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4 Reasons Why Lambda School is a Great Place to Get Hired—Even as a Non-Tech Person

Corné van Straten
March 2020

This is not a paid ad. We are just big fans of Lambda, and we want to share with you why they’re a great company to start your career!

This article is part of a feature series on the best startups to launch your career this year.

Lambda School has a stellar product.

A world-class tech bootcamp that takes people from zero coding experience to full-time developers, designers, or data scientists (in six months flat), Lambda is a company that has created something truly exciting to get behind. 

As anyone in this space will tell you, not all coding bootcamps are created equal. But Lambda school consistently ranks among the top coding schools nationwide. YouTube is filled with incredible success stories of Lambda graduates who moved from dead-end jobs to six-figure careers in six months.

Lambda is not only a great program—they’re pioneering a movement that changes people’s lives for the better every day. And they’re looking for people to join them—to be part of something bigger than just a nine-to-five.

On top of that, here are a few more reasons why Lambda is a great place to launch your career!

They’ve initiated the coding bootcamp ISA business model.

On top of being a great product, Lambda School also has a fantastic business model.

Lambda is famous for its offer that you don’t have to pay anything for the bootcamp until you’ve landed a job that pays you at least $50,000. They do this through ISAs (income share agreements), which are increasingly changing the future of education.

This business model is rock solid. The interests of company and student are always aligned. And it’s quickly gaining traction throughout the education space (and for good reason): it’s the only model that really makes sense from the point of view of the student.

Seeing a company bet on its own product like this is always a great sign—and it’s a movement that’s pretty exciting (and has a bright future) to get behind for your first career job.

They genuinely value learning.

When you’re early in your career, it’s a fantastic idea to optimize for learning, growth, and experimentation, rather than for money. Skills you acquire early on in your career will pay dividends for the rest of your life, yielding a great return on investment. So it would be smart to search out a company where you can learn and grow quickly.

Lambda clearly has that learning and growth culture that you want in your first job (and really, every job after that).

Their reviews on Glassdoor by past and present employees illustrate just how true this is. Almost every review mentions something about the company’s awesome learning culture:

“Learned some awesome skills that gave me the confidence to apply for higher end jobs.”

“If you see an area of improvement that nobody else is owning, you are empowered to dig into it if you want to, even if it’s not your ‘job.'”

You’ll get immense growth potential.

One of the advantages of working at a fast-growing startup like Lambda is that you can grow in your role as the company grows. It’s not uncommon for young people to grow into senior roles really quickly within a startup because as the company grows, the workload grows, new people are hired, and you’re more likely to be able to move into a new position.

Contrast that potential for growth with a more established, corporate environment, where promotions are much slower, more regulated, and are usually subject to office politics.

Lambda is a unique blend because yes, it’s on the fast-track to growth—but so are its employees, as the company itself is still young. Pretty neat.

You get the chance to write history.

The education space is an immense and growing market, and there are big shifts happening—especially with ISAs on the rise.

Many traditional education institutions have business models very much unlike Lambda. They hedge their bets on charging large amounts of money upfront with no guarantee for success. They sell a lot of decorum and little substance as far as marketable skills are concerned.

Many graduates of these traditional learning institutions end up with lots of debt while being unable to find the well-paying jobs that would allow them to pay that debt off.

It’s a growing problem.

And this is exactly why we’re seeing this big shift happening, of people choosing Lambda-like bootcamps and professional apprenticeships over more traditional paths.

If you work at Lambda, you get to be part of this historic shift. How is that for purpose?

So how do you land a job at Lambda?

Okay, so you’re convinced that Lambda is a great company you want to work for.

Now what?

First, you should head over to Lambda’s career page and see if there are any jobs you’d be a good fit for.

Found something? Great!

Now the question is, how are you going to stand out from the pile of resumes? There are going to be tons of other applicants who just clicked “apply” and filled out the form.

You want to show your genuine enthusiasm for Lambda in general—and for this role in particular.

A great way to do this is to create a one-minute video pitch.

Using your unique face and voice in a video pitch will allow you to convey your passion and enthusiasm for this role way better than a cover letter ever could. Here’s how to make a great one.

Make it even better by featuring some of your work or a project you’ve made that showcases you you’re a good fit for the job you’re pitching Lambda on. Ideally, this is going to be something you’ve made especially for them.

Then, instead of just clicking “apply” and posting the link to your video pitch in lieu of a cover letter, send your pitch to the hiring manager directly.

Hiring managers are people, too, and just like everyone else, they will appreciate a personal approach over a generic, procedural application.

Do some research. See if you can find this person’s email address, Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile—then send your pitch to them directly.

And before you know it, you’ll be working at a great company like Lambda.

Good luck!

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