Bloc Alumni Spotlight: From English Lit Professor to Technical Content Creator at Compose


Abdullah Alger, Full Stack alum, recently landed a job as a Technical Content Creator at Compose – a company under IBM. Previous to Bloc, Abdullah was a Medieval English Lit Professor. We asked Abdullah a few questions about his Bloc experience.

Bloc: What were you doing before Bloc?
Abdullah: I was a professor of medieval English literature.
Bloc: Why did you end up taking Bloc?
Abdullah: I was interested in web development since the late 90s. I knew HTML and CSS and made websites for fun. In 2014, I decided to try to learn a programming language because I was interested writing programs. I didn’t know how to do it, or where to start. I also thought that I might want to do it as a career if I liked it, or incorporate a new skill in order to branch out of my field and into digital humanities. I looked at other bootcamps on the internet, but I had a full-time job and could not commit to spending three months away from a job. Therefore, Bloc was perfect for me because it provides mentorship as well as a flexible bootcamp to learn how to become a software engineer. For me, the mentorship was a key factor to enroll because I could have some guidance and accountability.
Bloc: How did taking Bloc change your life?
Abdullah: While my job is not 100% in software development, it uses my former skills of writing and my new passion software development. I will be able to write code, use cloud-based technology and databases, and tell other developers how to gain the benefits of the technology. It is a step in the right direction for me since I am now working in the technology industry. At the same time, I work for a great company with a long history of developing new technologies. Since I work at IBM, they sky is just the beginning of my journey and I hope to gain the skills in order to become an expert in my new career, and keep moving forward!
Bloc: Which project are you most proud of?


At Bloc, we’re driven to help individuals change their lives by transitioning into careers they’re passionate about. We offer mentor-led online programs comparable to in-person bootcamps. To check out the programs we offer, go here.

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