I’m interested in pursuing a career in the tech industry, but I don’t have any tech experience. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, definitely! Our partners are looking to fill both technical and non-technical roles so prior tech experience is not required. What is required is a passion for the industry and the drive to make the most of the opportunities BreakLine provides.
I am a veteran and have already transitioned. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes! BreakLine works with individuals who are currently transitioning, as well as veterans who have already separated and transitioned into a post-military role and are now looking to make a pivot into the tech industry.
I was able to find a tech job, but I would love to find a role with BreakLine. Can you still help me?
Yes! BreakLine also works with people who are already working in tech and are now looking to make the next jump in their career.
I just enrolled in an MBA program. Can I still apply for BreakLine?
BreakLine is focused on full-employment, and it is therefore best to apply when you are ready to kickstart your career search. If you are enrolled in a 2-year MBA program, we recommend applying to BreakLine the summer before your final year.
How large are the cohorts for each program?
Our cohorts are typically between 20-25 people.
What happens after the program ends?
BreakLine sticks with you every step of the way! After the program ends, we will continue to work with you until you accept an offer. Once you’re a BreakLiner, you’re always a BreakLiner!
What is the recommended timeline for applying to a BreakLine program?
We recommend applying to BreakLine as soon as you have identified tech as the next step in your career. We typically start working with participants when they are approximately 3-6 months from their separation from the military or their earliest possible start date. The typical tech hiring cycle takes 6-8 weeks from phone screen to offer, and can often take longer. You want to allow yourself time to build your professional network and explore all available opportunities.
What does your application process look like?
The first step is an online application form consisting of four essay questions and a short video introducing yourself. If you are invited to the next round, the BreakLine team will reach out to you to schedule a video interview and you will be asked to submit contact information for two professional references. Your references will be asked to complete a short online recommendation form. After your interview, it typically takes between 2-4 weeks for the admissions team to reach out to you with a decision.
Why do you ask for a video recording as part of the application process?
We ask that you record yourself while answering the question “Tell me a little bit about yourself and why you want to work with BreakLine” because this is an opportunity for us to get to know you better. It is also good practice because “Tell me about yourself” is the first question most recruiters & hiring managers ask you in an interview. Your video does not need to be professional or of high video quality, we are focused on the content of your answer.
Partners & Opportunities
What types of companies does BreakLine partner with?
We partner with top tech companies! You can see a list of our partners here.
What types of roles do BreakLiners find through the program?
We work with participants on an individual basis to help them identify the best areas of focus within the tech industry. Our BreakLiners are in a range of roles, including product management, program management, customer success, sales, people operations, and technical roles, among others. You can see ~60 examples of success stories under the Meet Our BreakLiners section on our homepage.
What level are the roles BreakLine connects participants to?
We match our participants with opportunities that are commensurate with their experience and skill level. We work with entry, mid-, and senior-level participants.
Are the roles offered through BreakLine partners exclusively in Silicon Valley?
BreakLine’s partners are hiring across the U.S. The majority of these opportunities are located in established tech hubs, including the Bay Area, Austin, and Washington, D.C., as well as smaller, emerging tech hubs such as Denver, Seattle, and New York City. Additionally, some of our partner companies offer remote roles.
How long does it typically take people to get hired after the program?
Though it varies from participant to participant, the average timeline for hiring within the tech space tends to be about 2 months from initial phone screen to offer. Many factors influence this timeline, including both the company’s process and timeline for the specific role you are interviewing for and your availability.
How does BreakLine’s process and the opportunities with its partners differ from those offered by my MBA program’s career services office?
BreakLiners who have earned their MBAs have shared with us that the opportunities presented by their career centers are often catered to the “typical” early career graduates with salaries reflective of that level.
Breakline is focused on education for employment – we take a holistic approach to your career search to help you find the best fit and then provide you with the tools to land a role in tech. BreakLine helps our participants land roles that are commensurate with their experience and potential.
Additionally, MBA students in programs on the east coast have found that BreakLine is a great opportunity to build your network in tech on the west coast as alumni networks on the east coast tend to be heavily concentrated in the consulting & finance industries.
Does BreakLine require exclusivity?
No, BreakLine does not require exclusivity. As a participant, there is no obligation to accept an offer from one of our partner companies. We believe our participants should explore all available opportunities during their transition. Our team will work with you closely as you prepare for interviews and navigate opportunities, regardless of whether they are with a BreakLine partner. When it’s time to accept an offer, you should feel confident that you are making the best choice for you and your family. Your success is our success, and we want you to land and accept a role that you’re excited about. Now is not the time to settle!