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How to succeed with a flexible schedule

July 18, 2022

BloomTech’s courses now adapt to your schedule so you can learn part-time, full-time, any time! Whether you’re raising a family, working full-time, looking for a first career, aiming to change careers, or juggling an inconsistent schedule—we can train you for a well-paying tech job! Read on to find out how.

Think back to your most recent experience with school. I’m betting you had a set schedule, with classes you had to attend at a certain time on a given day—or else. If you got sick or had a family emergency, you were responsible for making up the missed material. Your grades might have suffered if you couldn’t attend every class.

Sound familiar? 

There’s a huge problem with learning this way: It doesn’t work for most people. Old-fashioned school doesn’t take into account that students have lives outside of class, that things come up, that real people need flexibility. That’s why we designed a better way to learn—and to get trained for a great tech job.

At BloomTech, we know exactly what you need to learn to prepare for a well-paying job in tech. We’ve designed a way to train you in those skills so you have control over when you attend classes

You can learn part-time if you have a limited number of hours to take classes. You can learn full-time if you can dedicate a lot of time to learning. You can learn in the morning, afternoon, evening, and on weekends. We’re offering more live instruction than ever, plus a library of on-demand video lessons, so you can continue your learning literally any time.

You get to decide how fast or slow to move through the material—so BloomTech works on your schedule, no matter what that schedule is

Truly flexible courses

Unlike just about every other school or bootcamp, at BloomTech, you don’t have to choose a full-time or part-time course. 

Wait, what? Didn’t we just say that you can learn part-time or full-time?

Yes! That’s because BloomTech courses are flexible, allowing you to take classes, practice your skills, and get support on any schedule

Most schools are like a train: You buy a ticket and get on, moving at a set speed—regardless of whether that’s a good speed for you. BloomTech is more like a customizable tour bus. You can go slower or faster as needed. You can circle back to a site you visited earlier. You can speed through one area, then slow down and really soak in another destination.

This is education for real people with real lives. We adjust to you.

So if you work, take care of family members, have an inconsistent schedule, or want to dedicate yourself to graduating as soon as possible—BloomTech will work for you. 

This design goes to the core of why we as a company exist. At BloomTech, we see the potential in a diverse range of people with differing backgrounds and circumstances. (For example, more than half our learners don’t have a college degree, and nearly 40% identify as a racial group underrepresented in the tech industry. See more in our Diversity Report.) We’re here to unlock that potential so they can build a better future through a great tech career. 

“The demographic of people who come to BloomTech really was a mixed bag. I didn’t find that there was a one-size-fits-all student. Everyone comes with their own set of expectations and needs,” remembers Aaron Johnson, who graduated from our Full Stack Web Development course and is now a software engineer. “It's just great that this program can still be useful and can cater to all of those different types of people. I think everyone—no matter who they are, where they come from in the world, or what type of experience they have—can benefit from having enrolled in BloomTech.

Learn when it works for you

Whether or not you own a Peloton bike or tread, you’re probably familiar with this fitness phenomenon. The idea behind Peloton is that you get a stationary bike or treadmill for your home, then join live or recorded classes.

You can think about BloomTech like that, except instead of strengthening your muscles, you’re strengthening your skills to launch a tech career.

With BloomTech, you can choose from live courses offered 7 days a week, including evenings. When you join is up to you. No matter what sprint you’re working through, you can find multiple live classes that will teach you the skills you need, every week.

Your course curriculum also includes on-demand lessons, which you can watch and learn from any time. These are comparable to the recorded classes on Peloton. Just like BloomTech’s live sessions, our on-demand classes are led by experts, are interactive, and teach you what you need for your future tech job. Again, you get to choose when to learn.

You’ll always know what to learn next

Let’s extend the fitness idea further. The comparison to Peloton helps you understand how flexible our courses are. We don’t stop there, though. We guide you every step of the way—like a personal trainer.

In the fitness world, a personal trainer designs a workout routine that helps you reach your goals. When you work with a personal trainer, you never get to the gym unsure of what you should do. BloomTech is like that, too. 

You’re never left wondering, “How will I know what classes to take?” Your course dashboard knows exactly where you are in the curriculum, and you can see at a glance what is required to move forward. All the classes and projects in a sprint teach you the skills to pass the sprint challenge and assessment, so you can move on to the next sprint. 

Some classes are recorded and available to watch any time; others are offered live multiple times a week so you can take them at your convenience. We strongly encourage you to attend them, but attendance is not required. You get to decide if and when you want to attend. (Plus you can retake classes as many times as you like!) 

The bottom line: You’ll always know what to work on next. It’s up to you when you learn.  

Learning at BloomTech part-time

We designed this new approach to online learning in part because of how many people wanted to join BloomTech—but couldn’t make a rigid full-time schedule work. Maybe that’s you, too. You might be

  • A parent caring for your family
  • An employee who wants to make a career change while working 
  • A gig worker whose schedule varies day to day

Let’s say you’re a stay-at-home parent raising young children. With BloomTech, you can spend your days with your kids—then spend evenings and weekends learning web development, backend development, or data science. We’re not talking only asynchronous courses, either, or the lonely job of trying to teach yourself to code. Nope—our courses are interactive and include daily opportunities to learn live with expert instructors and other learners. You also get to build community with other people excited to launch tech careers through things like networking events, study halls, and group projects built for real clients.

What’s more, our courses adapt to your life. Let’s continue with this parent example. Perhaps your kids spend a week with their grandparents or at a sleepaway camp. During that time, you could accelerate your learning. You could attend classes and work on projects during the day, moving quickly through the material and gaining in-demand tech skills. Then, when your kids return, you could go back to learning in the evenings and on weekends. You’re not locked into a set schedule; you learn when it works for your life. 

The same goes for if you’re working and want to learn part-time. At BloomTech, we empower you to learn before work, after work, and everything in between. You can continue working and learn at the same time!

If you work during the day, learn in the evenings. If you work nights, learn in the afternoon. If you pick up shifts at different times on different days, not a problem! You can take a class on Monday morning, Wednesday evening, and Saturday afternoon, then mix it up the following week. You’re not committed to a strict schedule. You’re in control. 

Flexible courses enabled BloomTech graduate and mom to start a new career as a data scientist. Watch this video to hear her story. 

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Learning at BloomTech full-time

When you think of a full-time program, you probably imagine traditional—and outdated—school schedules. In the old way, you’d sign up for a class and be tied to it for a whole semester. If you missed a class, you’d be on your own to figure out the material you missed, or even be at risk for failing the class. If you wanted to move faster, you were stuck. No accelerating through the syllabus: You had to go at a predetermined pace.

If this rigid schedule doesn’t work for you, you’re not alone. That’s why at BloomTech, we empower you to move through our courses at a speed that you want, on a schedule that works for you.

Let’s say you want to gain the skills necessary for your dream tech career ASAP. You can dedicate the time to taking classes throughout the week, building projects, and completing assignments. With our flexible courses, nothing is holding you back.

At BloomTech, your progress is competency-based, meaning you'll move forward as soon as you fully understand the material and can apply your newly learned skills to real world projects. You can move through sprints as quickly as you can gain the necessary skills.

In fact, if you’re joining BloomTech with some coding skills already, you may be able to progress even faster. Since our curriculum is competency-based, you could go straight to the sprint challenge and assessment, which gauge your understanding of the sprint’s content, without taking all the sprint’s classes. (Remember, attendance is strongly recommended but not required.) That way, you’re not “forced” to sit through classes covering material you already understand. You can go straight to the topics you need to learn.

We’re focused on teaching you the skills you need for your dream job in tech; you’re in charge of when you learn those skills. 

Are you ready to launch your tech career—on your own schedule? Apply today!