Hey 👋 This post is for any of the community-curious folks here in Community Club who may have joined this space to learn more about this career path, but aren't yet in a full time community role. I've seen some of y'all here talking about your goals to become a CM, and hearing that makes me so happy.
My path to working in community is a common one—I got into it by accident. I started my career as a high school teacher (choir), and when I found it wasn't for me, I decided I wanted to work at a tech startup. I found a role as a community manager at an ed tech company who were willing to take a chance on me with no experience, and then I learned on the job. It wasn't easy, and it took me years to feel confident and effective in what I was doing. The more I got to know other community managers, the more I realized how common this experience was.
But, as community has taken more of a center stage this past year, I've noticed changes to the job market as well. Companies are now looking to make community not an afterthought, but a central part of what they do, which means they're more invested in hiring experienced, knowledgable community managers. This is a really great thing for early-career job seekers because it means that if you have some experience or skills in community management right now, you are both very in-demand and have a lot of room for growth.
But, anyone who has ever changed careers knows there is a "viscous cycle" of getting your foot in the door in a new role—to get into a new field, you need experience, but to get experience, you have to first get into the field 🤦♀️.
We built something to help with all of that, and it's called C School 😃😃😃
C School is the first ever career-change program for community managers. It is a comprehensive, twelve-week program to help you gain skills and experience and ultimately get a job in a field where there's a lot of potential and a lot of power in the hands of job seekers.
If becoming a community manager is something you've considered, you can learn more and apply to join our first cohort here.
If you want a chance to ask questions about this program and career path live, heads up we're hosting two info sessions this week:
If you have any questions about this program, you're also welcome to ask here via this thread 😃😃😃