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It depends. You’ve probably heard some people experience it as wanting something “more in life”... except they already have everything they thought they always wanted. Others describe it as the dark age - where feeling lost, confused, scared and unhappy is the norm. And there are others that say it feels a lot like anxiety: always thinking about where they could be (thanks, well-curated Instagram feeds) instead of focusing on where they currently are.
All of these are forms of a Quarter-Life Crisis. Yours could even be a different variation altogether. What they all have in common is the desire to change your life, try something different and learn something new.
Maybe. But it doesn’t have to be an insufferable one. Nor does it have to be one you choose not to do anything about. “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional” may be one of those #motivationmonday quotes you see on a friend’s Facebook page (fun fact: that’s a line from Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore), but that doesn’t make it any less true!
We believe you can always do something about it. And that’s where we come in. We are here to support you as you go along solving your Quarter-Life Crisis. Think of us as your QLC survival kit.
We can’t promise that we’ll be your end-all, be-all solution, but we’re hopeful that it’s a step in the right direction.
QLC Projects provide curriculum to learn the skills required for some of today’s most sought-after careers. Aside from learning those skills, you are also applying them in real-world settings with some of the most innovative companies from around the world -- a unique opportunity to demonstrate that you’ve mastered the material. And if you’re wondering what it’s like to launch a startup or try out a different role at work, you’re sure to get first-hand insight.
Think of QLC Projects like a modern apprenticeship. Except the trades that can change the world now have evolved by the digital revolution.
QLC Projects are 6 week part-time learning experience with industry-leading startups, impact-making social enterprises and other innovative companies. Projects require 5-10 hours per week with time roughly divided by
30% Guided individual learning
30% Mentoring and team collaboration
40% Individual and team deliverable creation
Project participants are called “Candidates” while project hosts are called “Mentors”.
Candidates learn relevant skills through QLC’s resource library to help them design creative solutions to business challenges posted by Project Mentors. Project Mentors share insights and learnings about their organisation and the industry they operate in. Sometimes they will also have experience in the particular project function, such as marketing or data analytics.
Candidates and Mentors meet weekly via video-chat to brainstorm and collaborate. Mentors provide feedback and guidance on all work done by candidates. They then set project goals for the next week.
Most QLC Projects are hosted by founders and other entrepreneurial individuals from high growth startups, social enterprises and mission driven organisations from around the globe. What they have in common is that they are tackling some of the most relevant and important problems of our generation, and they want to work with smart and passionate individuals looking to make a difference.
Most QLC Projects cost between $300 - $500.
Good question, but you might be looking at this backwards. You’re paying for a combination of services that can be terribly tough to crack on your own.
The QLC Project fee covers a structured project curriculum; mentorship; the chance to try out a new career; learn a new set of skills; the experience of being a part-time digital nomad for a few weeks; the opportunity to network with a global startup; and for some, the potential to be transition into a job in a new industry.
Possibly. But there are many benefits and perks. QLC Projects offer that you may not have access to yourself. We offer a unique and curated selection of mission driven organisations to work with, many of which are in niche verticals and not actively hiring. We save you countless hours of research, planning and networking. If you’re looking to change into a new market, QLC Projects are more affordable than flying overseas to find a job or paying your way through another university degree.
This is coupled with the resources to get you started no matter where you are on your learning journey. Our Resource Library provides tools and frameworks to help you slide right into the new world of work, including how to work with startups and build digital skills. QLC helps you truly learn what you need to know on the job (or in this case, project) as opposed to starting a new degree.
Finally, you won’t be doing this alone. You’ll be doing this with a community of other interesting and inspired people that share your goals.
Nope. You don’t even have to put your pants on. Everything is 100% remote and entirely tailored around your current full time commitments (as much as humanly possible). You and your project Mentor schedule meetings with your full-time working hours (or studies) in mind. Most Candidates spend between 5-8 hours per week on QLC Projects spread across weeknights or weekends.
New QLC Projects are added weekly. If you don’t find something you’re interested in trying immediately, come back the following week! Most projects start on the third Monday of each month.
Keep in mind that applications for all QLC Projects close 10 days before the designated start date. Sometimes earlier, if the project is fully subscribed.
QLC assesses applications on a first-in basis, your spot will be saved once you’ve met all requirements which includes:
Once you are accepted into a project, you will then be added to your project dashboard. On the dashboard you’ll find your project brief, project tasks, the curriculum library, and a digital space for you, your team and your Mentor to catchup. This grants you access to the full resource library and project tasks. If you are in a group project, you will also be able to meet and mingle with your new teammates. allows you to meet and mingle with your new team members. You will also be formally introduced to your mentor on the start date of your project.
We offer a variety of tools to make sure any timezone hiccups are sorted. Check the location of your Project Mentor while applying to QLC Projects and consider the times of day you’ll be available that make sense with the time difference. Working across timezones requires a bit of flexibility, but we’re here to make it as easy as possible!
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That’s how you can contact us. But if you prefer to email us, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org will work, too. We try to respond within 24 hours, often even sooner.