Below is our recent interview with Mark Lester, Chief Partnerships Officer at FourthRev:
Q: Mark, what is FourthRev?
A: We are a digital education company that works with leading universities, global technology partners and recruiters to deliver career-focused education for the fast-growing digital economy.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: This week, we announced a new category of learning called Career Accelerators which are fully online courses designed to combine the best of industry skills and university education to develop the full set of skills needed to be successful in high growth digital careers. Our first Career Accelerator has been produced in partnership with The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is a Data Analytics Career Accelerator. Built in collaboration with global technology companies and leading employers, this Career Accelerator delivers an immersive, project-based, and fully online experience for people to access anywhere in the world. The programme has been designed to empower participants with the technical, analytical and human skills necessary to launch or advance a career in data analytics and provides the project portfolio and job matching support to enable graduates to successfully get jobs in data-focused roles.
The course is now open for students to enrol with first learners starting their studies in February 2022.
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Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: This course is the first of its kind. Most bootcamps and industry-developed courses focus on the development of technical skills; meanwhile most university programmes develop robust critical thinking skills but fall short on its practical application in actual business contexts using the tools of the trade. You shouldn’t be required to choose between these two options. We have brought leading experts from both worlds together to co-develop a new experience that means that learners can be confident that not only will they receive a top class and job focused education, but they will also be equipped with the skills they will need to succeed and adapt over the longer term. The curriculum will develop the critical combination of in-demand data analysis, visualisation and programming, with human skills such as problem-solving, influencing and critical reflection. The programme has been developed by LSE’s world class Departments of Statistics and Methodology in collaboration with global data analytics companies, such as Tableau, and includes virtual projects with employer partners and job matching support from global recruitment specialists, such as Robert Walters.
More specifically, the Data Analytics Career Accelerator is designed to enable learners to:
- Conduct descriptive analytics in order to prepare reports and insights to support business decision-making
- Prepare advanced data visualisations and data stories to communicate compelling, guided narratives to key business stakeholders
- Acquire large amounts of complex data from multiple sources and complete advanced analytical processes using popular analytical tools
- Apply predictive models to transform insights into actionable strategies
- Collaborate in solving business problems and justify strategic recommendations that leverage best practice and advanced data-analytic approaches
- Build practical experience with critical in-demand analytics tools: Excel, SQL databases, postgres, Python, R, and Tableau
Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: Our objective is to continue to develop new and exciting programmes that bring the best of technology, employers and universities together to create life-changing opportunities for people. Over the next 6 months we will be expanding our partnerships with universities, industry partners and recruiters to develop more Career Accelerators as we believe this new holistic approach will play a vital role in delivering career-driven education for the digital economy. Moreover, we will be continuously working to innovate how we advance our pedagogy to nurture the human and 21st century skills needed for the modern economy, and will plan to forge exciting partnerships with organisations that similarly believe that we can best achieve social and economic advancement through employer and university collaboration.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: I think the unique aspect of our company that most won’t appreciate until they work with us is just how much people matter to us. Our students matter and we do everything we can to create a truly fantastic experience that will be life-changing for them and their families; our partners matter and we make sure we are open, fair and look for the win-win in everything we do with them; and of course our staff matter, and we strive continuously to make working life enjoyable and productive because in the end a happy and motivated team is a successful team. As in our approach to education, we believe a company can be both commercially successful and sincerely human.