It's time to deliver classes that give you a true competitive advantage, not just a diploma. Classes that are packed full of practical, implementable tips. That give real value while you learn. That don’t force you to go in debt and put your life on pause, but, rather, supercharges your life from the offset. Today, we’re proud to announce we’ve set up that programme.
Wait. Since when did school have versions? And what's new in the new version?
In today’s business world, every product or service is constantly being updated. Upgraded. Released on repeat. Because every product—even a school—needs to constantly improve and offer the highest possible value to its users (in this case, students). The world moves fast and tech moves even quicker. And as a result? Business schools have to change, adjust and adapt according to the needs of its students, industry and climate.
What should be updated exactly?
What shouldn’t? Put simply, everything educational needs a rewrite.
Classes need to match what the market needs now, in 2019, not what was needed in 2017 or in 2005 or otherwise. Teachers need more up-to-date material that actually serves students. (Jolt students give feedback after each lesson and rate, so we know in real time what the level of the lesson was and how much they felt it had value). And the schools themselves need to be powered by technology. At Jolt, tech is at the core of everything we do: from the moment you apply, to our Eyelevel software providing the interactive experience in the room itself and beyond.
What we’ve worked on so far (briefly)
A year and a half ago, we opened our first campus on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv. With queues stretching around the block, our launch event showed just how many people are looking for a real alternative to higher education.
Due to popular demand, we opened our second campus a few months later in Israel’s tallest building, the Azrieli Sarona Tower. There, too, several hundred people arrived. Next in line was our campus in London’s Shoreditch.
It seemed that Londoners also wanted to learn in a way that suited their lifestyle (and soon we’re opening our second campus there in Soho). Cue press coverage in the Financial Times, Forbes, Evening Standard and the BBC.
So what was Jolt 2.0?
About six months ago, we launched the second iteration of Jolt, which included a number of major changes to our school:
- Much deeper content, in the form of mini-courses (four consecutive sessions)
- Accumulation of points after each lesson / workshop / mini-course
- Adding new and relevant content that the students asked us to bring
- Mini-diplomas - which are given at the end of practical workshops
- Significant features in the field of networking (super-important for our students) - such as the ability to chat with everyone you have studied with at Jolt, the ability to give your fellow students chirps for great contributions and more.
How did we know what to improve?
We’re building Jolt for our community, with our community.
To better understand them, we interviewed dozens of students in both London and Tel Aviv. We also interviewed those who left us to get the whole truth. Hundreds of hours of studies and interviews later, and we gained an incredibly clear idea of exactly what our students need to gain a competitive advantage: the skills, the content, the networking.
We also talked with people from HR professionals from companies of all sizes, with CEOs, and read every possible study on the future of work. But we won’t stop there. Not now, not ever. On the contrary, we continue to measure everything possible: how satisfied our students are, how long it takes them to get to campus, how appropriate our curriculum is.
And here we are, half a year later, with a lot of insights, data, and an updated vision. Drumroll, please...
Jolt 3.0: School of Business Administration, for people who build themselves by themselves
We understand our students better than ever. These are people who don’t wait for the world to fix them. They build themselves by themselves for themselves. Some are salaried and some are independent. They teach themselves new things in the workplace, and outside work. They’re not afraid of change. They know change is opportunity.
Jolt 3.0. Like an MBA, but smarter.
We’ve all been there. That career-defining moment when you wonder: “well, what’s next?”. This is the point when many people start considering an MBA. But the kicker is that MBAs are expensive, force you to put your life on pause and are, by and large, pretty outdated.
Take statistics, for example. Why should someone who wants to advance their career need to learn statistics?! If you’re not a data scientist, why would you force yourself to learn things you don’t need. We did enough of that in school, right?
When we decided what classes would be in our curriculum, we didn’t go to look at what’s happening elsewhere. Instead, we checked what the industry really needs, and worked backwards from there.
Jolt 3.0 - A curriculum you won’t be dying to finish
Remember the last time you studied something? Chances are, you were dying to finish it. Our challenge is to do the opposite: to create a programme where the process itself is the focus. Sure, the diploma you’ll receive at the end will show the world that you’re ambitious and have studied with us, but the main, most important goal is that you’ll accumulate new skills every week. Practical skills. That you can use tomorrow morning at work. And it’s not the diploma that’ll impress your next boss, but the fact that you’re actually taking the initiative to upskill, consistently.
It’s time for a curriculum that gives you a competitive advantage, not just a diploma. New skills that give tangible value without putting you in debt or forcing you to put your life on pause. A programme that, instead, accelerates your life and puts you in the top 5% of your industry. We’re proud to say that Not an MBA is that programme.