According to the Department of Labor, the demand for developers will increase 30% in the next 20 years. The growth in demand for web developers continues to outstrip the number of new computer science graduates entering the workforce. The gap between supply and demand is projected to continue growing, and by some estimates this gap will amount to 1 million more jobs than graduates by 2020. Bloc has been working to fill that gap, and today is the world’s largest online bootcamp. By offering our program online, hundreds of our bootcamp grads have been able to switch careers without sacrificing their day jobs.
Today we’re formalizing a new feature of our online bootcamp. In addition to world-class developer training, starting today Bloc will offer a two-week Job Prep Phase after graduation, where students will work with our Talent Director 1-on-1 to prepare to enter a new field. And we’re not just offering job prep for new Bloc students; we’re also offering it to all our alumni and current students, starting with our Full Stack Web Dev alums.
There are three areas that the Job Prep Phase will cover.
Learn What Employers Look For
- Learn the motivations and key factors that are important to employers.
- How to build a great internet reputation by leveraging Github, Stack Overflow, LinkedIn, Quora and more.
- Create a portfolio and resume that stand out and get you noticed.
The Hiring Process
- What should you expect when searching for developer jobs? We’ve curated the best advice from our network of over 75 professional developers in our mentor community.
- Learn how to effectively communicate and network with employers. We’ll show you how to build bridges to maximize opportunities and create a great professional network.
- We’ll provide you with real questions and suggested answers from some of the toughest companies to interview with.
- Conduct a 30-minute mock phone interview, and get detailed feedback.
- You’ll get two in-depth 1-hour technical interview practices with our Talent Director, and receive detailed feedback on how to improve your answers.
- How to handle objections, rejection, and salary negotiation.
Questions & Answers
What happens after the Bloc Apprenticeship is over?
After the core program ends students enter the Job Prep Phase, a two week intensive career prep program to help you land your first job as a junior developer. You’ll spend two weeks after graduation working with 1-on-1 with our Talent Director as you prepare to land a job.
The Career Phase curriculum covers:
- Learn What Employers Look For
- How to authentically craft your online presence via your portfolio, GitHub, LinkedIn, resume.
- The Hiring Process
- What should you expect when recruiting for developer jobs? We’ve collected the best advice from our network of over 100 mentors.
- Learn how to effectively communicate and network with employers.
- Technical Interviews
- Example Questions and Answers
- A 30-Minute Mock Phone Screen
- Two In-depth 1-Hour Mock Interviews with Coaching
- How to handle objections, rejection, and salary negotiation
Are you guaranteeing me a job?
Nope, just world-class training. Unlike some bootcamps who graduate one cohort at a time, and have only graduated a handful of cohorts in their history, we’ve had students graduating every week for nearly three years, which has given us a lot of time to iterate on our approach and curriculum, to ensure you are job-ready. Our Talent Director will work with you to get prepared, and introduce you to recruiters, but there are no guarantees. For examples of alumni who have put in the work and found success, check out our alumni page.
Does Bloc take a percentage of my income when I get a job?
No, we don’t take any of your income. And we don’t take any placement fees if you get a job through one of our introductions.
How long will it take me to find a job?
This varies from student to student. It can take anywhere from one week to six months post-graduation. While the Bloc Career Services team is dedicated to assisting you in your job search, it is ultimately up to you to find and land a junior development position.