Are you a
If you have a college degree, then you are not just a Gigster,
but a Collegiate Gigster,
a professional with skills,
work experience, and
the average part-time worker.
Why the Colégas Group?
The Colégas Group was formed to help part-time workers with college degrees,
who we refer to as Collegiate Gigsters, to:
find unique side-gig
seek professional development opportunities
for a changing work-force
connect with a
and expand their reach
beyond their own industry
What we Offer
In one sentence: we help you find unique work and collaboration opportunities to share your specific knowledge & experience.
If you work for a company, organization, or institution, and aren't being paid fairly, we can help change that. If you are being paid well, but your talents are not being utilized to their fullest, we can change that as well. If you are between jobs and need something to bridge the gap, we can help. If you are returning to work after a long break, we can help there too. Finally, if you are already a free-lancer, a contract employee, or a self-employed “gigster,” then we can help increase your opportunities.
We build online services that allow you to find gigs (part-time work opportunities). One such platform is Public Academic, which serves as a registry for finding local speaking, teaching and mentoring opportunities at local college campuses. We also offer professional development courses (Collegiate Seminars) that help you improve your current skills or learn new ones. We also share collegiate gigster experiences with our newsletter (the Gigster ‘Zine!), so that you can read up on what your fellow collegiate gigsters are up to. Finally, we help you connect with like-minded professionals on our dedicated Facebook and Twitter pages.
We are ourselves collegiate gigsters so we know what it takes. We realized long ago that for part-time workers who are not directly affiliated with large institutions, companies or organizations, the key to success is community. Since we didn’t find one that was specific to our needs, we created one ourselves.
A formal education is the foundation of your success as a Collegiate Gigster.
Why the emphasis on a college degree?
A formal education gives you an unprecedented advantage.
The fact is, a college education matters. The exceptions are few. Sure, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg may have scoffed at completing a college education, but they still surround themselves with the most educated people. Those are the people that really run their corporations and when they eventually step down, the future success of the companies depends on those people. For most other companies large or small, a college education makes all the difference. For every Steve, Bill, and Mark, there is also a Jack Ma, a Jeff Bezos, and an Elon Musk, highly successful people who did complete their degrees and use that experience to advance themselves and their companies.
According to the most recent census, 1/3 of Americans have a bachelor's degree, and about 1/10 have a Master's degree or higher. Today, a college degree is far more attainable than it was in previous generations, and more importantly, it prepares you better to be successful in life. There is always the possibility that you may not become as successful as you had expected despite a college degree, but that is rare. Even if so, it may simply be that your chosen career path is not ideally suited to your skills. Or perhaps your current employer is not seeing the real value you bring to the job. or perhaps, you should be your own boss.
This is where we come in. We believe that you are a model of success. If you have a degree, you have an edge over 2/3 of the others out there also looking for work. Your college experience is valuable and we understand that because we once sat where you are sitting now, searching online for new opportunities. We sate there thinking: with all that I have accomplished, including a college degree I worked years on, why not me?
Collegiality, Collaboration, and Commitment
"These are principles that I live by. They represent the very best that academia has to offer and I want to carry this message beyond the classroom"
Dr. Marie Nubia-Feliciano
Founder & CEO of the Colégas Group
Who we are
The Colégas group was founded by Dr. Marie Nubia-Feliciano, faculty member at Chapman University, Michael Koetsier, alumnus of UC Irvine with over 25 years of experience working in the UC system, and Bruce Bradford, an expert developer with experience working at Apple and Blizzard Entertainment.
The Advisory Board
The Colégas Group is supported by an Advisory Board of highly successful academics, specialists, and visionaries whose insight into their unique fields fundamentally support the Colégas mission.
Programmers, Interns and Volunteers
The Colégas Group is supported by a team of programmers, interns, and volunteers who help with our development efforts and keep the project moving forward.
To read more about the team, click here.
Today, 1/3 of American
Workers are Gigsters
By 2025 1/2 of American
workers will be Gigsters
(or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gig Economy)
We started our campaign by asking people a simple question: "Are you a Gigster?" Most people who work for a large company or organization will say that they aren't. Most folks who work full-time don't see themselves as gigsters. Truth-be-told, we also didn't see ourselves as gigsters when we asked ourselves. However, the gig economy is closer to us all than we realize.
Many professionals already do part-time work on the side. Not all of it is paid, of course, but what about those side-hustles helping out at church or the PTA? What about when we bartered our computer skills with a neighbor who then offered to help us with that plumbing issue in the bathroom? Even when we then share this bartering experience online with our friends on Facebook? It turns out that all these constitute gigster-typical activities. Whether we realize it or not, we are all becoming gigsters because the changing technology all around us makes it so convenient.
Here is a sobering reality about being a gigster. Which one of us can still expect a pension from our employer? How many of us have saved enough for retirement? What if that retirement is a lot sooner than we had hoped? That side-gig could become quite a bit more important very quickly. If so, have you honed it to be your backup for your primary source of income?
Our children too, will enter a labor labor force that will be very different from our own. If current trends continue, by 2025 half of American workers will earn an income as gigsters. While unemployment is currently low, more and more 9-to-5 career jobs are also transitioning work to contractual and temporary status. Even those who have steady jobs, are still working on a contract instead of a salary. Many people today change jobs every few years. This is a new world and our children will enter a workforce where these realities are the norm.
At Colégas, we're not trying to paint a bleak picture, we are merely pointing out what is happening all around us. We understand that change is inevitable, so we choose to accentuate the positives, and there are many. We want collegiate gigsters to see these changes in that light as well. Ultimately, it is a new and exciting paradigm to harness.
By building on academic training and college degrees, collegiate gigsters are simply better equipped to harness that change. Yes, there are many other gigsters out there, some even doing well for themselves (think YouTubers), but even they have short-lived successes and risk becoming one-trick acts. What happens when that one trick becomes over-played or there are just too many copy-cat gigsters doing the same shtick?
Collegiate gigsters have more to offer than a single act. As such, they will be the ones to succeed in the gig economy.