A review of Flockjay as a sales bootcamp

Hi, I’m Alex! I’ve been working in sales for innovative startups like SoftBank Robotics and large corporations like NBC Universal for years. Now, I work as an industry mentor at Pathrise to help people land great sales jobs through workshops and 1-on-1 mentorship. Check out my review of Flockjay.

What does Flockjay do?

Flockjay is an online program that offers hands-on training for people looking to land a job in sales for tech. Those who enroll in the course meet Monday-Thursday from 5pm-8pm PST for 10 weeks.

Classes are live and require active participation. Instructors take attendance at each session. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the required sessions will not receive job-seeking assistance.

In addition to attending lectures, students participate in weekly office hours with their instructors and peers, submit weekly progress reports, and work with industry professionals on mastering real sales practice techniques. Throughout the program, they receive personalized feedback from their instructors and peers.

In the first 8 weeks, students focus on sales fundamentals, inbound & outbound sales, and technical sales software. They also learn how to research and discover potential buyers. The final 2 weeks of the program focus on preparing students for job applications and interview prep, resume building, and salary negotiation. In addition, they have the opportunity to network with partner companies that routinely hire Flockjay graduates. 

Who is Flockjay for?

If you have no prior experience in sales and you want to transition into the field, you can benefit from Flockjay. There is no education requirement or expectation that students have previous experience in sales.

What does Flockjay cost? How much work is involved?

Flockjay provides two tuition options to work with students’ financial needs. People can either pay upfront tuition or deferred tuition in installments after graduating the program (this is called their Deferred Tuition Agreement). Depending on where students live, these amounts may differ due to state regulations (see below). Students may also be eligible for a scholarship after submitting your application. For more information, see their FAQ.

If you live in any US state except CA, GA, TX, or Washington, DC:
Upfront tuition option: $6000
Deferred Tuition Agreement option: $425/month for 18 months, with payments beginning after graduation. You only pay if you are earning over $40,000. Once you have paid the full amount of $7,650, you will have satisfied your Deferred Tuition Agreement. Eligibility for this option may be subject to conditions of the Job Search Agreement after enrolling in Flockjay.

If you live in CA, GA, TX, or Washington, DC:
Upfront tuition option: $7,650
Deferred Tuition Agreement option: $425/month for 18 months, with payments beginning after graduation. You only pay if you are earning over $40,000. Once you have paid the full amount of $7,650, you will have satisfied your Deferred Tuition Agreement. Eligibility for this option may be subject to conditions of the Job Search Agreement after enrolling in Flockjay.

Students who withdraw from Flockjay before week 7 are eligible for a prorated refund. Additionally, students who withdraw before week 2 are eligible for a full refund.

To apply, candidates must fill out a brief online application with their email address and LinkedIn profile. After completing the application, students complete an interview with an enrollment officer. Once they are accepted, students select a financing option and begin the course.

Ratings and reviews

While there are not too many, online reviews of Flockjay are largely positive.

On CourseReport, students praised the job-seeking advice, the program’s commitment to diversity, the instruction, and the curriculum. A few weeks after graduation, multiple students had interviews and offers, with one student noting, “Within 10 days of graduation, I had interviews with 4 different companies. Within 2 weeks I had an offer letter signed with a company.” 

One reviewer pointed out that “the instructors are incredibly engaging, always prepared, and are always available and responsive on Slack.” That graduate also noted that Flockjay values diversity and that “the instructors do an excellent job of relaying the tech culture to those not in tech.” As the reviewer put it, “the team is diverse, has diverse investors, and celebrates students from diverse backgrounds.”  In fact, Forbes featured Flockjay in a recent article that lauded their contribution to diversifying the sales industry. 

But, one CourseReport reviewer warned that the program is demanding even though it is part-time. “Flockjay is a lot of work. Class is not simply a lecture. It is extremely interactive. You quickly learn how to do basic research in order to do sales roleplays.” That reviewer notes that the bootcamp is a “time commitment,” as there is “daily homework and weekend homework,” in addition to class time.

However, as one reviewer on Career Karma pointed out, the hard work pays off. Indeed, graduates leave the program with a “polished resume, polished LinkedIn page and growing network, 200+ hours of experience in the art and science of sales, tech sales interview practice, and three introductions to tech companies who are interested in interviewing you.”

Alternatives to Flockjay 

There are a number of alternative bootcamps and online resources for people who are interested in launching a career in sales for tech.

  • Like Flockjay, Prehired is a sales bootcamp. They also allow their students to finance their education through an ISA. Alternatively, check out Victory Lap, which is a live bootcamp.
  • SV Academy is a free sales bootcamp that pairs students with partner companies. Students who pay tuition, however, are not required to work with a partner company. 
  • Similarly, Aspireship is also a free option. This online sales bootcamp has courses for people interested in becoming an account executive at a SaaS company.
  • Vendition also offers free online courses in sales for tech, as well as job placement assistance for those looking to land an entry-level account executive position at an SaaS company. 
  • Alternatively, you can consider Always Hired. They are a sales bootcamp for people who are looking to land a job as a sales development representative (SDR) at a SaaS (software as sales) company.
  • Students can also consider Uvaro, which has a 12-week sales bootcamp and internship opportunities.
  • Similarly, Austin Sales Academy has a 5-week online course in sales.
  • Merit America is a nonprofit that teaches tech sales and software engineering to people without college degrees.
  • In addition, Re:work is a nonprofit sales training program that helps people launch careers in SaaS sales and other tech sales roles.
  • edX is one of the largest online learning platforms. They have courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • Likewise, School16 and GreenFig teach marketing, sales, and product management.
More alternatives
  • A tech bootcamp with full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses in a variety of topics, General Assembly is a good option for people looking to learn the basics and get a great job. Learn more about General Assembly
  • Similarly, GrowthX Academy has courses in sales, business development, product management, UX design, and growth marketing.
  • With free and paid options, Coursera is an online learning platform with courses that cover inbound sales techniques, including researching prospective clients.
  • Similarly, Udemy offers a free “break into software sales” course, which prepares students for entry-level software sales interviews. 
  • An online resource, Skillshare has free and paid courses in tech entrepreneurship and sales.
  • Or, consider CourseCareers, JBarrows Sales, Software Sales Gurus, or The Brooks Group, which teach online courses and workshops on a variety of sales topics.
  • Women who want to learn sales skills quickly can check out TalentMinded Women in Tech Sales Bootcamp, which lasts 5 days.
  • Likewise, SalesWise Academy is an online sales resource that offers sales training via podcasts, coaching, and live events to help people launch their sales careers.
  • Current and aspiring sales professionals can check out Winning by Design or Richardson Sales Performance, which teach courses for beginners and managers.
  • Another sales bootcamp option is Headstart Academy, which is online and self-paced. They also give a job guarantee to students.
  • You can also consider TechPoint Sales Bootcamp, which has short internship opportunities throughout the course.
  • In the same vein, students at Fuel Sales Academy work while learning and actually get paid during the program.

How does Flockjay compare to Pathrise?

Flockjay is a program for people who are looking to develop the necessary skills to land a sales job in tech. In addition to offering 1-on-1 mentorship, they provide guidance on resumes, LinkedIn optimization, interview preparation, and other components of the job search. 

Pathrise is a full service organization that helps people land the best job possible. Our mentors have experience on both sides of the hiring table and work 1-on-1 with fellows on each step of their job search, including resume & LinkedIn optimization, interview prep, salary negotiation, cold emailing, and reverse recruiting strategies. We personally tailor our curriculum to meet each fellow’s specific needs and career objectives.

Our program is flexible. There are only 4 hours of group sessions per week and fellows schedule 1-on-1 sessions as needed. The Pathrise income share agreement (ISA) means that fellows don’t pay anything until they start working at a new job they love and we never require upfront payments or deposits.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that helps people land their dream job in tech through 1-on-1 mentorship. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to get help with your technical and behavioral interviews or any other aspect of the job search, join Pathrise. 

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