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Ironhack

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Ironhack offers 9-week, full-time and 24-week, part-time bootcamps in web development, UX/UI design, and data analytics in Miami (Florida), Madrid and Barcelona (Spain), Paris (France) Mexico City (Mexico), Berlin (Germany), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Lisbon (Portugal). 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. And the Data Analytics program allows students to load, clean, explore and extract valuable insights from datasets and cultivate languages scuh as Python, SQL and Tableau. 

The admissions process for each program includes an online application, a personal interview, and a technical assessment.

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 +600 partner companies. Graduates of Ironhack will be well-positioned to find a job as a web developer, UX/UI designer or Data analyst 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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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationMadrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Lisbon
    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
    DepositYes
    Financing
    Do you need help with the payment? Visit our Financing page: https://www.ironhack.com/en/financing 
    Tuition PlansTuition varies by campus location
    ScholarshipIronhack offers an upfront scholarship of 10% off for any of our Web Development
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic programming knowledge
    Prep Work40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level at the next module.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Data Analytics Bootcamp (Part-Time)

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    MySQL, Git, Data Visualization, Data Analytics , Data Structures, SQL, Python
    In PersonPart Time13 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationMadrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Lisbon
    This course enables students to become a Full Fledged Data Analyst in 24 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
    DepositYes
    Financing
    Do you need help with the payment? Visit our Financing page: https://www.ironhack.com/en/financing 
    Tuition PlansTuition varies by campus location
    ScholarshipIronhack offers an upfront scholarship of 10% off for any of our Web Development
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic programming knowledge
    Prep Work40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level at the next module.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI Design Bootcamp (Full-Time)

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    HTML, Product Management, Mobile, User Experience Design, CSS, Agile
    In PersonFull Time50 Hours/week9 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationMiami, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Lisbon
    This 9 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
    DepositYes
    Financing
    Do you need help with the payment? Visit our Financing page: https://www.ironhack.com/en/financing 
    Tuition PlansTuition varies by campus location
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic programming skills, basic design skills
    Prep WorkThe 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 TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI Design Course (Part-Time)

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    HTML, Design, Product Management, Mobile, User Experience Design, CSS, Agile
    In PersonPart Time12 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$13,000
    Class size20
    LocationMiami, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Lisbon
    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
    DepositYes
    Financing
    Do you need help with the payment? Visit our Financing page: https://www.ironhack.com/en/financing 
    Tuition PlansTuition varies by campus location
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic programming skills, basic design skills
    Prep Work40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level when the course begins.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Web Development Bootcamp (Full-time)

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    AngularJS, MongoDB, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week9 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationMiami, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Lisbon
    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
    DepositYes
    Financing
    Do you need help with the payment? Visit our Financing page: https://www.ironhack.com/en/financing 

    Tuition PlansTuition varies by campus location
    ScholarshipIronhack offers an upfront scholarship of 10% off for any of our Web Development
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic programming knowledge
    Prep Work40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level at the next module.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Web Development Bootcamp (Part-Time)

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    AngularJS, MongoDB, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    In PersonPart Time13 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$13,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationMiami, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Lisbon
    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
    DepositYes
    Financing
    Do you need help with the payment? Visit our Financing page: https://www.ironhack.com/en/financing 
    Tuition PlansTuition varies by campus location
    ScholarshipIronhack offers an upfront scholarship of 10% off for any of our Web Development
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic programming knowledge
    Prep Work40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level at the next module.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Great Experience
    - 5/17/2017
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    Carlos de Palacio • IB Analyst • Graduate Verified via Linkedin
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    Why I joined Ironhack

    After finishing Mechanical Engineering school, I interned at a financial institution in a position related to the world of technology. I had a revelation: there is no skipping the technical skills if you want to stay relevant in the world of tomorrow. Bridging the gap between any discipline (mechanical engineering or finance in my case) and tech is among the best values that an employee can bring to any organisation. When I received a full-time offer with a 6-month gap period, I knew I wanted to do the IronHack before joining.

    The experience

    I was part of the the Jan 2017 Madrid web-dev full time bootcamp. IronHack’s premise is that after three months you can go from squat to entry-level programmer. This was not my goal but my expectations were still high. My aim was to gain skills that would allow me to bootstrap a project more easily. And I can honestly say that IronHack surpassed all my expectations.

    Ironhack is nothing like your University experience. It’s a super-intense, hands-on experience that merges learning, doing, building and networking. A typical day would start with lectures in the morning, exercises in the afternoon, followed by a seminar by Alvaro on personal branding, back to exercises in the evening and finally beers to power through the early night. The teachers are always available and willing to help, and the class soon turns into a group of very close friends. As for the learning experience, unbound by the constraints of traditional universities, IronHack can morph its curriculum on the go to keep up with the latest demands of the market, giving you the tools to keep on learning beyond and after the course.

    Overall my experience at IronHack was very positive. I think of it as the perfect complement to an undergraduate degree in any field, opening the door to a world of new possibilities. And most importantly, it was incredibly fun!

    After Ironhack

    I wouldn’t say my life has been completely turned around, but I would retake the course a thousand times. I will now join my firm equipped with a whole new array of relevant expertise. I also plan to continue developing my final IronHack project, called I don’t take money.

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    Manu • Full Stack Web Developper • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I started the Ironhack Web Development Bootcamp in Madrid in January 2017. I graduated in Law the year before and wanted to do something different with my life. I started to learn programation on my own with Codecademy and some other tutorials. After a few months, even though I realized that I could teach myself a lot, I still had no idea about how to launch myself into a developper career.
    It feels really good to think that it was only a few months ago and that I'm now writing this review from my new job office.

    I'm French and I came in Spain only to do the bootcamp. It wasn't an easy decision to invest all that money and that time. That's why I take the time to write an honest review of my experience. Reading student reviews helped me to take my decision, and I feel grateful to the people who took the time to write one. Besides, I heard that Ironhack is now launching in Paris and I really want to be a part of the french Ironhackers community :)

    Basically, I started the bootcamp with little knowledge in HTML, CSS and Javascript. In only two months, Ironhack turned me into a Junior FullStack Developper.

    When I started my new job a few weeks ago, I was able to deliver something , and that felt good. Ironhack taught how to learn what I don't know and how to collaborate with a team.  That means that from the beginning, the level will be really demanding (even the best student in my cohort would agree with that!). Days are usually 10-12 hours long.

    In my case, we had a new teacher every week to teach us a module. They all have a deep knowledge of what they teach and a real understanding of the professionals needs (since all of them work as developpers). So every morning you'll a have class with the teacher, and every afternoon you'll put it in practice with an individual exercise and pair programming. That's probably the key of that bootcamp, a huge amount of practice. The teacher assistants, the most patient, dedicated, nice and skilled people you'll ever meet (really, where do they find them?) will help you to accomplish what will often seem impossible.

    You'll code real projects. In my bootcamp, everyone made a game after two weeks (and some of them were quite impressive). We also made two websites: the first was to sharpen our back-end skills and the last one was a complete application using Node & Angular 2. In my case, I realized a project for a Madrid's Startup that is now a finalist in a local contest.

    At the end of the bootcamp, Ironhack team presented us to 20 companies from the local scene. Being able of showing real projects is certainly what made that many of us found a job then, and that Ironhack hiring rate is so high. In a broader scale, Ironhack's success comes certainly from its high sense of community (you'll quickly learn about the Ironbeers;). I mean that in my bootcamp I had a great time with the other students and we still party together. In that matter, Ironhack definitely has spanish DNA. But it's more than that. In my case, Ironhack organized events where I got to meet people from the most interesting Startups in Madrid.

    I have no doubt that Ironhack Paris will be as good (if not better) than in the other cities. If you have any question, I'll be happy to answer it!
     

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    Jeremy Beagle • Junior JavaScript Application Developer • Student Verified via LinkedIn
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    I recently graduated from Ironhack's full-time Web Development Bootcamp in Miami, and have them to thank for my new position as a JavaScript developer. Above all else, Ironhack taught me how to work through errors when I encounter them, and where to find the information I need when dealing with new technologies. I had the pleasure of learning under the instruction of Nizar Khalife Iglesias, and attribute my success thus far to him and our T.A. Ariel Deschapell. Nizar is incredibly patient, and his knowledge of the subject material is impressive. Ariel is equally patient, and was an excellent resource when I needed guidance. As a whole, the Ironhack staff went above and beyond with any request I brought to them, and were always easily accessible. The classroom environment allowed me to build long-term friendships and experience teamwork in the context of software development. Throughout the duration of the bootcamp and after its conclusion, Ironhack's Placements Manager, Daniel Brito, committed himself to helping me launch my career. Daniel sacrificed tremendous time and effort to both teach me how to job-hunt, and generate leads for me to pursue. He delivered on every commitment he made, and exceeded all of my expectations. My career, my livelihood, and my family have reaped amazing benefits from my time at Ironhack.

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    Mary Mederos • Web Developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    Thanks to Ironhack, I was hired by my dream company, Valley Forge Fabrics, one week after they interviewed me at my cohort's January Hiring Fair.

    Brito works very hard with what you give him to find you a great fit. I had ten years of web design and front end under my belt, which certainly helped, but I had applied to VFF online two weeks prior and was rejected. Having that opportunity to meet face to face with the Digital Marketing Media Director completely changed my life for the better.

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    Roberto • Product Designer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I recently graduated from the UX/UI  full-time bootcamp. It was an amazing experience. The class structure and the instructors were great. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to enter the field regardless of your experience!

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    Walter Monecke • Freelance Full-Stack Developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    My name is Walter Monecke and I recently graduated from the german University of Bayreuth.

    I studied business but wanted to get into more technical stuff.

    I read A LOT of reviews and the coding school that had the best reviews by far was Ironhack and I am writing this review to confirm it.

    Ironhack is a coding school that teaches small groups (up to 14 people) to code in a very efficient way. Not only do you learn to really code and put out one project after the other, but you also make great contacts with people in the industry, so it is WAAAAY easier to find a job than being on your own. And yes many of my friends already have jobs. I do not have one because I chose to work on my own projects and follow the entrepeneurship that was always within me.

    Ironhack teaches industry standard technologies like for example the MEAN-Stack and throughout the course you do three different projects on your own that help master each one of the tools that compose the whole stack.

    By the last project, i.e. number three, you actually create a full web-app. You come up with the idea, you use your creativity and your learned skills to actually develop it.

    I cannot tell you how much Ironhack changed the course of my life and how much I am grateful to have discovered this hidden passion for code. I am happy I can wake up and start building something out of thin air and say "This was done by Walter!".

    Having a computer science major is cool. Having gone through this bootcamp is better.

    Ironhack is a family to me and I will be always be a proud alumni.

     

    PS: If you apply and get accepted I cannot tell you how important it is to do you pre-work.

    The more you learn before going to Ironhack the more you are going to learn. Do your homework!

     

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    Kevin Da Silva • Web Developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I had just been fired from a restuarant I worked in when I heard about 'coding'. I saw the "learning to code" video with Mark Zuckerburg and all those other CEO's and I was inspired to learn... After a few weeks of CodeAcademy learning HTML & CSS, I got curious and clicked on an ad mentioning a school in Miami that taught development over the course of 9 weeks.

    To everyone's surprise, it was actually Wyncode! I immediately clicked on the link, reviewed their site, tuition, and material. I even signed up for their  "Learn to Code in A Day" event where they taught basic Ruby... At that event, I met a guy who was also at the course trying to build his site. I told him my interest in Wyncode and the developer role where he immediately told me that if I was going to pay for a school, it should be Ironhack. 

    That was when I learned, that Ironhack is one of those schools that could have their doors packed with people & students if they really wanted to. But they don't! They have a selective acceptance process where they try to weed out those that want to 'code' and those that have a passion for technology + code. 

    It didn't occur to me at first but, that had been the single most luckiest and best decision I had ever made, choosing Ironhack. 

    And I can say that, why? Because I experienced both. Not only did I go to the "Learn To Code In A Day" but my brother, who also wanted to develop, took the web-dev course, but at Wyncode.

    So here's my perspective on both, no strings attatched

    Ironhack's taught me how to be more comftorable with computers, code, and manage software and its archetecture. It gave me a chance to really sit down with technology and learn the in's and outs, talk the talk but also walk the walk...Of course, every web-dev program will (hopefully) do that. 

    The caveat is the people. The people here at Ironhack are phenomenal. From the lead instructor Nizar, to the wonderful ladies who tidy up the place when they need to; it was all wonderful. At first, my biggest fear was having this program be more oriented around business than the actual 'learning' part of everything. Kind of something like where you walk in, they teach you for 9 weeks and thats it, just a "good luck! goodbye!" That fear was immediately laid to rest when I met the team. If we are talking just culture, not even considering quality of the education, Ironhack has it down pat. These people truly care for you, and your future, as if your fate was their own. I have seen many of them go beyond their 'work' requirements to help a student in need; whether that be staying late to clear up some confusions for students or at times carpooling to a networking event. The Ironhack team is a team of focused, determined, and compassionate individuals who will get you to where you want to be, in your career. 

    Now, lets talk about the education. Nizar is the lead instructor here, and was the main instuctor in my course. The man is brilliant. Extremely patient with students, gives you room to fail and make your own mistakes when you need to but also catches you when you're going to fall too deep. The course itself is really well built, you pretty much have a couple hours of lecture everyday where they introduce you to the new material, followed by a pair-programming exercise and a do-alone exercise. We were also the first cohort where they introduced two other main projects to, whereas before you only had one final project that you had to present and demo for your graduation. This was one aspect that I feel Ironhack really excelled in. These first two projects really taught me a lot, not only about the actual code but also things like time management, soft skills and working with others, asking for help, etc that a lot of other courses didn't get to fully experience. Nizar does a phenomenal job taking care of his staff + students, and the quality of education really reflects that.

    Now, what about finding a job? They have a placement manager here, Brito, who's job is to connect you to companies who are looking to hire developers, and kind of get the ball rolling... Daniel Brito is one of Ironhack's greatest commodities, because he knows everyone in Miami and will go to extreme lengths to putting you in touch with the right person/company.This guy could sell water to a ski-boat if he wanted to. He pushes you to be just like him, a go-getter. He willl call you non-stop to make sure you sent the right email, he will chase you down to make sure you applied for the right company and he will give you the necessary butt whooping if needed. The guy has experience, has been in the tech business for some time, and is super well connected and has those relationships that are really necessary when looking for employment in the tech-industry. Plus, he's funny as hell. 

     

    In the end, my brother needed to go back and re-learn a bunch of the material after his graduation. Till today, he calls me and asks for help and an extra pair of eyes for his code. And we took two different courses, almost simultaneously. 

    All in all, Ironhack has a top of the line team with top of the line skills, and anyone who walks into the building can tell the second they walk in. It has changed my life and the way I look at it, completely. I willl forever be in-debted to some of the people here that were so patient and took their time with me. I will never be the same, ever again.

     

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    Lorenzo • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    Overall, I'm very happy with Ironhack Barcelona. I have been included in the last round of students spècialising on the Rails stack as compared to Node / Angular (which I think is what the new programme offers) and to be fair I'm very happy with it (plus the organisers made up for having changed the programme buy giving us extr material for free, which was really appreciated). 

    There are some organisational issues that they might want to correct. Sometimes there is little communications between a teacher and the next, which might lead to some loss of pace. I would appreciate a well structured programme to take the best final projects to the next level. 

    But nonetheless, the very fact here is that after Ironhack I am capable of building a web app on my own, I have learned plenty, I have gotten in deep in some areas while been given enough background knowledge to keep learning different technologies on my own. 

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    Overview

    I came from about 10,000 km away, Japan. At first I was so nervous because I have no design background and I have never been to Europe. But thanks to Ironhack and colleagues, I can make a personal design portfolio and projects. Ironhack is a gateway to the latest tech world and I can highly recommend it. 

    In this review, I introduce 3 good points and 2 not good points.

    Good points

    1. People

    In Ironhack, I could meet so many smart and talented people, classmates and professionals. In UX/UI course, the class is consisted 8 students(6 Spanish, 1 Egyptian, and me) and basically 2 teachers( fixed and weekly professional). Classmates are from several backgrounds and I could learn many things. Teachers are very helpful and passionate, so I could learn from zero easily. This encounter lets me grow up at very high speed and I want to keep this connections.

    2. Curriculum

    It covers whole UX/UI theories and methodologies. The style( lecture & workshop) helps me to understand the new things. And it's very good to access the course materials even after graduating the class.

    3.Opportunities

    There are some interesting events during the course, for example the lecture of tech star people. And Ironhack gave me a chance to public speaking, called Hackshow. It deepened my understanding for what I learned in the class and gave me a confidence to overcome a challenging situation.

    Not good points

    1. Schedule

    Sometimes the class was not on the schedule and unpredictable. So it's not easy to make a personal schedule and I need to catch up the change of plans. This problem is probably fixed by using schedule management tools.

    2. Environment

    Sometimes it was so noisy that I could not concentrate on the class. The reason is probably the classroom is open space and the sound is easy to expand. This problem is probably fixed by the adjustment of events and the place of classroom.

    Conclusion

    Of course all things include pros and cons. Anyway, thanks to Ironhack, I could join the UX/UI desing field and open new opportunities I've never expected. If you want to change your career or life, it worth considering this bootcamp.

  • Great experience
    - 3/28/2017
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    Ryan Morrison • Founder • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    Ironhack gave me the confidance to build a tech startup after not being in technology at all.  The course was very dufficult but that is what it takes to be successful.  However, there was help at every step of the way from admissions to the final hack show to job assistance.  I would recommend anybody to join the Ironhack team.

  • Great course
    - 3/27/2017
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    I was looking for a change for my job, I like computers and use them, but I didn't know nothing about programming. My friend, who works in programming, he told me that I should to try it.

    This is useful, if you want to learn to programming you can to start with this one, it's simply but completed, with the classes and homework you will be a Frontend Developer easily. You are learning to use HTML, CSS, SASS, JavaScript, PHP... very, very, very easily.

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    I first heard about Ironhack from working in the coworking space where it is headquartered. I would see the students in the classroom from sun up until sun down with terminals and web browsers open, furiously typing away at their keyboard. I'd dabbled with learning how to code in the past through sites like Codeacademy and Udacity without much success, but working a full-time job meant I couldn't sign up for the course even if I wanted to. A month or so after telling myself it just wasn't meant to be, I received news that Ironhack was introducing a six month part-time course for the first time ever. 

    I proceeded to look at the time commitment involved. Tuesday and Thursday nights and half of my Saturday for six months? I could totally swing that. Again, the money wasn’t an insignificant issue, but how many more times would I be telling myself “Maybe next time”? How much longer could I go about seeing the developers at work go about their ways and find myself regretting not having pursued this endeavor years ago? How would I feel seeing the students in the program presenting their projects six months from now and knowing I could have been a part of it?

    I submitted my application and was contacted by Alia, Ironhack Miami’s awesome Marketing & Community Manager, to schedule an interview. We spoke that same day, where I told her my reasons for applying for the program and how it would help me grow as a professional and as a person. To potential applicants, think of it less as an interview and more as a conversation.

    After that, I scheduled my time for the second stage of the application process, the technical interview. Alia sent me an email with links to the material I would have to study, and when I wasn’t at work, I had my head down focusing on absorbing as much of the content as possible. When the day of the interview came, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t incredibly nervous about what task I would be assigned.

    Nizar quickly proved that all of my fears were for naught. He walked me through the steps required to complete the task and offered to help if at any time I became confused, frustrated, or just hopelessly lost. Luckily, it didn’t come to that due to the thoroughness of the study materials, but it says a lot about the quality of a program when its instructors understand how intimidating this part of the process can be. I won’t describe the nature of the practical interview for the sake of keeping it fair for future applicants, but trust me when I say that the Ironhack team will give you all the preparation you’ll need.

    I received my acceptance email the next morning and immediately paid my deposit so I knew it was real. A few days later, I received access to the platform I’d be using to complete the pre-work and some information on Day 0, the unofficial first day of the program.

    The pre-work was challenging but presented at a pace that helped facilitate learning of the early fundamental concepts. This allowed me to walk into the class the first day and follow along with the coursework we were presented with. The teaching sytle was incredibly hands on, a combination of lectures and practical exercise to solidify what we'd learned that day. The instructor and TAs were always available to answer any questions in a matter that further helped facilitate learning - instead of providing a direct answer, they would ask questions themselves and guide you to think of an appropriate solution. The learning platform was available 24/7 with all of the lectures and exercises covered in class to help get as much practice as necessary. 

    The course did reach a level of difficulty that had me wondering at times whether I was meant to pursue this path, but the Ironhack staff consistently encouraged us to keep pushing forward one day at a time, all the way until it came time to work on our final project. That's where all of the topics we'd covered over the past few months accumulated into one concentrated effort - we were able to achieve things we'd never before imagined possible with code, bolstered by the support of the instructors, the mentors we were provided with, and each other. It was at this point that I also realized how strong of a bond I had made with my fellow classmates - we were always willing to help one another with any tricky issues that would come up and celebrated each other's success.

    The Hack Show served as a celebration of all the work we'd put in, where we each showed the collective product of our effort to a huge audience made up of friends, family, and members of the Miami tech community. I actually ended up winning the show with my project which was a huge surprise and sense of joy, but the overall purpose of the evening is to be proud of what we've done, not to chase a prize. 

    The connections made throughout the program are nothing short of phenomenal. Daniel Brito is a veritable juggernaut at getting students to push themselves as hard as possible and matching them with phenomenal web development job opportunities. We were also connected to hundreds of other members of the tech community through various Slack channels we were invited to, only helping to further foster the sense of belonging. We entered the program as outsiders and left as essential parts of the Miami tech community as a whole. 

    If you have any dobuts at all about going through Ironhack, I'd strongly encourage you to experience it. It's a life-changing opportunity that some people could only dream of. 

Thanks!