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Hired Partner, Educative: Hands-On Learning for Software Developers

Hired partner, Educative, provides interactive courses for software developers, changing how developers continue their education and stay relevant by providing pre-configured learning environments that adapt to match a developer’s skill level. We sat down with CEO Fahim ul Haq to learn more!

Welcome! Please tell us a bit about yourself...

My name is Fahim, and I am the CEO and Co-Founder of a software startup called Educative. We provide an in-browser learning platform for software developers to accelerate their careers and for managers to make their teams the most productive they can be.

What made you start Educative?

My brother Naeem and I spent several years at large software companies. We both had degrees and were working on exciting projects, but whenever we wanted to learn a new language or ramp up on a library unique to the project we were working on, we found learning to be a slog.

All the information was out there, someone had a YouTube video, or you could watch something on Coursera, or read a blog post with sample code, but then you’d have to pause the video, go to your IDE, copy and paste the sample code. Rewind. Pause. Go forward.

Sometimes you’re ahead of the video, sometimes you’re behind. And that doesn’t even count the setup of your tools and installing libraries or getting the right git pull.

We wanted to build a solution that wasn’t just finding disparate pieces of information, but something tightly woven together to create an intentional learning experience that is hands-on and easy for the user to test their skill.

All this experience tallied to a product like Educative in our heads, and we just wondered “why isn’t anyone doing this?” So we did it ourselves.

So how does Hired fit in there?

Educative provides self-directed courses for software developers at every stage of their career. We have programming for beginners, advanced users, and engineering managers.

We are so intimately familiar with the developer career cycle and the needs of employers, that we also offer the leading interview solution for software engineers. 

As Hired helps tech talent find and land roles it was a natural fit to help Educative users who were taking that next step in their career find an exciting role. So for qualified users, Educative refers these jobseekers to the Hired platform.

Hired has helped many of our users find their next opportunity. Inversely, Hired has also introduced many learners to Educative and we are glad to assist candidates on their job search journey.

Yes, we love working with Educative learners! What else is Educative working on now?

A lot of users know they want to upskill or cross-skill, but don’t really know where they are. So we recently launched Educative Assessments which you can think of as interactive programming quizzes.

They benchmark a learner’s skill level and refer them to the right course for a given programming language. When they “pass” the assessment, we recognize that with a shareable certification.

For those already in the field, Educative has started expanding our offerings for Software Engineering Managers with a lot more content focused on leading productive teams, which of course means helping developers grow. We have DevOps and Management courses, and will continue to expand the library.

That’s great, sounds like a productive initiative for the Educative community. Anything we should be on the lookout for?

In the coming months you can find us in the enterprise space with customized onboarding. Because thousands of our users have landed or transitioned jobs from our training and interview help, we know what companies need.

Serving software engineers in the workplace, not just at their home computer, is an exciting opportunity for us and for engineering managers.

Exciting stuff. Thank you so much for sitting down with us and for Educative’s continuous partnership with Hired. 

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