Meet Kristin Gonzalez, a Bloc Full Stack Web Development Grad
Before Bloc: English Teacher Abroad
After Bloc: Remote Software Engineer at SyncTree
Kristin is a global traveler and for the past five years she has lived in quite a few places, including Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, and Chile, teaching English and conducting corporate training. Completely new to programming, Kristin jumped into her Bloc Web Development Course with her mentor, Elad Meidar. Looking to completely shift her career without sacrificing her wanderlust, her goal is to land a remote development position to realize her dream of total location independence. Kristin was able to balance an internship while enrolled in her Full Stack course and landed a remote development position at SyncTree upon graduation!
Here’s what Kristin said about her Bloc experience:
What did you work on for your capstone project?
Kristin built a job board for developer positions specifically geared towards non-profit organizations called Conscious Coding.
How was your mentor experience?
When Kristin started out, “everything was so foreign. Sometimes reading documentation would leave my head spinning and I couldn’t grasp how to use it. [My mentor] Elad Meidar was then able to explain it. He knows so much!”
What was the best part of the Bloc experience?
“Those small moments of ‘getting it.’ I feel that now I can say I’m a developer.” Kristin recently went to a code conference and feels like she can, “talk about web development concepts” where maybe a year ago she wouldn’t have understood any of it. She says “that transition is great, so is getting faster at everything, and the way I approach things is different now. I’m better at gleaning information from resources.”
Advice for anyone who wants to learn to code, or who has just enrolled in a Bloc course?
Kristin advises new learners to start with the basics, and “figure out if it’s something that you really like. It’s something that is going to give you torment and lack of sleep and great highs, so it’s something that you have to enjoy. If you didn’t like building and creating things, the obstacles will make you want to quit.” She stresses that learning to program takes time and good developers have often been working on their craft for years. “You wouldn’t want to hire a dentist who only studied for 3 months.” Keep practicing, “if you don’t use it you lose it!”
How likely are you to recommend us to a friend?
Kristin says, “definitely I would recommend it…people learn in different ways, and Bloc is for people who are very disciplined and who can focus and be accountable.”