All students that graduate the academy start on a real world project in week 9 and 10. This is a great working experience: Students get to manage a project for a real client and it's also the first distinctive project on a graduate's portfolio.
Teams mostly consist of 3 to 4 developers working closely with a product owner and a real company that offers an exciting project to work on from start to finish.
A senior designer and a product manager will bring in the project and prepare most of the briefing for it together with the client so that the developers can hit the ground running.
This is what the schedule looks like and what is expected of the company.
- Kick-off will be on a Monday,
- For the whole first week, there will be a sprint and opportunity for a lot of feedback,
- The second week, there will be another short sprint where everything is finished.
- On the Wednesday or Thursday of the second week, there is a demo day; everyone involved is expected to attend.
The project is free of direct costs; it's purely meant for our graduates to experience a great finished project for a real client.
There can be costs for hosting the student or offering specific tools or gifts.
While this is not the goal of the project, in most cases a company is interested in hiring one or more of the graduates. As a company, this has an advantage because you're already in talks with a graduate and you could thus skip the assignment phase of the hiring process.
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If you want to know more about which projects were built in the past and how things work in terms of schedule, click here.