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- Similarities and differences between Bloc and General Assembly
- Courses offered on Bloc and General Assembly
- Prices for Bloc and General Assembly
- Ratings and reviews of Bloc and General Assembly
- Alternatives to Bloc and General Assembly
- How do Bloc and General Assembly compare to Pathrise?
Similarities and differences between Bloc and General Assembly
- People can enroll in UX design courses in both programs.
- Both tech bootcamps provide online offerings.
- Students receive 1-on-1 support from career coaches, who provide guidance on resume building, interview prep, and more.
- Bloc only offers programs in web development and UX design.
- General Assembly has tracks in software engineering, UX design, data science, digital marketing, and product management.
- The courses offered by Bloc are online and take approximately 720-864 hours to complete. Most students finish the self-paced curriculum in 8 months.
- With one-day, part-time, and full-time options, General Assembly offers a wide range of courses, from 2-hour classes on HTML/CSS to 12-week software engineering bootcamps that meet Monday-Friday for 8 hours per day.
- Online General Assembly courses are held live.
Courses offered by Bloc and General Assembly
Both Bloc and General Assembly offer courses for aspiring UX designers and web developers:
- Designer Track
- Web Development Track
- Intro to Coding: HTML & CSS
- User Experience Design Immersive
- Intro to UX Design
- Introduction to User Research
- Design Thinking Bootcamp
Besides design and web dev courses, General Assembly also has offerings in software engineering, data science, digital marketing, and product management:
- Software Engineering Immersive
- SQL Training for Beginners
- Data Science Immersive
- E-commerce Workshop
- SEO for Beginners
- Product Manager Immersive
Prices for Bloc and General Assembly
At Bloc, the web dev and designer tracks cost $8,500 and $9,500 respectively. Those who pay upfront receive a $1,000 discount. Students are encouraged to finish the bootcamps in 8 months, and those who require an extension must pay an additional $1,200 per month.
General Assembly offers workshops, part-time courses, and full-time bootcamps. While some workshops (such as SQL Training for Beginners) are free, others cost up to $250. Part-time courses, which meet for up to 10 weeks, cost $750-$3,950. Full-time bootcamps, which run for 10-12 weeks, cost $13,500-$15,950, with the Software Engineering Immersive being the most expensive option.
Ratings and reviews of Bloc and General Assembly
Reviews for both bootcamps are mixed.
Bloc grads were disappointed that they did not have a dedicated mentor or grader, especially because they noted that staff changes occurred frequently, which made it difficult to accurately monitor their progress. Some people did not have enough time to complete the program in 8 months and needed to pay extra tuition. Others felt that the curriculum did not provide enough depth and said that they needed to supplement it with online learning tools, such as Codecademy.
Many General Assembly grads are successfully working in roles directly related to what they learned in their bootcamp. While some viewed the bootcamp favorably, others were frustrated with the speed of the curriculum and the instruction, with a few grads pointing out that many instructors were inexperienced. Self-starters and people who are willing to put in the work thrive at General Assembly.
Alternatives to Bloc and General Assembly
If you decide not to enroll in Bloc or General Assembly, there are quite a few bootcamps and online resources with courses in similar topics:
- If you are interested in taking classes through an online learning platform, check out Springboard or Udacity, both of which offer courses in design and a variety of other topics. Discover how Springboard and Udacity can help you advance your current tech skills in our program reviews.
- Similarly, Coursera, Pluralsight, egghead, and Simplilearn are online learning tools, with courses for furthering your knowledge in coding, design, and other topics.
- GrowthX Academy is an online bootcamp, with programs for people who are interested in UX design, as well as growth marketing, sales and business development. Read more about GrowthX Academy in our review of the program.
- Aspiring UX designers and software engineers can check out Kenzie Academy, a full-time tech bootcamp that offers in-person and online courses. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
- If you’re interested in taking an online product design bootcamp that is self-guided or instructor led, consider DesignerUp. Read about DesignerUp in our program review.
- Another option for aspiring designers is Designlab, an online bootcamp that teaches the necessary skills to land a job as an entry-level UX designer. See if Designlab meets your needs by reading our program review.
- For online bootcamps with web dev, UX design, and marketing tracks, check out Skillcrush and InternStreet.
- Tech bootcamps, BrainStation, Thinkful, and Flatiron School offer programs in software engineering, data science, and other fields.
- People who are thinking about financing their software engineering bootcamp tuition through an income share agreement (ISA) can check out Lambda School and Holberton School.
- If you are looking for a self-paced, online software engineering or web dev bootcamp, Covalence or Launch School are possible alternatives.
How do Bloc and General Assembly compare to Pathrise?
Bloc and General Assembly are tech bootcamps that teach people the necessary skills to land jobs as web developers, UX designers, software engineers, and more. While Bloc and General Assembly teach courses for people with no tech experience, fellows in the Pathrise program should already have a background in their field of interest so that they can participate fully in our industry workshops, pair programming sessions, and 1-on-1s, which prepare students for the questions they will see in their technical interviews.
A full service organization, Pathrise helps people land the best job possible. Our mentors, who have years of experience on both sides of the hiring table, provide 1-on-1 assistance on every component of the job search. Besides placing a great deal of emphasis on technical interview preparation, we support job-seekers on resume & portfolio building, cold emailing & reverse recruiting strategies, behavioral interview preparation, salary negotiation, and more. Fellows learn skills that can benefit them in future job searches as well.
Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview scores double.
If you are interested in working 1-on-1 with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, become a Pathrise fellow.