“JumpStart” Your Career
By Sintha Rajasingham, Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation
Attention jobseekers! NYCEDC and partner SUNY Levin Institute are currently accepting applications for the tenth series of JumpStart NYC, a program that helps out-of-work professionals transition to new careers and industries in NYC.
The next JumpStart session will commence January 23-27, 2012. Selected candidates will participate in a five-day intensive “Boot Camp” at the SUNY Levin Institute, followed by a 10-week pro-bono consulting project with a New York City-based start-up company in fields such as digital media, online marketing, financial services, arts, not-for-profit, green finance, IT, and professional services.
Apply now to join the next class of JumpStart to retool your skills in a startup environment and find out if the entrepreneurial world is for you. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, December 28. We’re also hosting an info session on Thursday, December 8th from 6 to 8pm—more details here.
Launched in 2009 during the recession, the JumpStart NYC pilot program was designed to help displaced financial services professionals transition to new careers in New York City’s start-up sector. Since then, JumpStart NYC has broadened its curricula to attract professionals outside of financial services, including the arts and nonprofit, media and technology, and green finance sectors.
To date, more than 900 people have applied to JumpStart and more than 450 participants have been accepted.
JumpStart NYC not only improves employment outcomes, but also assists with transitions to entirely new industries. According to a recent survey of nearly 200 past participants:
- 54 percent reported that they were self-employed, had started their own business, or had secured full or part-time employment within six months of completing JumpStart NYC
- Of these, about a quarter were offered a full- or part-time job with the company for which they consulted
- On average, those respondents who did find employment within six months of completing JumpStart did so roughly 1.5 to 2 months after the program
- 42 percent of respondents credit JumpStart NYC with helping them consider opportunities in a new industry
- Nearly half of respondents who secured a full-time position did so with a start-up, small business, or non-profit
* Includes only those participants who secured employment within six months of completing JumpStart