–>Who: Kedar Iyer, co-founder of …
–> What: …GapJumpers.me, an online platform where university students to work on real projects from companies like Google and IBM to gain relevant experience as they look for jobs after graduation.
–> How: Listen to this interview and learn more about GapJumpers.me.
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In his quest to seek out people and ideas shifting how the world works to make it better, Scott Henderson talks with Kedar Iyer, co-founder of GapJumpers.me.
Kedar Iyer and Petar Vujosevic decided to build GapJumpers to tackle one of the world’s most pressing problems: youth unemployment. In exploring the issue, they found that one in four students are unemployed simply because they lack the relevant real-life work experience to break into any career. There exists a significant gap between the academic knowledge provided by educational institutions and the tangible skill sets needed to secure a job.
That’s where GapJumpers comes in. On their online platform, university students can tackle challenges posted by companies in the likes of Google and Virgin Mobile, getting the experience and endorsement they need to build out their résumé. Meanwhile, GapJumpers also allows companies to effectively screen and select the top young talent who have already proven credibility and a high quality of work.
GapJumpers is currently working in Chile, through the support of the Startup Chile program. In this interview, we also hear from Sergio Majluf, professor and director of UDD, one of the pilot universities using GapJumpers to help students gain experience.
Learn more about GapJumpers.me.