Le Wagon is a 9-week Ruby on Rails focused bootcamp based out of Paris and other various locations. With a community of students with various backgrounds (engineers, journalists, architects, designers, etc.), applicants will join an exciting tech community. All the students of Le Wagon share the same technical background and apply industry best practices. This mix between diversity & technical expertise makes the community unique.
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After reading the overwhelmingly positive reviews of Le Wagon’s fullstack program, I was nervous that there would be hidden downsides nobody had mentioned. After 9 intense weeks, I am happy to report that this course is every bit as brilliant as people say. Even if you go in as an absolute coding novice, by the time you finish you’ll be able to take your own business idea and turn it into a fully functional web app with ease.
Like most people in my batch, I began with almost no programming experience. I had completed a few tracks on Codecademy, but still didn’t have any concrete idea of how building a web application worked. By the end of week 6, we had learnt everything we would need to create our own applications, both alone or in a team of developers.
The days were structured so we spent the most time possible programming, and practicing what we’d learned in the morning lecture. The amazing teachers were always available to help with any problems (I recommend you constantly badger these guys with questions – they are the most valuable resource Le Wagon has to offer). Since we couldn’t take the teachers with us after the course was over, we were given the next best thing – access to videos of every lecture (in English and French), tonnes of materials to use in our future career, and access to ex-alumni chats on every topic you could think of.
The course is definitely hard work; the hours are long, and every new topic presents fresh challenges. Thankfully the atmosphere is friendly and supportive - everybody is working hard to help you succeed. The incredible teachers (I cannot stress enough how great they are) are there to make sure you’re always challenged, but never overwhelmed.
Le Wagon was honestly one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to take advantage of everything I learned there in my career.
As an undergraduate student, I had many ideas I wanted to put to life. However, I soon realized that I needed to further develop my skills to create projects of my own. I soon turned to coding because it was the most resourceful way to put ideas to life, I mean all you need is your laptop! So I started off by doing some free online courses but the pace at which I was learning was too slow; I needed a better way to learn. That's how I found Le Wagon. My experience at Le Wagon was an experience of a lifetime. The camp teaches you not just about code, but about so much more. Being with extremely motivated and passionate people all day for 9 weeks, you learn to develop a work ethic that will translate into every other aspect of your life. You also learn to develop a business mindset to increase efficiency and productivity when working in a group, but also by yourself. The camp also incourages you to go to meetups and network with as many people as you can in order to find as many job opportunities as possible. However, most importantly, it was fun. I enjoyed every second of the camp and will do it all over again if I could. Shoutout to all the amazing teachers and fellow students who taught me so much!
I joined Le Wagon in the aim of changing jobs from my career in tech PR. Before starting, I was learning online but felt I needed to learn full time to solidify my knowledge and find a permanent role.
Due to my previous experience in communication agencies, I had intended on finding a project management role. However, during the course I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed coding and became determined to find a role in software development itself. The teachers explain things in a practical way and turned intimidating tasks into something understandable. The mix of early morning classes, exercises in the afternoon and the live code mean you learn as a class and put it into practice on your own. At every stage of the course, there was a teacher or teaching assistant who was there to support you.
Additionally, the students at Le Wagon are awesome. I feel I have a broad network who can not only help me professionally but whom are also my friends. Without a doubt if you are considering taking on the challenge of this course, go for it!
I taught English as a Second Language to international students for two years before finally deciding to make the leap and apply for Le Wagon Tokyo. I had been wanting to learn to code for years, but starting and staying motivated alone was hard. Prior to Le Wagon, I had finished multiple online coding courses - but at the end of it all, I still couldn't create anything on my own. I didn't fully understand what I was doing in the lessons - I was passively following the guided instructions and exercises instead of actively grasping and applying the concepts. There was also no one I could turn to for help if I was struggling or had questions.
Here's where Le Wagon came in: the bootcamp gave me the structure, the resources, the community, and the drive to finally commit to learning coding full-time. Being surrounded by motivated classmates from nine different countries and taught by international teachers each specializing in his or her lecture topics was inspiring and pushed me to work hard through the long hours each day. For the first time, I found myself looking forward to going to class and becoming completely absorbed in my studies. By the end of the first week, I had learned more from the Le Wagon teachers than I had in my past year of self-studying. I usually have a short attention span, but during the course I would be so intently coding that I'd forget to stop to take breaks. I was impressed by how much programming knowledge the teachers were able to pack in for us in just two months' time. My favorite part of the bootcamp was working with my team on the group project during the last weeks of the program. There was a sense of camaraderie and achievement as we communicated, collaborated, and coded together everyday for hours on end, and all of us voluntarily continued working long after class had ended each day and on the weekends too. Our endless hours of work culminated in the demo day presentation on the last day of class which was a great success for all the teams!
Overall, I had an amazing time at Le Wagon Tokyo and am sad that it's over now. I'm so glad that I decided to do this program, because I had been very unsure about taking the initial leap and quitting my job to come here. I loved the intensive daily learning alongside my teachers and classmates, the interesting Thursday night events, the weekly Friday night class hangouts and karaoke sessions, the group chatting on Slack with the party parrots, and the immersive final weeks of coding with my team to create and polish our final product. It honestly all feels like a dream now and I'm reluctant to return to my old life and reality!
In a world with a huge increasing population, in which industrial and digital innovations are raging: international relations are changing, visions and customs are changing, so are our ways of life. The challenges for each of us are every day bigger. After some research and discussions, I decided to follow Le Wagon which allows its students to integrate the essential concepts to become a full-stack developer and meet these new challenges.
My experience at Le Wagon Montreal (https://www.lewagon.com/montreal), in the batch #98, was a real step to new perspectives. This allowed me to discover the front & back end sciences, to master the tools used by the majority of start-ups, to exchange with other students from all over the world… Having done it in Montreal was important as well: it allowed me to discover a different world, with different opportunities and visions that allow ripening our own projects.
I recommend Le Wagon Montreal for all those looking to gain in autonomy and creativity for the rest of their personal and professional lives. Filled with positive vibes, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I return to Paris with the feeling that everything is now easier and easily affordable!
After graduating in business administration and some internships in banks and working in my family’s business, I decided it was time to change the course of my career and devote myself to something I always wanted to learn.
So I tried to learn to code by myself for a few months by watching online courses and reading some introductory books. Soon I realized that at the pace I was in, it would take too long for me to be able to enter the market. Then I decided that the best thing to do to speed up my learning pace would be to enroll myself in a bootcamp program.
After a few weeks researching bootcamps in Brazil and abroad, it became clear to me that Le Wagon’s fullstack program was the best option. I signed up and dived for a nine weeks immersion in this technological learning challenge. During this period I had contact with people from a wide range of fields, all of them with the common focus of learning how to code. Some of them aiming to get hired, like me. Other ones aiming to start a business. Le Wagon’s methodology, with an ideal amount of theory and lots of practice every day makes the experience and the learning pace just excellent. The alumni network is very supportive to answer questions and to find jobs. The Wagon Talks, which weekly puts the students in touch with entrepreneurs and industry professionals are a great way to get advices and inspiration.
The last two weeks are without doubt the most intense. Create, design and code a fully functional product during this period really challenged me. This is the closest you can get to the challenges of an IT career. This is because many of these products end up going to market.
After the the program, my initial goal of being hired by a company has changed a bit and I decided to launch a startup with a friend I met in the bootcamp. We are improving the product we created during the program and soon it will be in the market. Undoubtedly the Le Wagon program has changed my life and my only regret is not having done it before
I’m a detail oriented globetrotter geek... who has always been flirting with tech, innovation and languages. Previously I have been working as pilot on ships and rigs for oil and gas companies. It allowed me to experience multiple cultures and to live abroad back and forth in London, Seoul, Paris.
After 10 years in industry, I decided it was time to move forward, being up for more challenges. Embracing my geekness was imperative, then I did some research on how to dig deeper on coding, then I found Le Wagon.
Why Le Wagon?
Focus on hands-on and immersive learning. Basically we develop our own product thinking like an entrepreneur in just 9 weeks. I did not want to attend university-like classes anymore, mostly because it is slow pace and time consuming.
Le Wagon experience was intense, cooperative and fun. This was the perfect match I was looking for.
Having a full stack level (back-end as well as front-end) was the challenge I was up to in order to improve my skills as a self-taught coder. Another thing that influenced my choice was the fact that Le Wagon is present in various cities spread in plenty of countries, which can collaborate for a more multicultural experience. That’s why I chose it.
We were part of the first batch in Rio de Janeiro. Awesome! Half of my colleagues were foreigners coming from countries like France, Germany and Morocco, other half locals from different regions of Brazil. Teachers were professional developers from France and Brazil and they knew exactly what they were talking about, being very competent and professional. Assistants were around to help solve things that we could not solve though buddy-system. Our daily immersive journey was 12 hours of coding... and everyday new knowledge was presented and we applied them in multiple layers of exercise, with progressive difficulty levels. It was available also the recording of the classes, so if we missed a detail, we could simply roll-back and check. By the end of the day, we had a live code session, which every peer is invited to collaborate to solve a problem usually through an algorithm. Time flew by in the first 6 weeks, and with all the knowledge built we could move towards 3 weeks of product development. We presented ideas of project, pitched them, networked for completing a group and started developing. Social aspect was key to succeed. We also had lots of fun along the way... Yoga classes to deal with stress and beer every now and then. And Carnival... but for this, I skip the details
9 weeks in a fast pace. We learned why, when, where and how to code in structured way. It opened my mind with the showcases of the digital solutions we see everyday, everywhere.
Code Kata. We practice so intensely, that knowledge remains after the bootcamp is over. Also the whole material is available, so if you missed something, it is just few clicks away from catching up.
Entrepreneurial view. We experience how a digital product is designed, built and accessed. Projects are similar to real-world production environment, which keeps the urge to see how it will come to life, which problems we will face and how to overcome them.
Reinvent yourself. Le Wagon changed me in more ways than I could expect. Basically it allowed me to migrate from an analog life to a fully digital one. I learned new skills, new platforms, new people. Understanding all this took me sometime, but no regrets after all.
Socializing. Fun is part of the experience. Don't hold back! Go for beers, burgers and parties. And be ready to code by the first time in the morning aka coffee, coffee, coffee!
9 weeks in a fast pace. Sometimes the concepts you just learned appears to vanish away from your mind... it is just a lot in a few time! Take a deep breath, go for some coffee and don't give up! It is very helpful and good practice to review the concepts of the previous class during breakfast, so as by the time you arrive in class, all knowledge is there.
I’ve always wanted to code and Le Wagon impressed me from the start. The experience is totally immersive and with the great people it attracts I found myself loving it instantly.
The structure of the course is so well thought out. We learnt the problem-solving mindset, the logic, the code, and how to go about improving it. We were given new challenges every day to work on with our buddy and readily available teaching assistants to help guide us through the tough parts.
All the teaching assistants are incredible and really take the time to read your code and help you approach the situation from your angle. The buddy system is a real perk as it gives everyone the chance to get to know and learn from each other.
The first few weeks are hard – Le Wagon is not an easy ride. But if you’re motivated to learn and willing to ask questions, you will get so much value out of your time there.
The project weeks essentially teach you how to learn so you can build almost any feature you can dream up. We decided what features we wanted and then worked out how to implement them – which felt amazing. Watch any demo day and you’ll be inspired to see the variety and scope of the projects.
I cannot recommend Le Wagon highly enough. You’ll be amazed at what you can be capable of after 9 weeks!
Before Le Wagon I was an English teacher at an international university. Besides some experience in Educational Technology (for example, collaborative learning through Learning Management Systems like Blackboard or shared document platforms such as Google Drive), I had no IT or programming skills. As coding had been a skill I was interested in learning, I decided to take the dive and after some intensive research, I found that Le Wagon suited my needs perfectly.
Overall Le Wagon was a great and formative experience for me! As expected, the boot camp was intensive and strenuous, particularly as a complete beginner, but the support given by the teachers and the collaborative learning system helped me understand programming concepts and mindsets that I would have otherwise not been able to comprehend easily on my own. The friendly learning environment also made the social aspect of living in a new place much more palatable.
After the boot camp I took a small break from coding, but I've found it's easy to jump right back into it because all of the materials from the camp are accessible after the program finished, and I've learned from the boot camp how to tackle coding problems by myself (Ruby-docs and Stack Overflow are your friends!). My plan is to become a freelance programmer, and I'm 100% confident I'll be able to sustain myself through the skills I learned through Le Wagon.
I greatly recommend Le Wagon for its effective teaching methods and constant support in and after the camp! As someone who wanted to start fresh in a new career path, it was the best choice for me.
I joined Le Wagon in July 2017 in Paris during my gap year. I am studying in a business school and it was the first time I coded ever. While initially sceptic about the possibility to become a coder within a few weeks, I acquired thanks to a 9-week intensive program the necessary skills to be on the right track. Le Wagon coding program provides all the tools needed to learn how to code a web application. The strength of Le Wagon bootcamp is in its community for several reasons:
- Staff / Teachers: Thanks to all of them, Le Wagon is not a coding bootcamp but an experience. Learning how to code is not easy and requires discipline but the staff makes sure that you are not left behind and have fun.
- Class / Events: you are always working with the other students on the exercises so the staff will do its utmost to create a warm and friendly team environment by organising activities, lectures and parties.
- Job Opportunities: according to the one’s wishes, the staff and the community will help you to find an opportunity (web development, consulting, project/product management) or freelance contracts.
- Community-Mutual-Aid: The community is very active, events are organised, job offers are shared and whatever the issue with your code, just post a message and you get the answer within a few minutes (!)
I accepted a job opportunity as a web developer 15 days before my graduation day. As I underlined, in addition to the quality of the teaching and of the dedication and support of the staff, the experience is by itself amazing and very rich. Thanks to the community, this experience with Le Wagon is still going on!
Baptiste Horn Batch#83 in Paris
Technology is something that I always liked, that's why I decided to major in computer engineering. It was that moment when I started to love coding, as c++ was the first programming language I learned my passion for coding started to grow. I wanted to know more and increase my knowledge in that aspect. While online courses may teach you the syntax, they can't teach you how to solve problems or think in various ways to reach a certain solution.
After searching for something different for a while I found Le Wagon Tokyo. At first I was a bit hesitant to take the course as I was short on time and the course took place in Tokyo (Japan) which is very far from my country. I didn't even know if it was worth it , but i must say I'm really glad that i took it.
It was well worth it as it doesn't just teach you how to code, it teaches you how to think , to actually be able to solve a problem. Then it goes to teaching you everything you need to know on how to be able to build a colorful website, backend to frontend and how to use that knowledge to start your own projects or even work as developer which was my main goal from this bootcamp.
But furthermore, it wasn't only about coding and programming, we also had many activities there such as yoga sessions and group lunches. I personally met many many great people, from teachers to students and many others. I've gained many experiences from each of them, we worked together daily from 9AM to 7PM each day with a different partner, which in a way taught me how to work with different people and bonded the students together as well.
After graduation, I was finally able to call myself a full stack developer and I knew i was able to create any website I could think of. I honestly never imagined i could learn all of that in just 9 weeks, it was just GREAT.
Before Le Wagon Tokyo, I was teaching English in South Korea. I always had an interest in coding but I could never manage the time or the patience to teach myself after regular work hours. I was a bit reluctant at first to do a bootcamp. But after I read all of the rave reviews online about Le Wagon, I figured it was time to take a chance. I signed up for the first batch in Tokyo.
The course is as intense as everyone says it is. You get out of it how much you want to put in. You might as well push yourself if you're going to join a bootcamp, right? All of the exercises or extra work have a purpose in improving your skills. I still look back to some of my old code or lessons for helpful reminders.
The final project/pitch was a great experience that really challenged me in ways regular code work couldn't: working with peers, managing time, and meeting expectations. All of these are things that I deal with on a regular basis now and I'm grateful for the practice I had.
Afterwards, I found a job fairly easy. I was setup with a lot of contacts from the tech scene in Tokyo through all of the Le Wagon events. I'm currently working for an e-commerce startup that does a lot of work on Shopify. We develop apps, plugins, you name it, to help merchants and consumers in Japan. To this day, I still talk with a lot of people through the program and will be forever grateful for it.
I always knew that I wanted to code, but I was afraid to try as it seemed to me as something very difficult at that time, so I spent about half a year doing various online courses, but I still couldn't build anything by my own.
That's where Le Wagon shines, it doesn't simply teach you the syntax of the language, it gives you the mindset you need, it teaches you the way to approach a problem and solve it, because coding is not about the language syntax, it's the easiest part in fact, breaking down the task and finding the ways to build/solve the task is what coding is, syntax comes very easy when you know what you have to do.
The pace of the course is fast and I can say that it was pretty intensive, but you'd be surprised of what you can build after only 9 weeks of Le Wagon.
Le Wagon far surpasses any of my previous learning experiences! I’d even say that it’s more fun than most vacations I’ve had.
If you’re considering this course, you’re going to go through three stages:
Stage 1: You are skeptical that you can learn to code in 9 weeks.
I live in San Francisco, have had a career in operations in tech companies, and I am surrounded by coding bootcamps. There is literally one 500 feet from my apartment. Given my exposure to tech, and living in San Francisco, I was extremely skeptical that I could adequately learn full-stack development in 9 weeks abroad.
But, I decided to go with Le Wagon London for two reasons: The glowing reviews and the diversity of students (international and non-tech backgrounds). My goal was to learn full-stack development and make new friends from different walks of life.
Stage 2: You realize how hard coding is, and how good Le Wagon is at teaching it.
The first few weeks are spent learning the core fundamentals of programming and Ruby. The second half of the course is spent learning front-end, database, and rails – which includes a lot of real-world examples such as geo-location and payment processing.
The coursework is tough and the pace is grueling (close to 8 hours a day of coding!), but you have ample help with teammates, TAs, and the teachers themselves. I found it difficult even though I understood most of the core concepts before I came to the course as I had worked on the operations side of SaaS tech companies previously.
Luckily, the teachers are BRILLIANT. They are able to explain concepts so that anyone is able to understand them. That takes an extremely special skillset that all the teachers seem to do so easily.
The TAs are from previous batches. These are prior students who are helping you solve problems when some of them literally learned to code 9 weeks ago, which is amazing!! It was really helpful to learn from them, as they understand exactly what you are going through.
Stage 3: You realize that you get so much more than the amount you paid.
When I completed the bootcamp, I left with much more than I expected. I made genuine connections with my classmates, and surprisingly with the teachers and staff as well. All of them are so approachable, caring, and friendly. They want you to succeed, which is definitely something that’s missing from the San Francisco / Silicon Valley scene. These are people that I laughed with, cried with, and partied with during the 9 weeks. There was no forced interaction, it was all very organic, and they are now all friends for life.
You also leave with an extensive and international network of developers via SLACK that no other course can really compare with. It’s a huge network but it also feels very accessible. That is invaluable!
After telling my family and friends about the program. Many of them wanted to do the program! One of my friends already started the batch in Tokyo and she is loving it. My wife (who is a lawyer and has a great career) wants to go do an upcoming batch just to have a great experience and learn more about tech.
As for me, I’ve started working on my own ideas, and have even started learning Python on my own. My advice to anyone reading this is to do Le Wagon even if Ruby isn’t the language you want to learn. You will leave with a completely new mindset that will allow you to learn other languages rapidly!
I had a terrific experience @LeWagon Bordeaux Batch #85, never learn so much in such a short time. The atmosphere is super friendly and yet very professional. The teaching staff is dedicated, passionate and experienced.
I chose Bordeaux for 2 reasons. First, the entrepreneurial ecosystem is exploding and not saturated yet. Second, I am an outdoor lover. Having the beach, the countryside and Spain within easy reach was just a blast !!
I joined the Bootcamp to gain legitimacy and technicity as a product manager in the tech industry. Also, now that I know how to develop an MVP I am eager to launch my own project! ;)
I’m Robby, alumni at le Wagon in Paris (batch 83). I didn't know anything about coding before joining le Wagon. I was just a business analyst in the tech industry who wanted to learn code to have larger tech skills valuable in the industry. I can say that I am not disappointed, I was even surprised by the level that I acquired in only 2 months.
For a person like me who didn’t know how to Code and who finally built a music streaming app for influencers is just insane. And towards my initial goal who was to make valuable my skills in the tech industry, I can say that the skills I added to my profile were a strong added value that allowed me to land a job at Amazon Web Services. As a matter of fact, nobody should hesitate to join Le Wagon, it is a good investment, it is worth it.
Before Le Wagon I was in my third year at Queen Mary University. While studying, I founded a P2P learning platform where students can learn form other students that aced their module. We had over 60 hours of tutoring during the 2 weeks of testing. I felt I needed technical knowledge to take my business to the next level and let me tell you that Le Wagon did not let me down!
The program consists of 9 weeks of pure hard work. I learnt more at Le Wagon than during my 3 years at business school (and I was a good student). But the best part of it is the people. I met the best teachers I ever had there and made amazing friends.
So if you are willing to excel and make the best out of your time don't think it twice and join Le Wagon.
Le Wagon is surely one of the best experiences I had in my life, even more than I could have expected!
Before the bootcamp, I studied engineering and I was taught high school students, but I wasn’t really satisfied with my work, my studies and the environment.
I’ve always been really curious about modern technologies and the start-up world, so I decided to try to understand how all the instruments we are using today are working, searching the web and following online tutorials to learn how I could build some prototypes of ideas I had in mind, but I found out that online tutorials were’t enough for me to really learn to code and build my own products, so I decided to look for a coding bootcamp.
After some researches on the internet I found in Le Wagon the place that perfectly suited my needs and applied for a summer course in Lisbon… the best choice I could have done!
The way the entire bootcamp is organised is just awesome! All the people involved, the drivers, teachers and all the other students, were from the first moment amazing and always friendly.
The first weeks of the bootcamp are focused on Ruby, a very modern and powerful back-end language, and are really hard if you are not accustomed to staying all day at a computer, but once time passes and Ruby notions are quickly building up along with front-end languages, it became more and more fun!
The second part of the school is focused on Rails, an incredible framework built on Ruby, that allows you to build amazing products with very powerful features.
Learning to collaborate is also a very important step, and the final weeks of the bootcamp are all about collaboration: students are divided by groups and they have to build and deploy a web app in 2 weeks.
At the end of the bootcamp we had a great event where we presented our products, 7 amazing final projects built from 26 students from all over the world in just 2 weeks, and I felt very proud of everyone!
My groups final project was Papyru, an education platform that allows students and teachers to connect. We had to work really hard but we were all amazed by what we were able to accomplish in just 2 weeks!
Is very sad to finish the bootcamp, you really wish it could last forever! I made a lot of connections with awesome people and now I feel I have the freedom and the tools to build anything I want. I loved it, I’m still living in Lisbon working with the amazing people I met, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s into technology and wants to change his life!
I was fresh out of University and excited to join the work force, until I found myself with 3 years worth of theoretical knowledge… but no hard skills. I decided then and there that I wanted to: learn how to code, meet people in the Tech industry, and travel to a new country. That’s when I found Le Wagon.
I’m so grateful that I did, because I got exactly what I was looking for. At Le Wagon you learn from skilled and dedicated teachers. You meet new people pursuing similar goals. You become part of a highly active tech community. Also, most importantly, you get 9 weeks of being engaged and challenged (that was my favourite part).
As a candidate with these in-demand skills, I now stand out in my applications to multiple research programs. In the future, I hope to join a start-up and have more learning experiences. I feel that opportunities have opened up to me and for that I can thank Le Wagon.
Before, I was in the Real Estate business. I needed change. I had always been very attracted to entrepreneurship. Therefore I decided to join Le Wagon and it happened to be the best decision I made these last years! It was an incredible human experience! We learnt a lot of stuff in 9 weeks, including several famous web languages. Your business ideas also grow up during the program. You get to meet people who are in the same mood, and Le Wagon's reputation is very beneficial for what you do afterwards, whether you want to create a startup, find a job, or to start a freelancing career. I totally recommend it!
Before I started the wagon, I was a civil engineer in Paris and I was looking for a new challenge for my professional life. When I heard about the wagon formation, I had not any skills in web development or programing.
I spent nine week-end, in Lille at Le wagon for learning code and how to build a website. Firstly, le wagon has amazing tools to help students to progress and train on good exercice, that expérience was completely different from my study at university. I think they build a new way of how explain coding to students. The programs is divise in different part of topic such you approach all the different sections of a website.
Secondly, Francois Xavier the wagon driver and his teacher’s team organise a really good monitoring of the students, they take care of each of us during the 9 weeks, and follow that we progress in coding.
I would highly recommended this formation to everybody who wants have good skills in coding, it’s will really change your professional life, and open you doors that you couldn’t imagine !
It might be cliché but doing Le Wagon Montréal truly changed my life. Before the course, I was not working or studying anything related to coding or computer science. I came from a background of hockey refereeing, sound engineering and video editing. After completing Le Wagon Montreal’s 9 week coding bootcamp, I am still working and improving upon the final project we built in the last 2 weeks of the bootcamp. I learned how to build a website from scratch in just 9 weeks and now I’m using those skills to keep building the website for my business: zebrasclub.com. I also met a lot of incredible people because of the Wagon Talks, which provided access to entrepreneurs and influential people in the Montreal tech industry. That being said, the most important part of my experience is that I met great friends from around the world, and we continue to collaborate on my projects as well as theirs.
I have a degree in Humanities, and an assorted professional background in customer service, tourism, teaching, and NGO work. I spent the past 10 years moving around countries and continents, enjoying every job and place a fair bit, but never feeling completely satisfied with what I was doing. I didn’t dislike any of the jobs, but at the same time I felt stuck and like I had already plateaued. I’ve always loved (using) technology, so I’d been eyeing coding for a few years and started several free online classes, but even though I always enjoyed the coding itself, the online courses never really stuck. I just felt like the tech world was so distant from everything I was, that I always ended up slightly lost and discouraged, with no idea what to do next. I know that some people are fine learning like that from scratch, but for me it wasn’t working. I did really, really want to learn, but I felt like I needed something more concrete to start from, a network and solid basis, and Le Wagon gave me just that!
The course in itself was great. It is overall well thought out, you get a bunch of theory in the first three weeks (which I personally loved...not everyone does, and it is not always easy to understand why you are learning it during those first weeks, but it is so useful to have those basics later on even if you don’t remember all of it, trust me!), and then you learn how to actually make things that work and are useful! My final group project was a web app to connect refugees with potential employers in their new countries, so I learned how with coding I can still make things that are connected to my, completely different, professional background and personal interests. Everyone is a tech person, and everything can be made better with tech!
Apart from the curriculum, the most important part for me was the support of the teachers and TA’s, and the rest of the group. I think at Le Wagon they understand that group unity is important to make the learning easier, so there is a special attention to that. I truly felt supported by everyone all the way through, and that made a huge difference on the hardest days when none of my code seemed to be working!
Another great thing at Le Wagon is that they know and believe that you don’t need a previous background in tech to learn coding! Everyone who gets in has the ability to learn this skill, and you will always be reminded of it if you ever feel bad about your pace of learning! Remember that it is a massive amount of work and learning done in 9 weeks, so you will feel overwhelmed often. There wasn’t a single person in my batch who didn’t go through at least a few days of learning hell (I had way more than a few ;) ). Just run with it, let the adrenaline carry you (but don’t forget to sleep and have fun during the weekends as well), and you’ll see that all those hours will eventually amount to something, even if it seemed like you weren’t achieving anything at the time!
My advice is to definitely do the bootcamp if you want to learn coding, and don’t worry too much about the immediate results. You’ll have all the learning materials available forever to practice and learn better, and professional developers have to look things up all the time anyway! It’s not about memorising data. Put in the hours of work, talk to the teachers, support your classmates, and you’ll come out of it with tons of inspiration, a new mindset, a new approach to work and learning, and a complete new understanding of coding.
I still have A LOT to learn about coding, but before Le Wagon I felt intimidated by it, like a small club I wanted to get into but wasn’t cool enough for. Now I feel like I’m already part of it, I know how to learn, I sort of know what I’m doing, and can’t wait to do more of it! I am excited (rather than scared) about my professional future for the first time in years, and that alone was worth all the bootcamp hours in the world!
Hi, I am Florent and I’ve been studying at le wagon last summer during 2 months. It has been an incredible experience and I did not mind for a second trading sunny holidays for a 2 month intense coding experience.
I graduated 2 years ago from a french business school and then lead operations in a startup in Paris. I wasn't a tech guy even if I usually had to deal with tech issues in my previous job. But no coding experience.
During 9 weeks, I’ve been able to:
- Learn from amazing teachers : Teachers are part of Le Wagon community and they are really good and very dedicated. You can feel their common will to push you moving forward everyday.
- Meet awesome friends : I am currently making projects with friends from my batch. It was a good opportunity to meet persons that share same interest.
- Be part of Le Wagon community : which gather thousands of great guys all around the world ready to help you.
If you want to build a MVP for a project, improve your coding skills, turn to product / UX jobs or just learn new skills, go for it, it is one of the best investment I have done so far :)
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