What studies to work in NFTs, cryptocurrencies and the metaverse?

The areas of cryptocurrency, NFTs and the metaverse have grown in importance. And the job prospects are promising. What studies do you need to do to work in these fields?

The bitcoin crack last May obviously panicked investors. Nevertheless, the question of following an education in cryptofinance seems less and less absurd as these virtual currencies are now well established. And the question also arises for NFTs, these certificates which attest to the value of a virtual good. In March 2021, a digital artwork sold for $69.3 million at Christie’s. As for the metaverse, Facebook (Meta) announced in October 2021 that it wanted to hire 10,000 highly qualified profiles in Europe to build its metaverse.

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Studies in engineering or business school

Is specific training required? Most often, the Grandes Ecoles offer training accessible to bac +3. This can be a specialized master’s or courses as part of a PGE (grande école program) oriented metaverse, cryptocurrency or NFT. “The design aspect, artificial intelligence, machine learning or even coding, is approached in engineering school, where students are trained and prepared for the deployment of these new technologies in digital engineering”, explains François Stéphan, director of the ECE. The Esilv also offers a fintech major. The university is no exception. Since 2019, the Sorbonne has offered a master’s degree in finance technology data.

For their part, business schools have for several years been offering courses in digital finance, known as “fintech”, where the concepts of cryptocurrency, blockchain, big data, and their applications in the banking and stock market sectors are taught. . “The objectives pursued are quite simple: to prepare our young people for this new commercial facet of the world of work, to provide them with technical skills enabling them to collaborate with engineers, and of course to encourage them to entrepreneurship” details Nathalie Janson, cryptocurrency specialist and professor at Neoma.

Facebook creates its school with Simplon

Recently however, schools 100% dedicated to these sectors are emerging. We can mention for example the opening in September 2022 of the Metaverse College. Belonging to the College of Paris, the establishment located in La Défense aims to train the developers, project managers and meta designers of tomorrow. For its founder and director, Ridouan Abagri, the school is a “bet on the future, while France remains the cradle of the metaverse”. The school offers a curriculum starting from the 3rd year, and focuses on the applications of the metaverse in the current professional landscape: AI, the luxury market and digital marketing, datascience or even metaheritage. As for Meta, the Facebook group announced in June the launch of a “metaverse academy” in France for an opening scheduled for the start of the 2022 school year with the Simplon code school. The school hopes to recruit 30% of women, without condition of diploma.

In schools, entrepreneurs are also in the starting blocks. Clément Fagette, 22, is an engineering student at the Ecole Mines-Nancy and co-founder with David Fereres of the Deep-Future collective. This project, whose activity consists of creating works of art in a procedural way and then converting them into NFTs, thanks to the support and funding of the school. “Even though these themes may still be subject to doubt and mistrust, the school has been listening”says Clement.

Opportunities in all sectors

In terms of outlets, there is plenty to do. According to François Stephan, these new technologies are “the engineering of the 21st century”. Whether in finance, art or digital marketing, whether in a start-up or a large group, these skills are increasingly in demand. So we recruit developers, meta designers and data architects from all over the place. And that’s just the beginning. “We will gradually integrate NFTs into daily utility,” says Clément Fagette. “Bitcoin has been a real revolution in the global financial system,” adds Nathalie Janson. Especially since we will find NFTs, metaverses and cryptocurrencies in more and more different fields: in real estate with the use of “digital twins”, in administration via virtual identity documents and secured by blockchain, or even through supply of all kinds, where the authenticity and compliance with certain criteria of goods can be checked in the form of NFT.

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