What are the studies for working in NFT, cryptocurrencies and the metaverse?

The areas of cryptocurrency, NFT and the metaverse have become more important. And the prospects for employment are encouraging. What research do you need to go through to work in these areas?

The hacking of bitcoin in May last year apparently panicked investors. However, the question of obtaining education in the field of cryptocurrency seems less and less absurd, as these virtual currencies are now well established. There is also the question of NFT, these certificates that confirm the value of the virtual product. In March 2021, the digital work of art was sold at Christie’s for $ 69.3 million. As for the metacospace, Facebook (Meta) announced in October 2021 that it wants to hire 10,000 highly qualified profiles in Europe to create its metauniverse.

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Studying at an engineering or business school

Do you need special training? Most Grandes Ecoles offer training available for bac +3. This can be a specialized master’s program or courses as part of the metaverse, cryptocurrency or PGE-oriented NFT (grande école program). “The design, artificial intelligence, machine learning, or even coding aspects of the engineering school are where students learn and prepare to deploy these new technologies in digital engineering.”, explains François Stefan, Director of the EEC. Esilv also offers a specialty fintech. The university is no exception. Since 2019, the Sorbonne offers a master’s degree in financial technology.

For their part, business schools have been offering digital finance courses, known as fintech, for several years, which teach the concepts of cryptocurrency, blockchain, big data and their application in the banking and stock sectors. “The goals are quite simple: to prepare our young people for this new commercial aspect of the world of work, to provide them with technical skills that will enable them to work with engineers, and, of course, to encourage them to become entrepreneurs.” more Natalie Janson, cryptocurrency specialist and professor Neoma.

Facebook is building its own school with Simplon

However, recently there are schools that are 100% dedicated to these sectors. We can mention, for example, the opening in September 2022 of Metaverse College. Belonging to the Collège de Paris, the La Defense facility aims to train tomorrow’s developers, project managers and meta-designers. For its founder and director, Riduan Abaghri, the school is “a bet for the future, and France remains the cradle of the metaverse.” The school offers a curriculum starting in the 3rd year and focuses on the application of the metacospace in the current professional landscape: AI, luxury market and digital marketing, data science or even metaheritage. As for the Goal, the Facebook group announced in June the launch of the Meta Universe Academy in France for the opening, scheduled for the beginning of the 2022 school year with the Simplon School of Codes. The school hopes to recruit 30% of women without diploma conditions.

In schools, entrepreneurs are also on the starting blocks. Clement Fagette, 22, is an engineering student at the Ecole Mines-Nancy and co-founded with Deep-Future’s David Ferreres. This is a project whose work is to create works of art in a procedural way and then turn them into NFT, thanks to the support and funding of the school. “Even though these topics are still in doubt and mistrust, the school is listening.”says Clement.

Opportunities in all areas

As for outlets, there is something to do. According to François Stefano, these new technologies are “21st century engineering”. In finance, art or digital marketing, whether in a startup or in a large group, these skills are in increasing demand. That’s why we recruit developers, meta-designers and data architects from all over the world. And this is just the beginning. “We will gradually integrate NFT into day-to-day utility,” says Clement Fagette. “Bitcoin has become a real revolution in the global financial system,” adds Natalie Janson. Especially since we find NFT, metapoems and cryptocurrencies in an increasing number of different industries: in real estate using “digital twins”, in administration through identity documents and protected by blockchain, or even through the supply of all kinds, where Authenticity and the product’s compliance with certain criteria can be checked in the form of NFT.