Introducing Jolt 3.0: A business programme for the self-made

Lior Frenkel, CPO at Jolt
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June 12, 2019


- 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.

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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 But the kicker is that MBAs are expensive, force you to put your life on pause and are, by and large, pretty outdated.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.

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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.

So why do so few of us have creative breaks?

Because almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.

Charles Darwin took long walks around London. Kurt Vonnegut made listening to jazz a daily priority. Fiona Apple disappeared for 6 years after the release of her third album.

So why do so few of us have creative breaks?
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I ask because I can often be found agonising over the "more". If only I posted on Instagram more, I'll think in the bath. I'd have more followers if I pitched to more publications. I need to post 2 more times a week, minimum. I could go on...

Between you and me, I've got frustrated with myself for browsing Facebook or watching too much TV more times than I can remember.

And I'm not alone. So many of us are terrified of taking a break, creatively speaking. We won't let a moment pass without listening to a podcast, consuming an article or sharing something.

The cognitive load is real, y'all.

But like Vitamin D, sleep and good food, it's not only ok to take a break, it's essential.

Living a successful life is also about knowing when not to work. For your best output, you need to focus on your input, too.

The world won't end if you disappear from the internet for a week or so. Your creativity won't suddenly stop. Your time is now, but your time was also then and it will be again.

Your dreams don't have an expiration date.

Many of us confuse being "busy" with being constructive. But you can only do your best work by taking breaks.

And science backs it up, too. The brain requires substantial downtime to do its most innovative thinking. The ideas you have while driving or in the shower aren't coincidental. They're a result of you taking a step back, whether you're aware of it or not.

Here's a challenge for you

Let yourself take a wonderful and indulgent break. Several breaks. Hell, get downright bored.

Put airplane mode on for a while. Sit down. Lie down. Be still. Do nothing. Observe. Listen to your mind. Let it do what it does without judging it.

Wallow in it. Don't be afraid of it. Push it as far as you can.

When you leave your laptop behind, something always happens. A new idea or a fresh perspective appears.

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"A spark of inspiration needs an empty cave."

Take proper breaks, often. Completely clear your mind. Your next best idea depends on it.

Could you get to the top 1% of your industry?

Empower your team to go and shine.