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More on Startup Experience Now

Startup is a young business with high ambition, more innovation that aims for a new economy of scale in its market. You can upgrade your resume with a professional experience working at a startup. Startup education is a precursor to professional success and lifespan productivity.

Administered by the recently created company, Ri4C, LLC of Rhode Island, the free mentorship program, Startup Experience Now, offers direct, practical, and professional work experiences for college students and new graduates who reside in or near Providence, Rhode Island. In the end, the objective is to produce a credible professional letter of work reference that provide your prospective or future employers with no doubt of your capabilities, skills and attributes as demonstrated during your participation of this program.

A mentor will work with you from the start. What you will be asked to do in the program depends on your current background and career desires. Your experience with this program should focus on the making of professional deliverables that would give your prospective or future employers a great impression of your skills. The following account of an experience in startup education offers a practical example.

David, a student who studied Architecture at RISD, participated in the program, Startup Experience Now. At the start, “he knew nothing about computer programming. He did not know how to explain even the simplest of computer instructions. During a college summer, he was working full time, over 30 hours each week; he needed the income. However, when he saw an opportunity to learn, free of charge, how to program the computer, he drastically reduced his work hours and accepted the hit to his income. As the volunteer instructor had free time mostly in the early morning, David decided to take the three-hour programming lessons at 6:30 AM, seven days a week. Within six weeks, he knew enough programming not only to teach but also to motivate other members of a student group. David had no intentions of becoming a computer programmer, yet he sacrificed personal resources in order to learn something that interested him and thereby added a new dimension to his communication skills. Through this success, he acquired new abilities he otherwise may not have gained from his formal education, as programming goes against conventional wisdom for most Architecture students.”

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