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Seattle career bootcamp adds job skills to those liberal arts degrees

This spring, a small cohort of Seattle college spring breakers turned in their plane ticket to Cabo for lessons in getting a job.

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Challenges are formed into games and provide on the spot critical thinking. Photo credit: Koru

Koru has already offered four sessions since their initial launch last year and alumni of the program have been hired by a variety of companies. Sixty-three percent of Koru's 24 person March cohort obtained full time jobs with partnering companies. 

“Employers want to see continuous improvement, incredible curiosity, and an appetite for learning; your ability to take initiative, and work hard,” said Hamilton.

"Koru gives students an opportunity to demonstrate those skills beyond the typical job interview."

"I didn’t have a network, but I knew what I could bring to a company," Spanjer explained. "I needed a way to connect, and a way to stand out. Koru gave me that."

Hailey Way is a Crosscut Editorial Intern and a graduate from the University of Washington’s school of journalism, where she wrote for The Daily and various hyper local blogs around Seattle. Previously a classical company dancer of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre, she enjoys writing on similar topics in the arts and culture beat.


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