Hola Code is a 5-month immersive software engineering and job-placement bootcamp in Mexico City aimed at returned migrants, refugees, and deportees from the United States. Led by an experienced team of SF engineers and international edtech mentors, graduates of the program are skilled software engineers with world-class curriculum powered by Hack Reactor. Hola Code also offers in-house specializations in UX/UI (powered by Wizeline Academy) and in Cloud Computing (powered by AWS).
The program is designed around market demands and student needs, including a weekly stipend, job readiness, deferred tuition payment, competitive student loans, daycare, psychological support and counseling support. Students also receive job-placement support, including career coaching, talent-placement, and access to the program's network of 42 hiring partners from Argentina to the U.S. Tuition is based on success with a focus on outcomes (job placement).
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HolaCode is more than a bootcamp, it is a training centre for future software engineers ... This bootcamp is not only looking for your talent but brings the best out of you. It gave me lifelong tools, provided all kind of assistance and made me grow personally and professionally. There is something very important about this bootcamp, yes it gave the best software engineering skills, but also it taught me important values and made me feel part of a family, a community and a society I can contribute to. Moreover, HolaCode helped me to work together as a team because everything could be achieved easily. During my time in Holacode I focused 100% to become a software engineer, for 5 months I worked, I ate and I dreamt code. The high standards and excellent technical level made my integration into the labour sector in Mexico and the in the world easy.
I am currently working as a Software Engineer in Yalo (www.yalochat.com). I am DevOps Engineer and I do believe I have found my passion and HolaCode has allowed me to become what I always wanted to be. Thanks to that, I keep learning and working with Facebook and Whatsapp engineers taking world-class challenges. HolaCode saved my life and gave me back a lot of what I had lost and they can do it for you too.
Hola-code is a life changing program.mind changing, And the best learning experience I have ever had in my life the people I meet there are part of my family and my community the five months on the program prepare me to gain the skill to face the world out there and the challenges that software development will bring and I can proudly say that those skills and that mind changing adventure is thanks to this bootcamp I am ready for a bright feature and a continue learning experience
A combination of excitement and nerves fueled me towards my start date as I didn’t know whether or not these sentiments were purely fabrications. As I enter week eight of my coding bootcamp experience, I can assure you that these people did not exaggerate.
Coding bootcamps are difficult by design due to the short amount of time available to transfer a massive amount of programming knowledge into your brain, but I’ve found some things that will make the experience more manageable and enjoyable from the start.
Understand when to call it a night
Each day had what felt like an endless amount of assignments, and I worked around 16 hours a day for the first couple of weeks trying to finish everything assigned by the end of each night. Needless to say, I felt physically horrible. After getting stressed out to nearly feeling like I was going to lose my lunch the day of presenting our first projects (I was having issues making an API call with minutes left before presenting), I decided I couldn’t do that to myself anymore.
There will always be more work to do, but it’s extremely important to get enough rest throughout the process. Also, if you exercise regularly, it’s definitely a good idea to keep that going too. Your brain, body, and code will thank you later.
Ask for help when needed
This one sounds obvious, but it bears mentioning. You’ve paid a lot of money for this experience, and it’s not productive to waste hours on an issue that you can receive assistance on.
You absolutely want to develop strong researching and critical thinking skills. However, your mentors and classmates are around you for a reason. Some people suggest not spending more than 20 minutes on one problem. At that point, consider having another set of eyes look at the problem. I tried figuring everything out own my own in the first couple of weeks, but I eventually learned to utilize my resources. No shame in getting help!
Learn how to use Git branches
Learning how to use Git branches can prevent you from experiencing deep, gut-wrenching heartbreak. I had done my share of Git tutorials, but it wasn’t until having to use Git branches with a team that I finally understood how to use this powerful system.
I used to edit everything on the master branch in a project. Anytime I got to a point where my code was all messed up and I couldn’t undo my way back to half-decent code, I would start over... This happened 6 times on my first project which wasted an incredible amount of time and added loads of stress.
Now, I rarely ever work directly on the master branch. If there is a specific feature that I want to work on, I’ll create a branch named after that feature and work on that separate branch (pushing often in case I need to go back to a previous version). Once that feature is finished, you can then merge it with the master branch. Feel free to reach out to me if none of that makes sense and you would like to avoid curling up in fetal position in a pool of your own tears because you’ve started over for the 10th time.
Last but not least, don’t neglect socializing.
There will be many times when a group is going out to eat or a classmate wants to play ping pong and you’ll feel like you have way too much work to even think about stepping away from the computer. Remember, there will always be more work to do, and you need to take breaks. Also, whether it’s for social or career purposes, it’s great building up a strong network. You’ll enjoy the experience more with friends, and your classmates and mentors very well may help you get a job in the future.
At the end of the day (or hola code cohort rather), you are there to become job ready, so you’ll want to be building up your network throughout the process. Meetups are great way to do this too. Find me and I'll personally share those links.
God Bless Hola Code!!!
Hola Code is a life changing opportunity that gives you the tools to be successful in the tech sector. The staff is very knowledgeable, helpful and engaged in helping you acheive success. After there 5 month course and can proudly say that im a Software Engineer in Globant Mexico City!
This experience helped me to change my mind set and logical way of thinking, I became autonomous and can learn how to use new tools and framework in just a couple of days.
Hola-code has a strong community in which you don't only meet mates and mentors, you become part of a family.
Ambient, people and curriculum are great!
Joining Hola Code is one of the best decisions I've made.
There is no imatation. Live the experience in becoming a in demand SoftWare Engineer from start to finish and gain the culture in broadening your horizons.
This is the best place to learn about yourself. Your gaining the skills to become a SoftWare Engineer and also how to have a bettter prespective in having solutions in life.
This has been life changing for me, being able to have no idea about programming nor being able to speak like a programmer, to being able to create web applications or programms that give me the ablity to keep growing and being able to work in a company that not only takes care of me but helps me grow everyday.
The Mentors and Staff will help you along your journey and will not give up on you. They will become your rock while you push yourself in completing the bootcamp. There amazing people that you can open up too and will help you in anyway possible. They will give you the tools you need to become a SoftWare Engineer and believe in yourself.
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