BitJob, the blockchain platform whose goal is to create a global marketplace for student employment, is off to a flying start in both its university partnerships and its token pre-sale.
The project is designed to connect university students with employment opportunities within the digital currency sector, and will shortly be holding its crowd fund. Even before its formal launch though, it has stirred up quite a bit of interest from a series of universities and student groups, showing promise.
Just like digital currencies themselves, the greater the network effect the more valuable the project becomes for its users – and if the collection of participants to date is anything to go by, BitJob will become one of the primary hubs for recruitment in the blockchain sector.
One of the first participating groups is the University of Florida Bitcoin Club, which was founded in September 2016 by founder and developer Aaron Schwartz. The list of universities and groups that have joined BitJob to date also include 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.
Although the initiative is powered by blockchain technology, BitJob’s significance is primarily social, rather than technical – as 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), explained, “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.”
BitJob raised $1.5M USD in the first week of its token pre-sale, which ended on 16 August. The official STU token sale will begin on 12 September.