Berkeley

Bridging the college to career skills gap

Challenge
Among recent college graduated, un(der) employment is top issue since the majority of entry level roles require 1 – 3 years in a particular skillset. At the same time, the skills required in high-demand job fields aren’t covered in collegiate coursework. UC Berkeley was on a mission to help young professionals and recent college graduates build relevant skills in high-demand fields, and transition more smoothly into meaningful, gainful employment.

Solution
Ei, in partnership with Sage Corps, launched Experience Lab in the fall of 2019. Experience Lab is a 6-month program that combines online & in-person programming with a 3-month field experience, working full time with a startup company. Students select one of two tracks in Digital Marketing + Storytelling or Business Development, and post program completion receive dedicated job search support.

Outcome
In its first year, Experience Lab graduated 2 successful cohorts of 30 students. 70% of students had job offers within 1 month of graduating the program.