HOW DO PEOPLE GET TO THE UNSCHOOL?
Our community members fund their way to the UnSchool in different ways, from crowdfunding to employer sponsorship and self-investing. They've convinced bosses, rallied support through their own networks, and passed up other opportunities to commit to their personal development. Read some of their stories (illustrated by alumni Mehrafza Mirzazad for inspiration!
There are crowdfunding platforms around the world, and every single one of our alumni who have taken this route has successfully funded their way, thanks to their own community and even some of our alumni supporting them!
Aside from the financial assistance it offers you in covering tuition, travel and accommodation, crowdfunding is an amazing personal growth experience and as many of our alumni say, the side bonuses are leadership development, confidence boosts and business development (don’t be surprised if your crowdfunding campaign leads to paid work gigs!)
The UnSchool will share your campaign with our community and help you promote it across our networks. If you'd like to see a couple examples of how to do this, check out Gina's, Laura's and Carla's campaign.
From Fellowships to Workshops and Masterclasses, in every program we run we have had participants who successfully got their employers to fund their participation.
An effective method for getting employer support is offering an exchange. This usually takes the form of running a post-program workshop or knowledge sharing experience with the organization to help build internal capabilities.
Show your boss you are committed by asking them to co-invest in your professional development. Many of our alumni ask their employers to co-fund their participation in the program. We also have alumni who have partnered with educational institutions and offered knowledge sharing workshops upon their return in exchange for tuition sponsorship.
They have found that one approach that works is to offer a strong case for how the new knowledge will assist them with their work, leadership and professional development, and how they can share learnings with their team and ultimately how the company or institution can benefit.