidiary, is to get companies to give up their insistence on bachelor’s degrees for jobs that don’t really require them.
I asked Mutsinzi what he thought of Year Up. Its history is colorful. He decided to attend a small Christian college in Oklahoma even though he had virtually no money and only a partial scholarship. He thought he could earn the rest of the tuition by playing basketball, but he wasn’t good enough. A friend told him about a community college in Maine, so he transferred there, not realizing that there were community colleges in Oklahoma as well. He studied in Maine for two years, but again ran out of money. Then came Boston and Year Up.
Mutsinzi is smart and charismatic and has managed to impress some influential people along the way. Seth Klarman, the billionaire co-founder and managing director of the hedge fund Baupost Group, invited him into his office, where they chatted for an hour. Mutsinzi did an internship at JPMorgan and converted it to a full time position, then joined KPMG and later Cambridge Associates. During that time, he earned an online bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University and held charity basketball tournaments to benefit Year Up, raising, he said, around $ 100,000.
Mutsinzi said he agreed with Chertavian that for some people the six-month training program can be sped up. He also agrees with Year Up’s cost-cutting initiative of moving more of his training away from expensive downtown offices, affiliating with community colleges, and using the space. the low.
Most importantly, he said, employers should open their minds to hiring people who don’t tick all of their boxes. (I’ve written about this before.) He’s always grateful to a KPMG official who made an exception and gave him a full-time job even though he didn’t get his bachelor’s degree. “I was already there, I was doing a good job,” he said. “It is really absurd that they needed this piece of paper.” (“KPMG has relaxed its degree requirements for some positions in recent years,” said James Powell, the national academic talent acquisition partner for KPMG, in a statement released to me today. hui.)
Good job matches require serious effort and fresh thinking on the part of students and employers. “Year Up is almost a hack for a broken system,” Chertavian said. “You would like to change the system. He added, “Part of it is awareness. If we can change people’s beliefs, we have a chance to change their behaviors.