OpenClassrooms is a different type of education program that allows you to drive the speed and depth of your learning. It requires you to reevaluate what you want to get out of a Path. There are four broad elements to a Path, each requiring a thoughtful personal approach:
One: Orientation Phase
This is when students first decide on a path, they meet their mentors, and begin the first project. Typically the first project is slightly different than later projects. It might be about learning, or following a professional in your chosen field, or figuring out the platform. This period is more about adjusting to the timing of online learning and figuring out what works best for you.
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Two: Project Phase
As you begin to go through the Path, you will see a list of projects. If you already have a lot of experience in the field you have chosen, you may not need to take any courses at all. Instead, you can use your mentoring sessions and your time to work specifically on completing the project. However, if the project has elements you have never seen before, that is where courses can help you succeed. Between the optional courses, your mentoring sessions, and research to locate additional ways of learning skills, your Path will allow you to master skills and complete each project so that the Assessor evaluates it positively and you head to Jury.
Three: Jury Phase
This is the final phase of your Path, in which you collect all of your completed projects and present them almost like a portfolio to a panel of professionals, industry experts, mentors, and other contributors. Once the projects are reviewed and agreed to be up to industry standards, your Path is complete and you begin the career search!
In this final phase of the process, you will work with an assigned Career Coach who can counsel you on the job search prospects. This coach is a professional who can review your application materials, help you practice interview scenarios, and give you feedback on industry expectations.
The best way to succeed at OpenClassrooms is to take full advantage of your sessions with your mentor and your career coach. Take as many classes as you like and keep an open mind about the Projects! There is a chance you may not pass one of your assessments, and that is absolutely fine. We do not always perform perfectly when doing projects at work either and part of this process is about learning how to take feedback in a positive way and applying the advice to a second draft.