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Ironhack

Avg Rating:4.89 ( 723 reviews )

Ironhack offers 9-week, full-time and 24-week, part-time web development, UX/UI design, and data analytics bootcamps in Miami, Florida; Madrid and Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France; Mexico City, Mexico; and Berlin, Germany. Ironhack uses a customized approach to education by allowing students to shape their experience based on personal goals. Students who graduate from the Web Development Bootcamp will be skilled in technologies like JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. The UX/UI program covers Design Thinking, Photoshop, Sketch, Balsamiq, InVision, and JavaScript. Data Analytics covers data wrangling/cleaning, APIs, web scraping, and intermediate topics in Git, MySQL, Python, Data visualization, Panda, and Machine Learning.

The admissions process for each program includes submitting a written application, a personal interview, and then a technical interview.

Throughout each Ironhack program, students will get help navigating career development through interview prep, enhancing digital brand presence, and networking opportunities. Students will have a chance to delve into the tech community with Ironhack events, workshops, and Meetups. With more than 1,000 graduates, Ironhack has an extensive global network of alumni and partner companies. Graduates of Ironhack will be well-positioned to find a job as a web developer or UX/UI designer upon graduation as all students have access to career services to prepare them for the job search and facilitating interviews in their city's local tech ecosystem.

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  • Data Analytics Bootcamp (Full-time)

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    Location
    Madrid, Paris
    This course enables students to become a Full Fledged Data Analyst in 9 weeks. Students will develop practical skills useful in the data industry. Ramp-up pre-work and learn intermediate topics of data analytics using Pandas and data engineering to create a data application using real datasets. You'll also learn to use Python and Business Intelligence. Through the bootcamp you will learn by doing projects combining data analytics and programming. Ironhack's Data Analytics Bootcamp is meant to help you secure a spot in the data industry. However, the most important skill that students will take away from this course is the ability to learn. Technology is fast-moving and ever-changing.
    Financing
    Deposit
    750€
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic programming knowledge
    Prep Work
    40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level at the next module.
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
  • UX/UI Design Bootcamp (Full-Time)

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    HTML, User Experience Design, CSS
    In PersonFull Time50 Hours/week9 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $6,500
    Class size
    16
    Location
    Miami, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City
    This 8 week immersive course is catered to beginners with no previous design or technical experience. Students will be taught the fundamentals of User Centered Design and learn to validate ideas through user research, rapid prototyping & heuristic evaluation. The course will end with a capstone project where students will take a new product idea from validation to launch. By the end of the course, students will be ready to start a new career as a UX Designer, Freelance or turbo charge their current professional trajectory.
    Financing
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    N/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    None.
    Prep Work
    The Pre-work is a 40 hours self-guided content that will help you to understand basic UX/UI Design concepts and it will make you design your first works in Sketch and Flinto.
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
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  • UX/UI Design Bootcamp (Part-Time)

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    Design, Product Management, User Experience Design, CSS
    In PersonPart Time16 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $7,500
    Class size
    20
    Location
    Miami, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Mexico City
    The UX/UI Design Part-time course meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with additional online coursework over a period of 6 months. Students will be taught the fundamentals of User Centered Design and learn to validate ideas through user research, rapid prototyping & heuristic evaluation. The course will end with a capstone project where students will take a new product idea from validation to launch. By the end of the course, students will be ready to start a new career as a UX Designer, Freelance or turbo charge their current professional trajectory.
    Financing
    Deposit
    750€ or 9,000$MXN
    Financing
    Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. Skills Fund + Climb Credit
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic programming skills, basic algorithms and notions of object oriented programming.
    Prep Work
    40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level when the course begins/
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
  • Web Development Bootcamp (Full-time)

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    In Person
    Start Date
    None scheduled
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    Location
    Amsterdam, Miami, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City
    This course enables students to design and build full stack JavaScript web applications. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming, with a big emphasis on battle-tested patterns and best practices. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to evaluate a problem and select the optimal solution using the language/framework best suited for a project’s scope. In addition to technical skills, the course will train students in how to think like a programmer. Students will learn how to deconstruct complex problems and break them into smaller modules. However, the most important skill that students will take away from this course is the ability to learn. Technology is fast-moving and ever-changing. A good programmer has a general understanding of the various programming languages and when to use them. A great programmer understands the fundamental structure and possesses the ability to learn any new language when required.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1000
    Financing
    Monthly instalments available for 12, 24, 36 months (Quotanda)
    Scholarship
    $1,000 Scholarship for women.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic programming knowledge
    Prep Work
    40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level at the next module.
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
  • Web Development Bootcamp (Part-Time)

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    AngularJS, MongoDB, HTML, JavaScript, Express.js, Node.js, Front End
    In PersonFull Time13 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date
    September 21, 2019
    Cost
    $12,000
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Miami, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City
    This course enables students to design and build full stack JavaScript web applications. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming, with a big emphasis on battle-tested patterns and best practices. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to evaluate a problem and select the optimal solution using the language/framework best suited for a project’s scope. In addition to technical skills, the course will train students in how to think like a programmer. Students will learn how to deconstruct complex problems and break them into smaller modules. However, the most important skill that students will take away from this course is the ability to learn. Technology is fast-moving and ever-changing. A good programmer has a general understanding of the various programming languages and when to use them. A great programmer understands the fundamental structure and possesses the ability to learn any new language when required.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1000
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic programming knowledge
    Prep Work
    40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level at the next module.
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
    More Start Dates
    September 21, 2019 - ParisApply by August 21, 2019

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  • Diego Méndez Peño  User Photo
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    Coming from university, Ironhack has exceeded all my expectations. It’s everything I was looking for, because Ironhack gave me everything to be prepared for a job in programming.

    Teacher Assistants are great and everyone from my bootcamp was awesome, we learnt from each other a lot!

    I recommend Ironhack to everyone! Not only to tech-enthusiast but also to people who are looking to change career or looking to boost it!

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    Ironhack was the way to change my life and to be able to learn in a totally different way than usual. They make you feel that you belong to a big family and all your colleagues are there to help you. After finishing the bootcamp I realized everything I had learned and that I was ready to enter a company with the guarantee that I would do well.

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    And, yes, I went to a traditional 4 year university...

    I went to learn UX/UI and ended up learning so much more.  I saw how an organization that cares about its employees and clients is run.  Don't just ask the student how much they like attending Ironhack.  Ask the employees how much they like working here.  You can tell that everyone is happy and included.  That is only possible if the culture is well established from top to bottom.  They have weekly surveys which aim at gathering feedback regularly.  That shows they care about being the highly regarded bootcamp that they are.

    The start: Alex is very personalble and helpful...guiding the process from application to Financial Aid processing.  Jessica is also instrumental in guiding the newly registered so that they start off the course on the right foot.  They make T.A.s available so that you have any questions answered BEFORE the course begins!  The prework can be a free-standing course.  David Fast and Karen Lum are very strong instructors that really care about your progress as a UX/UI designer.  Then, when it's all done, you know that you are part of a new community so continuing your learning journey is almost unavoidable. 

    Topping it off is Daniel Brito who is maniacal in his drive to help grads find the necessary employment resources.  No one who is serious should expect anyone to 'find you a job', but really, you have to go out of your way in order to fail.

  • A unique oportunity
    - 10/18/2018
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    During my search to start my trip to learn about the virtual area, Ironhack was the best option, in which they taught me my skills and abilities to create, materialize and solve problems through a coordinated effort with teachers, who throughout the process are accompanying you and sharing your achievements.

    Without a doubt, the best journey I have lived and from which I have learned a lot during these six months, generating a gratitude and respect for those who accompanied during my study, and those people who with a smile and their kind words helped in the processes administrative.

  • Great Decision
    - 10/18/2018
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    Before deciding on signing up to Ironhack I researched and visited other boot camps, Ironhack's curriculum attracted me the most because they teach you the latest technologies for Web Development.

    The staff was very helpful, communicative, and knowledgeable. The classroom environment was of high quality, everyone was very respectful and eager to learn.

    My overall experience was great and highly valuable, it already has impacted my career and decision to continue learning and growing in this industry.

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    One of the most amazing experiences of all, being part of a great community around the world and being wrapped by their sense of community and values it's not just the learning part they really make you feel like part of it and it's worldwide !!!! JUST AMAZING

  • Best Decision EVER!
    - 10/17/2018
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    I researched well and considered my options carefully before deciding to take the Web Dev course at Ironhack. It was a rollercoaster ride and I now regret not doing it sooner.

    The course was challenging but with the guidance and encouragement readily available, it became a process that gave me an incredible sense of accomplishment. I had the support that was essential and the encouragement that I needed to see it through.

    Ironhack opened a new door for me!

    Today I can honestly say that I made the best decision, to take a well structured course and most importantly, to take the course at Ironhack.

  • Best course ever!
    - 10/16/2018
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    I recently completed the full-time Web Development course and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to expand their skills. This course has changed my lifestyle to a better one. I had never thought about all the things a computer is able to do, and the only real use I gave to them before this fantastic experience were school projects at law school.

    At the beginning of the course, I was warned just how hard and intense this course would be. My closest friends and relatives also encouraged me to do this, and showed me the huge importance of learning technologies and how this would help me get a job, because we are currently living in a world which almost everyone work with a computer.

    I am impressed about everything I learned there not only coding. I had to live together with my classmates everyday asking for help, in the good times and bad times. I made many friends which I still keep in touch with them. Ironhack is a big community to be part of it definetely. I am really pleased with Ironhack in every single aspect of the course:

        - TA’s spend their time intensively to students no matter how long it will take

        - Technologies learned are completely updated to firms requisites (MEAN Stack)

        - Social events and speeches enrich our knowledge and appetite to learn more things

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    My only regret is not doing this sooner then I wished I did. This bootcamp has shifted my life to a more positive side and I have learned so much in such a small amount of time. Excited to see what the future holds for me after gaining the knowledge of great developers!

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    I was searching for a long time for the right school, and then I found Ironhack. They always stay up to date and I am very happy I chose this school, I was very worried for many reasons before I started. will it be to hard? will it be to easy? will we learn enough? will I manage to keep up? now that I am after graduation and I can say I am very happy with my choice! all these questions were answered in the best case scenario for me, the teachers were really awesome, I was asking many questions constantly during the class and they answered all of them with great patience. I really felt I got the most out of the time I could possibly get, it wasn't easy! it was super hard actually, but they pushed me to my limit without breaking me and I feel I learned the maximum I could in this amount of time and I learned a lot! I am very happy I chose this boot camp!

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    At the beginning of the course, i was warned just how hard and intense this course would be. For the seemingly short 9 weeks that i was enrolled, i learned a novels worth of information. But what some of the best things i learned were about myself. This course helped me to see areas of myself that i needed to improve on as a person and a professional. The teachers and assitants were fantastic and were ready to help. This course really helps you to develop a special relationship with your fellow classmates, seeing as everyone is going through the same intense development in life. I feel more confident about entering this profession coming from a background in hospitality with 0 experience than i ever thought i would.

  • Very good decision
    - 9/28/2018
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    Thanks to the UX UI bootcamp from Ironhack I have improved a lot as a designer. I approached the world of apps a few years ago, and I started designing. I loved designing and the Ironhack experience has been a very important qualitative improvement for me.

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    About Me

    I worked in IT, and did some coding, but nothing past basic JavaScript. It peaked my interest, so I began learning on my own by taking courses online. I realized I needed to go about learning in a different way. I researched courses/boot camps and ran into Ironhack and decided to dive in and take it’s Full-Time Web Dev course after coming across great reviews/ratings.

    Expectations and Course Run Down

    Be ready to learn, because you’re going to learn a lot. It's a full time 9-5pm every day for 9 weeks (not including the after hours you want to put in as well) it's no joke so just prepare to fully invest the next 9 weeks into IronHack. You learn for 2 weeks and then immediately are sent off to create a project within a week - repeat again 2 more times after that. Come in prepared to learn, take in all the material, and be willing to put in the work.

    Help During Course Work / Curriculum (TA’s and Teacher)

    The instructor for our Cohort (Nick) was very knowledgeable. The only downside was that it was his first time teaching the course, so it felt like he was also learning as we were all trying to learn something too. Besides that, he was most definitely a great instructor and without his proficiency on the subject, I would not have learned as much as I did. As for the teaching assistants, all three of them were amazing (Sandra, Marcos, Ian). They were all very familiar with the coursework since they were all Ironhack graduates as well. It was extremely helpful having dedicated TA's who were former students helping us because they know the struggle so they WANT to help. There's more than enough help to go around, just make sure to ASK for it when you need it and you won't fall behind.

    The coursework definitely needed some tweaking on some days, our instructor Nick pushed aside what he felt was wrong and obsolete and taught it the best way he could and it definitely worked out. During the course this was one of my top issues, the curriculum for sure needed an update, but from what I have seen after my time there they are (or already have) taken the steps necessary to do so. Which means they take your feedback seriously and won't brush your input aside.

    Rest of Ironhack Staff

    Since the first day I applied and even now the staff at Ironhack hasn’t missed a beat. They have been helpful and there for me with any questions I had. They have an idea as to what they want to do with the course, and they definitely make sure that you receive the best experience possible. It doesn’t matter who you try to contact, the owner, down to the TA’s, they all respond happily and make you feel like one of them.

    Hiring Fair Prep

    From the first week at Ironhack, you become well acquainted with a man named Brito. Take his advice seriously if your goal is getting a job. He walks you through all the necessary steps to prepare you, such as building your resume, creating your LinkedIn, and lets you know about networking events to attend. He constantly brings in people to give speeches to you weekly. Brito is a great source for help and information so make sure you are constantly checking in with him. Along with all this prep work, you are also creating your portfolio during the course. You create 3 projects (on your own or in a small group) which showcase everything you've learned in the course from beginning to end and is the first step to the building of your portfolio.

    Hiring Fair Event

    At the end of the course, Brito arranges companies to come to Ironhack and sit down with you for interviews. This is a valuable introduction for your first interviews. Eventually, you will be off doing interviews on your own and this hiring fair is a great way to evaluate what you did and didn't do so that ultimately you become more and more comfortable during them. Still, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take these interviews at the hiring fair seriously, definitely come prepared to nail them during the event - people DO get hired out of these. This is what you prepare for, and it helps to prepare for future interviews.

    Post Ironhack Experience

    After Ironhack, finding a job (if that is what you are there for) is the next battle. Brito is there with you every step of the way. He holds placements help meetings at Ironhack every other week and is always available for any questions you have. He guides you and reminds you that you must KEEP CODING and KEEP APPLYING. If you slack off on those two steps, the job hunt instantly becomes much harder.  Take your LinkedIn, networking, and resume seriously. Do little projects on your own after the cohort, and make sure your JavaScript knowledge is fresh by doing coding challenges on HackerRank/Codewars because they will help with the technical interviews.

    I did not get hired immediately after Ironhack. I applied to around 300+ jobs and only got about two handfuls of phone interviews and in-person interviews. I got hired 3 and a half months after. I never stopped coding, I never stopped applying and I always kept in touch with Brito. This process in itself could feel more stressful than the boot camp, but do not quit.

    Conclusion

    Yes - you learn a lot at Ironhack and are given great guidance, but no they will not hand you a job. You get everything you need from them and now it’s up to you to put in the work and land it. They are there with you every step of the way. I would 100% do it again, I put my life on hold, invested in myself, pushed through and changed my career into something I felt would be more fulfilling. So far it hasn’t disappointed one bit. Not only do you learn a lot at Ironhack, but you make tons of friends and become part of their great community.

    If you have any questions feel free to message me on LinkedIn and I will gladly answer them for you
     
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    I recently completed the part-time Web Development course, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to expand their skills or technological knowledge base. I had an all-around wonderful learning experience. You don't need to have much computer knowledge going into it, because each class has multiple teaching assistants who will be there to help if you fall behind or are struggling to keep up. My class had 3 exceptional TA's, Manuel, Colby, and Adrian, who constantly were able to provide assistance when I ran into trouble, had bugs, or just got lost. They were always nice, patient, and willing to go the extra mile just to make sure I really understood deeply what we were learning, including coming in extra early on the weekends and spending one on one time with me in front of the whiteboard to go over each aspect of what we were learning in detail. I was really impressed with -and grateful for- each of them. 

    I was also very impressed with the professor, Alan. He is an extremely knowledgeable person with a natural aptitude for teaching. Always patient, courteous, and welcoming of questions, feedback and taking time to ask us if we all understood or were running into any problems. What really impressed me most about Alan, is how he would take a little bit of time at the start of each class to go beyond the curriculum and to challenge us with computer science coding challenges, to prepare us to think like computer scientists, and get us ready for the types of questions we would likely see in a coding interview, and explain the different ways to approach the problems, and how to think about them in terms of time complexity or memory management. It was well beyond what I expected from a web development course, and I found these lessons particularly rewarding. Alan has a knack for breaking down complex and abstract concepts into digestible bits and getting the class comfortable enough to try and collectively attempt a solution. *Protip* Always volunteer to try and solve the problems he presents, I noticed the students brave enough to attempt these problems retained information better and walked away with a more solid understanding. If he gives you the marker, get up there and give it your best effort. Go home and research the concepts further. JUST DO IT!  Get a whiteboard, for your house, and write important concepts, objectives, goals, and problem examples from class. This will force your brain to reconcile this new information on a daily basis. You will almost certainly see these types of coding challenges in job interviews, and they're abstract, and frustrating if you are not prepared.

    After graduation, you'll be counseled by Brito, your career counselor, who is also a very cool, down-to-earth and knowledgeable person. He has some real wisdom to share about the interviewing process, how to construct your resume, and specifically tells you to reach out to him before accepting any job offers. I am really impressed with his insight and willingness to be supportive, helpful, and make sure you land a good starting job, well after graduation. 

    Looking back I am extremely thankful to Ironhack and humbled to have had the opportunity to study with such an awesome class. Everyone from my classmates to the teachers, to the teacher's assistants, to the career counselor have all been an absolute pleasure to deal with. 

    Also, I was blown away by the Ux/UI students. We (the web dev class) got a chance to work with them in the hackathon (which was a totally awesome experience) and they were very impressive. I legitimately wish I could go take their class as well because they absolutely blew my mind with their systematic methodology, creativity, and organized thought processes. They were amazing. I loved working with them. 

     So to wrap it up, I wholeheartedly recommended Ironhacks web development course. 110%. Actively participate, ask questions, be engaged, help classmates, keep a positive attitude and this bootcamp will be a life-changing event for you as it has been for me. 
     

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    There are life changing, self changing and thought changing experiences. If you're looking for a change in your life, Ironhack is the perfect place to do so.
     
    I went to Ironhack not knowing what I was getting into. I was told it was like getting into a roller coaster and I didn't understand it until I was already in it.
     
    You start each day blind, without any knowledge of how it'll end. You can be at the top of the roller coaster or in free fall, afraid for what's next. It's a must have adventure, that's for sure, there's no living the same experience anywhere else. That feeling of self-development you get after you finish Ironhack and see the HUGE adventure you've just went through and it's results. Everyone should do it.
     
    It's like a little sect you don't want to get out of, even though you've just finished a course there is always something more to do, to learn, some new student to help and guide into his adventure. Ironhack is forever.
     
    Tell me something and I might forget it. Teach me something and I'll remember it. Involve me and I'll learn it Ironhack style.
     
    By: www.linkedin.com/in/aroaambroa
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    The best thing of all is the teachers. Our Lead Teacher Fabio is an amazing designer and connect very well with all of the students, he always goes beyond the learning units and sharing with us his experience and work. The support of the TAs is one of the keys of the bootcamp, they have all the knowledge and experience necessary to help us, together they create the perfect environment. 

    Additionally, everyone involved in Ironhack are amazing, you have the opportunity to connect with all kinds of people and learn from everyone. 
    I finish my experience growing up not only professional also personal.

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    The best bootcamp to become a ux / ui designer. Provide all the tools to achieve a career change and you can enter the labor field.

  • The school for all
    - 9/19/2018
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    If you have gone to college you will have noticed that when you finish it and go out into the real world you are more or less prepared just like you started it. That's why I would recommended the Ironhack Bootcamp.

    I just finished the UX / UI course and it has been one of the best experiences in terms of teaching and learning. Being able to share this experience with people with all kinds of training is inspiring. Learning from any of them and sharing all our resources is one of the things that Ironhack promotes and is how you should always work in this design world.

     

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    Before I started this bootcamp, I was working in a TV Company , but I started to think about why people wanted certain things. I discovered UX/UI Designers, and I saw that they are a bridge between people and products. That's the reason I decided to do that bootcamp, I wanted to be that bridge.

    I liked the agile methodologies and tools we learned because it's what I needed to learn to make the most of my job. In very little time you can do so much, in a week you learn about a problem in depth, see different solutions and validate them. It's amazing what you can do with Google sprint for example, it's useful in any situation. The way we worked was all about collaboration, we were all helping each other and in the end that made all of our projects. 

    Teachers and teacher assistants were always looking out for us. They're their to test your limits and bring out your fullest potential, that's why they can be hard on you. They're hard on you because that's what you're going to experience in the real world, and I think Ironhack prepares you well for that. 

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    It is curious how the destiny of each one is woven based on the decisions that one takes in life, good or bad, and lead us to follow paths of success or failure that in the end will always be lessons that help us to form ourselves as beings human beings, pieces or enclaves in a society. In my particular case, immigrant and with more than 17 years previous working in the commercial area in Sales of Technology, having made the decision to invest in the training of Full Stack Web Development Boot Camp in Ironhack has meant a turning point in my career. And for me it has been precisely that: an investment in the future.

    When I decided that I wanted to return to the roots of my studies (I'm an Computer Engineer) after so many years without writing a line of code, concerned only about selling products that in some cases I did not understand what they do, I started a search for a study system that I could obtain the necessary knowledge to go in search of a job in what many years ago was my livelihood and why not, my satisfaction. For this I enrolled in some basic PHP / Javascript courses with MySQL Database and an additional Oracle Database 12c course. But they were just that: basic courses. They gave me an aerial view of what Web development is in these times but they did not go deep enough to feel safe to go after a job in the development area.

    And as in social networks there is nothing hidden (we know how the algorithms that make product suggestions work, learning our tastes and posting notices of topics that we have touched or visited previously) I saw in one of these networks, an advertising of a Full Stack Web training that caught my attention because of its content. It was not a simple computer course like other ones in the market. It was really a formal study where in two and a half months a good part of the tools, frameworks, methodologies, etc., would be covered for the development of Web applications. It described how we are going to go, from the basics to making applications that from a user's point of view were as complex as making calls to API's RestFUL of spatial geolocation to create technology trending Web applications. A walk through HTML, CSS3, Bootstrap, JavaScript, JQuery, JSON, NodeJS, Express, Ajax, Axios, Angular all this with MongoDB Database, alternating with continuous development tools such as GIT and project planning as Trello. I found it a challenge and as I said initially, an investment for my return to the area that brought me so much satisfaction. Of course, I did an exhaustive search of trainings of this type in Madrid to make a comparative table and I finally decided on Ironhack because it seemed to me the most complete of all the training I saw, in addition to the fact that I am very learning in person, to be near the instructor and surrounded by people who could ask for help to clarify doubts if that were the case. For this reason, I proceeded to write via email to the contact person that appeared in the promotion. The answer was immediate and I started the procedures to be able to register for the FULL STACK WEB DEVELOPMENT BOOT CAMP - FULL TIME JUNE 2018 training. Here the journey began.

    Important to clarify that I did not have the money to do this training but here is another advantage that immediately allowed me to strengthen my decision. At Ironhack, they have two financial support institutions that could finance the training with the necessary flexibility to cover the costs. What more could I ask for!

    Now, I went through a series of questions and qualification interviews to validate if I had the capacity to do this training and that they did not represent a problem for me to enter since I had the advantage of having studied Computer Engineering 25 years ago and something was left of the programmatic thinking. I went immediately to the Pre-Work, a series of exercises and activities to soak students with certain basic knowledge and thus start from the first day to learn everything necessary to carry these two and a half months of intensive training. And that's what it is, that's why the denomination of "Boot Camp". Let's understand the concept. Here you come to work. And work hard. Every day, from Monday to Friday and including several weekends, is hard work. Beginning with the fact that two exercises (or projects) are done daily. One in the form of pair-programming, which gives us the notion of what it is to work with a team, and the other project you work individually. And some of these exercises tend to be extensive which makes it difficult to finish without staying up late (my personal recommendation for those who register: do not get up late, seek to do what possible but put a limit on working hours because fatigue accumulates day after day and every day you will see important matter that requires attention and all the senses in it). And every two weeks there will be a large project (three in total) where you can practice what you have learned in the previous weeks. For this reason, if you feel that some of the concepts were not well learned, calm that in each project will have the opportunity to resume and apply these concepts.

    It is true that many concepts are seen, but the learning methodology, being able to use continuous development tools such as GIT, working as a team in various exercises or projects, is basically what you face in real work environments. And for that they prepare you.

    Another important point to note is the support and ongoing advice on human resources issues, where you will have sessions to improve your Linkedin profile (or create it for those who have not registered) and your résumé. As an anecdote, just changing some things in my profile, I got the first day two contacts of people looking for Web developers from England. These consultancies are worth their weight in gold and should be used as much as they are part of the Ironhack program that seeks to position their students in the labour market. And believe me, its work.

    Finally, after two months and a week of continuous learning, Ironhack organizes a week called the "hiring week" where they invite a group of companies that will be validating your projects and interviewing students for possible work places to be filled with Boot Camp students. It is time to show your talents and you have a high chance of getting a job related to the topics seen. Particularly I had already gotten a job before this week so I did not attend and yet you have saved the opportunity to attend some future process if you wish.

    Finally, it must be understood that Ironhack, besides being a learning academy, is also a community. A community where events are constantly being published where you can review trends, new technologies or simply have an invitation to spend a Friday evening with friends with some beers. As a member of this community you can call to give a talk to new students about your experience, how to handle the stress of the activities, or simply accompany a new student under the figure of "buddy" in order to listen and advise how to carry The Boot Camp to these new members.

    Ironhack has been an experience, an investment that has paid off and allowed me to reinsert myself into the technical world, something that fills me with satisfaction. It was a total good experience in which a made a good friends and contacts in a web partners that for sure, is going to be maintained for years.

     

    Jesús Martínez

    www.linkedin.com/in/jesus-martinez-alvarez

     

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    Javier Martín • Web developer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    It's been 2 intense months. You learn a lot and the classes are quality. The greatest success is the work in pairs since that helps you to know everyone and there is a good general atmosphere. I would repeat and recommend it

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    Rafa Gallego • Student Verified via LinkedIn
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    I've just finished the bootcamp and I am really happy. If someone ask to me about this bootcamp, I would respond inmediately: I would do it again without thinking. It is not only the course, it is the complete experience. You will share knowledge with teachers and classmates. Also the amount of networking you can do. Totally recomended for anyone who is searching, not only to change career, if you want to adquire new tech knowledge, this is the best.

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    I've recently finished the MEAN stack 9-week bootcamp in Madrid with no previous coding experience and, let me say, what a blast! There are certain things I think they don't make more of an emphasis when you sign up for the full time bootcamp, 90% of which can boil down the the following warning: it's really intense. Drop-everything-else-you're-doing intense. Self-doubt-inducing intense. This worked in my favor which is why you don't see this listed as a con but that can be unhelpful for people that are making plans to continue working/studying or that simply appreciate or thrive in a slower-paced learning environment.  

     

    Pros

    • The team, both educational and administrative, is really fun to be around and work to make sure you get that family vibe. Sometimes it feels borderline cult-like but the social outcome is nice. 
    • The student environment I found very enriching specifically because of the variety of backgrounds found among us. Our group had a number of people with experience and a few with none and which made for a great learning experience.
    • Support in the job search. Even when it's not the outcomes manager posting, there's a thread in the Slack with offers coming in at all times.

    Cons

    • Not the world's most organized or punctual bunch. 
    • We didn't touch React, which we were asked about during our hiring week so I felt that was a massive disservice to us (but did, strangely enough, have the time for an introduction to Docker the day before the presentation of our last projects). This has since been changed in the curriculum but I'm still salty about it.
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    In this review, I aim to provide an honest account of my experiences as a student in Ironhack’s April - June 2018 cohort in Miami, FL. I chose to wait until after I had been out of the course and in a job for a while before reflecting on my experience and evaluating how well Ironhack prepared me for what I am currently doing.
     
    My Ironhack Experience:
     
    Application:
        I did a great deal of research within a small period of time before applying, going through the interview process and leaving my previous employer to join Ironhack. Like many other students, I decided on Ironhack because of the curriculum, the reputation of Brito as an Outcomes Manager, and the reputation of their lead instructor Nizar, however, when the cohort started I learned that we would have a new instructor, Nick, an Ironhack graduate. When I registered for this course many of my classmates and I was under the impression that Nizar would be our teacher who I understood was someone with years of real world experience and was the primary reason for all the great reviews about Ironhack.
    I decided about three weeks before the cohort started to join in April which was just enough time before it was too late. The coding challenges and pre-work used the same online portal which contained their learning modules. Once I got the learning material I had to get them done within the one week I had before the cohort started so I worked that week on the online material full time to get ready for the first week. I cannot stress how important it is for you to really focus on the pre-work and understand the meaning behind what it is that you are going to be learning and do further research when necessary. If at any point you find yourself questioning whether or not this is for you, take time away from the problems you are having and come back to it with a fresh perspective. This is a habit you should try to incorporate in your learning as you are working with abstract concepts you haven’t been exposed to yet or are re-learning. It's really easy to get frustrated when you are first starting out which causes some students to drop out of the cohort before it really has time to start.
     
    Curriculum / Lectures / Projects:
        The first week is spent developing a browser game which when I initially signed up sounded like a lot of fun, and at times it was, however, I do not feel that it fits the curriculum when considering how much better the time could be spent. I would recommend spending more time to focus on the fundamentals, working collaboratively (git-flow), and more time on coding challenges/interview prep.
        Many of the examples within the modules when learning these new concepts were essentially the same which made it harder to grasp some of the concepts we were going over. A large portion of information, direction, and dependencies for the labs and lectures were out of date or not set up properly. Some learning modules were skipped altogether and a lot of time was wasted on bugs that can be avoided if the lecture notes and labs were updated or reviewed by the instructor before the lecture for the day began. I was also having a hard time grasping these concepts when I was encouraged to just copy paste what was in the modules to do my labs and my projects instead of thinking it though.
        There was a sudden change the day before the final project weeks started where our cohort was preparing to put together their individual projects for our personal portfolios and then it was announced that we would be working in groups for the last project. We were not told from the beginning that we were to take into consideration that we would be working on the final project in pairs or groups of three. We were never taught best practices dealing with version control and how to go about working with multiple people on a project at the same time. The brief overview that we had on collaborative git practices lasted less than 30 minutes and didn't even cover how to deal with merge conflicts or common errors that would come up in collaborative scenarios.
        Our instructor Nick was gone during the second to last week which was one of the most important weeks of our cohort. The majority of people in the course have been stuck on the same issue which dealt with having a login session persist across views in Angular. The only example we have to go off of was incomplete because of all of the bugs we ran into the week before Nick left and the TA’s were not able to figure out how to resolve the issue. If the Ironhack staff knew that he was going to be out during this important week that should have arranged for a substitute or have prepared the TAs to take over the curriculum for the week. The TAs would only be able to help to a certain extent until they are unsure of how to proceed due to their lack of experience and we're left to wait in line to be assisted by Nick, however that week we did not have the option so there was a great deal of lost time. My group members and I should not have been feeling the need to pay by the minute on tutoring websites like Hackhands and to make up for the lack of education we had received to get our project done in time.
     
    Learning Environment:
        I can’t speak for other cohorts, but the April 2018 cohort was fantastic. Everyone got along really well and we all still keep in touch with one another regularly post-graduation. Building.co is a fantastic workspace. Free beer, coffee, fruit, snacks, and there are plenty of good options for eating in the area. My only criticism is that Building.co can get a bit cramped at times as far as private areas for studying and meetings go, but that’s expected considering it’s a co-working space.  The TAs were incredibly helpful throughout the cohort. Shoutout to Sandra for always staying far later than she needed to help us with our projects throughout the cohort. I’m sure I speak for all of my classmates when I say that we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we did without the support of the TAs. Brito also brought in some great guest speakers and organized a panel of alumni to come to talk to us about their post-graduate experiences.
     
    Career Week:
        Career Week is the most important week you will at Ironhack. The content during this week is crucial to your job search and should be followed to the letter if you plan on getting hired and will be applicable beyond entry-level job searches. If you haven’t heard of or really considered Career Week as a selling point for your investment in an experience at Ironhack I would highly encourage you to reconsider and look at some of the companies that Ironhack is partnered with and the companies that graduates like myself are currently working at.
    Career week is a fantastic opportunity where companies come to Ironhack in order to interview graduates in a "speed dating” fashion. You get to meet with many companies, and if you are inexperienced with interviewing like I was at the time, it may help you to get over the nervousness of being in an interview. If you've read any of the other reviews on this site or other sites about Ironhack Miami I'm sure that you have read or heard the name Daniel Brito or Brito for short. Brito is the Outcomes Manager, and it is his responsibility to work towards partnerships with companies and bring them in to meet potential graduates as candidates for entry-level jobs. He’s one of the most connected people in the Miami tech scene and has your best interests in mind. Ironhack would not be the same without his efforts. He was one of the most supportive people throughout the entire cohort and has continued to help me after graduation and reach out to me to see how my new job is going. 
     
    Post-Graduation / Job Search:
        I received my job offer from CareCloud, one of the companies that came to our hiring fair, about a month and a half after the cohort ended. However, do not place all your bets on getting a job from one of the companies that come to career week, this would be a huge mistake. Brito will be there every step of your job search from interview to offer letter as long as you follow the guidelines and strategies that he goes into detail about throughout the week. Never stop coding during your search, it’s important to keep your committing to new projects and continuing your learning so that you have something to show employers what you’ve been doing with your time since graduation. If you lose your motivation to teach yourself after the cohort is over you’re going to have a very hard time finding a good job.
     
    Overall, I would recommend Ironhack to someone looking to make a career change, however, I would also like to see many things improved as it continues to grow. I felt that my cohort was disorganized and that there was a serious lack of curriculum preparation. I did not see efforts made to improve the quality of our experience throughout the cohort's duration although we were giving them feedback every few weeks. I was not satisfied with how my education at Ironhack turned out at the time of graduation. I went through career week and then graduated lacking the confidence in my skill set necessary to get through a real technical interview. The weeks following graduation I spent all my time working on projects and learning React which I knew would help me stand out more when looking for a job while reinforcing JavaScript fundamentals and applying to jobs using Brito's advice.
     
    I am currently writing up an accompanying article for this review that I hope will fill in any other gaps for those who are looking into or graduating from Ironhack and boot camps like it which will include helpful resources that I used before, during and after my boot camp experience that helped me get my new job at CareCloud.
     
    Feel free to add me on LinkedIn or shoot me a message on the Ironhack Slack channel with any questions or comments that you may have.
     
    Best,
    Ryan Martin 
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    I took the Ironhack bootcamp in between working as a Business Development Manager in the Berlin startup ecosystem and starting a Master's degree in Data Science. My objective was to understand software architecture in order to work as a Product Manager, how web apps are created from scratch and to try out potentially moving fully to a job in software engineering. My experience with Ironhack was absolutely fantastic and I would do it again, anytime. 

    I will answer the questions I had when picking a bootcamp and hope this can help any future student.

    Why not do an online course ?
    What I found very special with Ironhack was how teachers and peers were an amazing motivation, something you don't get online. The teachers were available  every day until 10 pm and even on weekends, which I found incredible, everytime with a smile on their face. The teaching team also spend significant time on team building and allowing the students to get to know each other with after school events, cooking sessions, giving the whole experience a very personal touch. They were extremely helpful with every question I ever had, no matter how basic. Studying with a cohort of students and sharing a physical classroom made it much easier for me to keep it up even during hard days where the learning felt like a lot of work.

    Whats the niveau of the course and how much time do I need to spend during the course?
    I personally had some previous coding experience (Python and C++, but six years before the time of the course) and no idea about front end. There is elaborate pre-work distributed by Ironhack before the start of the physical course that allows you to prepare yourself if you feel insecure about being ready. I did not spend a lot of time on it and found that we were "caught up onto the same level" within the first days of the bootcamp. The course is intense and requires you to spend some long evenings in class, however, it is clear that everyone learns for themselves and teachers are supportive no matter what effort you make - if you keep it low for two days, you will not punished with a frown or less attention. Teachers continuously checked up on the students level of understanding and offered additional courses and catch-up sessions whenever needed. In general it does feel like the whole group goes from "0 to 100" in the two month, coding-wise.

    Does it make you job ready?
    Totally. I personally was not looking for employment after the bootcamp as I was starting a Master's degree, but nevertheless talked to many CTOs, companies etc in the course of the bootcamp and realized how "good" you get at Ironhack. Talking to my peers and seeing where (and how quickly) they got hired gives me the confidence to say, it makes you absolutely job ready.

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