Academic Institutions Join Blockchain Employment Market
A blockchain marketplace for student employment, BitJob is garnering interest with a number of universities in the run up to its main token sale. The project is designed to connect university students with employment opportunities within the digital currency sector, and will shortly be holding its crowdfunding event.
The list of universities and groups that have joined BitJob to date includes University of Florida Bitcoin Club, Blockchain at Berkeley, McGill Cryptocurrency Club, Concordia Fintech Society, The Ivey Business School at Western University, Infolab at The Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM), and The Blockchain Education Network.
University of Florida Bitcoin Club Founder, Aaron Schwartz explained: “BitJob allows students that are currently in school to be gain real-world experience by working for blockchain companies, and add to their personal portfolio of work, so that when they graduate they will be equipped with the skills and resume to pursue a full-time career within this space. I believed from the beginning that this was a very worthwhile project to pursue, as I have seen the need for it first hand in the organizations that I help to lead, and I personally would have loved to have had such a resource to help me gain experience within this space while I was in university. Now we are seeing this support first-hand from excited students, companies, and investors all over the world, and it is very special to see others excited about the implications of this new platform.”
Dr Theo Mourouzis, one of the project’s newest advisers and Programme director of the MSc in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM), clarified: ‘BitJob is an excellent application of Blockchain technology, that utilizes its decentralization, automation and transparency features for enabling students to earn some income while they are studying. It is not the technology aspect that makes BitJob a great idea but more importantly its social responsibility aspect towards the society and especially the group of youngsters enrolled for studies in universities. It is not only the disruption that it brings in the job-seeking space but the direct elegant solution that it offers that allows students with primarily no solid professional experience to earn a leaving and employees that have an opportunity to search for fresh minds, hungry to show their skills. This directly contributes towards the great gap that exists between demand and supply for technical skills that exists nowadays.’
Also a Research Fellow at University College London’s Centre for Blockchain Technology, Mourouzis has extensive international consultancy experience in data science, blockchain and information security. In 2013, he was a member of the UCL security group that was awarded the first prize in the UK Cyber Cipher Security Challenge among UK universities.
Mourouzis added: “The passion and the great knowledge of the founding members about technology and especially blockchain and security convinced me to become a member of this project from the first minute. As an advisor at BitJob, I make sure that all security standards and best practices are followed contributing towards the solidity of the final product and design.”
BitJob raised $1.5M USD in the first week of its token pre-sale, which ended on the 16th of August. The official STU token sale will begin on the 12th of September.