Hi all, Bloc Designer Track graduate here. Let me start out by saying that I graduated September of last year, it’s now May and I still haven’t found a job; and have experienced a series of rejections. That being said, Bloc teaches you an amazing amount of content in a relatively short amount of time. The mentorship was hands down the most positive thing for me.
I do have one very big issue though and it wasn’t made abundantly clear before signing up: upon completion you will not be provided with a certification… not even a PDF with your name saying you completed the course. When I inquired about this, I was told that I can now call myself a Bloc graduate on my resume. I’m not sure if this has changed since.
I was very disappointed in this for a number of reasons: one, this is one of the most expensive courses available. I expected to have something physical to hang on my wall at the very least after paying so much money. Two, I moved to Europe, and it seems to me, that certifications (especially degrees) hold a LOT more value here than experience does; in fact, I’m fairly certain I was passed up by some jobs without even a phone screen because of my lack of a bachelor’s degree.
My last interview left me feeling quite defeated and left me questioning my UX knowledge as I was hammered with all sorts of technical questions as well as who my “heroes” were in the world of UX and I wasn’t able to drop any names on the spot. I’m now considering going back to University to finish my degree. While I would in no way consider my time at Bloc a waste, I think the fact that some companies WILL pass up on your CV if you don’t have a bachelor’s degree is definitely something to be considered.
Their Slack environment is extremely helpful and participation by students and mentors, even directors is daily.
My experience with my mentor was positive. He was extremely knowledgeable and seemed to care about my success.
At the time of my enrollment, students received 2-3 practice projects, and then 2-3 actual projects to add to your portfolio.
You have lifetime access to your “roadmap” so you can easily research concepts or redo projects. You also have access to the Slack channels.
No physical certification.
It’s expensive, although I think it’s gone down since I graduated.
If you have zero experience with frontend development, you WILL have a ton of trouble completing the Frontend course.
Take away: If I still lived in Seattle, I would hands down recommend Bloc. But now living in Europe, I kind of wish I just spent 3 years getting a degree instead.