As told by Bloc Alumni, Mentors, and Program Coordinators
With different backgrounds, experiences, and jobs, 7 Alumni, 4 Mentors, and 2 of our Program Coordinators came together to share the best practices to ensure success.
Step 1: Make Sure Programming Is The Right Thing For You
We were surprised by how many students echoed this same advice: take the time to ensure you have a genuine interest in programming. One of the best ways to do this is to work through a free tutorial or the bootcamp’s prerequisites. Brittany speaks for the majority of our alums when she says:
Prospective students should make sure that coding is something they genuinely enjoy, and that it’s not just an option in order to get a job. If you really want to do this, you have to make sure you’ve taken some time to figure out whether or not it’s a good fit for you.
Getting started with some free tutorials can ensure you get the most out your time in the program. Before enrolling, Jay took this step and gained more confidence:
I did a couple online tutorials; this gave me enough of a foundation to really understand what I was getting into with Bloc, and to prevent any major surprises in the foundation stage of my apprenticeship.
Step 2: Leverage Your Program Coordinator
Not only will you have a Mentor by your side, but a Program Coordinator as well. Our Program Coordinators at Bloc serve as guidance counselors, and work with you to ensure a great experience.
The students who over-communicate their goals and when their struggling are consistently the most successful. Make sure me and your mentor know your goals for enrolling, and we will work with your Course Director and the mentor community to help make it happen.
It can be scary when you’re investing a whole bunch of money and time in something. Definitely speak up- it’s super important to reach out to your Program Coordinator to make sure you are continually getting exactly what you expected.