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Fintech executive boot camps on the rise to meet the sector’s growing demand

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As technology constantly evolves, so too must the workplace.

As technology constantly evolves, so too must the workplace. Skills that are essential today didn’t even exist just a couple of decades ago, making lifelong learning and executive education an accepted reality in today’s job market.

Given the speed of innovation, it’s no surprise that tech skills gap is forming with both employers and employees trying to keep up and stay relevant. It is in this environment in which professionally operated executive education is so incredibly valuable.

Rather than seek new staff who fit the bill, employers are increasingly realising they have the talent in-house – it just needs some coaching.

To fill this need, tech boot camps have skyrocketed in recent years, giving staff the opportunity to learn up to the minute skills in a limited amount of time.

2U’s Trilogy Education has been, and remains, a leader in this field. And just last week they added to their ever-growing list of high profile clients.

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The company recently partnered with Columbia University and Rice University’s engineering schools to offer two fintech boot camps aimed at training up professionals in the growing field.

“Financial services companies are in need of data and technology experts to help support the growth and innovation occurring in the sector,” Professor Soulaymane Kachani, Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation at Columbia University, said in a press release.

“The Columbia Engineering FinTech Boot Camp provides learners with the applied skills that will open the door to a range of fintech roles, from transforming their business’ technology capabilities to launching their own fintech startups.”

The fintech course will cover in-demand skills and teach participants the programming language Python.

Many univeristies are choosing to team up with boot camp providers as a quick and costly way to provide students and professionals the skills needed without investing in a whole academic programme.

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Trilogy alone is currently working with 48 universities to provide tech training programmes, working with a curriculum they have developed based on their vast experience.

And they provide much more than just tech skills. Participants will also have access to Trilogy’s career-planning assistance in which they will provide reviews of portfolios, career content and practice sessions, technical interview training, one-to-one career coaching, soft skills training, and support on honing resumes and social media profiles.

“Technology and data are fundamentally transforming the financial services industry. The groundbreaking Columbia and Rice fintech boot camps powered by Trilogy will help meet the sector’s growing demand for a digitally skilled workforce,” said Dan Sommer, CEO and Founder of Trilogy Education.

“We’re proud to partner with Columbia and Rice to provide learners with the critical reskilling and upskilling training they need to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of employers in the financial services industry.”