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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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 :)
What can you do in nine weeks? If you start a sport and take 9 intensive weeks of classes you'll barely be a beginner, if you take up a hobby (i.e. woodcarving) in 9 weeks you can do simple stuff. 9 weeks ago I was a finance graduate with no will to go and search a job in finance, with tons of ideas and no know-how on how to make them a reality.
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Let's not sugarcoat it, it's tough. There will be times where your brain simply won't cooperate (first few weeks in my case) but don't panic, it's normal, your brain is getting bombed with tons of new information. I was a student of Batch #93 London, and in the second week of boot camp I was attending the reboot classes (when you have some ideas of what you're doing but you're not entirely sure, they'll make you attend catch-up classes, best thing ever). The only coding experience I had before joining was copy-pasting command line commands from Google in a Linux vm just to have fun. So, in London, you'll find amazing people that are there to help you, any problem or thing that's not clear just file a ticket and remember everything will make sense once you start the Rails part of the program! At Le Wagon there is not the education system style where teachers are teachers and students are students, the people that are teaching you and helping you out on tickets are alumni of the course (so if they made it why shouldn't you?), every Friday evening you're out with your classmates and teachers drinking and partying.
A few tips:
- Do the online prep work
- Really do the online prep work and don't google the answers for the codecademy tracks.
- It's better to arrive at day 1 over-prepared than under
- Ask questions, don't worry your classmates are in the same boat as you
- Be curious, the people in front of you are an immense source of knowledge that will answer everything, and if they don't know the answer they'll sit down with you to help you figure it out.
- Enjoy it, you're about to embark on a 9 week long journey that will really change your life, even if you're attending the course and not planning a career shift you'll see things differently after the course.
9 weeks ago I was a finance graduate with ideas, now Le Wagon gave me the tools to create what I want, I have a hell of an mvp and people would actually hire me!
After seven years working at Goldman Sachs in London and New York, I took a sabbatical. I was looking for something different while capitalising on my business experience. The appeal of the Tech start-up industry became strong to me and I was looking for the best way to transition into this exciting ecosystem. Rated the best coding school in Europe & the World, I decided to roll-up my sleeves and do Le Wagon’s bootcamp in Paris.
Le Wagon’s promise: take motivated people with no coding experience and get them to learn how to develop web apps in nine weeks! How? With an extremely well though-out program, a highly competent teaching team, a fantastic educational platform and access to an ever growing alumni and network of start-ups.
From back-end to front-end, you get up to speed smoothly thanks to the balance between classes and coding challenges. There’s true support from the pedagogic team and all the right tools to help you succeed. Plus, beyond pure coding skills, you get to learn how to design a product the start-up way, dev as a team as well as how to master the many services you need to use to launch an app.
After six weeks, that’s it: you are ready to develop an Airbnb copycat in five days, final step before the last two weeks dedicated to your personal project. Promise held!
Le Wagon’s bootcamp it’s also getting into a mindset. It's a culture of learning, creating and even thinking. And if it’s foremost about coding, it’s also about the people. Be it other students, with their broad range of experiences and profiles or the pedagogic and management team, it’s one of those places where you only meet top individuals. Doing Le Wagon you’ll get the coding skills, the mindset and the network.
And when it ends…It’s not over! Lifetime access to the platform, connections to the best startups through events or newsletters, and even the opportunity to continue your training by becoming a teacher’s assistant. If you’re hesitating, trust me you shouldn’t. Don’t wait any longer and just apply!
I was one of the student of batch #77 in Montreal (summer 2017) and my only regret about LeWagon is that I didn't apply earlier !!
I'm currently studying in Entrepreneurship and before even starting the program, I realized that I had one major issue that I tried to solve without success. I had loads of ideas, but I couldn't transform them into a product that I could test and promote because I was not able to code by myself. I tried different online classes, CodeCademy, Treehouse, Udemy to name a few. After a year or so, I realized that I was not progressing fast enough. It would take me years to be able to code MVPs.
I looked online for different coding bootcamp. Le Wagon was the one offering not only a coding bootcamp but an access to a network of 1500+ alumni. Needless to say that being a part of that family is incredibly helpful in every aspect. The platform offers you access to a ton of content as well as design feedback, job opportunities, etc. Plus, every single question is answered in a matter of hours. It is by far the most disciplined community page I've seen.
On top of that Le Wagon is not just another coding bootcamp, the learning process revolves around two main topics. Coding is the obvious one, but entrepreneurship is also a big part of is learned. It would be the best training for any aspiring entrepreneur who wants to know how to code and have a better understanding of the technical part of the projects.
What an experience it was, while I'm finishing my entrepreneurship study, I am still impressed by what we learned in just 9 weeks. I can now work on ideas and products I wanted to code and have them finished before the end of the year.
It was 100% worth it and you won't regret it, stop waiting and go for it!!
I discovered coding by chance during an internship a few years before Le Wagon in a startup, and developed a real interest in the digital world from this point. I joined Accenture Digital for a job after this internship in order to do consulting around digital. After 2 years of working on digital projects between clients and developers, I felt the need to grow my technical skills and thought a bootcamp of a few weeks would be perfect. I decided to join Le Wagon because it is the best bootcamp in France and, luckily, also one of the best in the world. Plus, I had collected nothing but very positive feedback about this training from my friends / network.
With a business background, I classically started as a business developer in tech companies in France and Singapore but was facing a lack of legitimacy saying things I was not clearly understanding to clients. Having heard good things about le wagon from friends that did it, I decided to apply and be part of the 1st batch in Rio de Janeiro. The beginning was really tough for me, as I had absolutely no coding basis, but the program is organized in a way that you cannot resign and work in pairs helps a lot. In the last 10 days of the program, my mates and I built maisumapedida.com an F&B delivery solution for stadiums in Brazil and without Le Wagon, this would certainly never have happened. When they say "Change your life: learn to code" it has been true for me, I wish you the same :)
London batch #93, 2017
I am a linguist at heart, and got interested in coding languages when I started University. Then, I was studying to become a teacher of French abroad and only followed some courses online for CSS and HTML, which was both exciting and slightly frustrating because I didn't really know how to deploy a website.
When I decided to go for a more challenging career, a friend and Le Wagon alumni recommended Le Wagon's 9 weeks bootcamp to me, which he said was one of the best choices he had made in his life. He could not have been more right !
9 weeks might be fast-paced, and every week started by struggling with all the new knowledge, but it always ended with a big, fat feeling of satisfaction. Le Wagon's dedicated team of teachers and almunis here to guide you helped digesting all the different languages and tools we learnt, and they made it a fun adventure in probably the best community I'll ever be part of !
I could not believe our huge progress at the Demo Day in Google Campus, when my team presented our phone-first web app and coded in Ruby on Rails. I fell in love with front-end, the magic of SASS and eager to jump on the React train. I cannot wait to create many more cool UIs !
Now it is my turn to recommend Le Wagon's incredible experience. If you're curious about coding, or you'd like to bring your product to life, join with no hesitation ! Le Wagon's definitely one of the best choices I've made, and coding truly is addicting.
I have a background in agriculture, graduated as an Agronomist in 2014, and I’ve always been interested in technology and most of my work is related to it. But I felt that there was a big gap in my knowledge since I could not develop my ideas and even though I was studying programming in my spare time, I was not evolving in a good pace. So I decided to search for courses in technology here in Brazil to kickstart my career and suddenly there was a dilemma: I could either do a master’s degree that would last at least 1 and half-year or I could do some doubtful quality technical courses. Then one day my mother showed me an article about Le Wagon, I did some research about it and boom! It sounded perfect for me!
So I started Rio de Janeiro batch in July 2017 and learnt more programming skills in 9 weeks that I could even imagine! Don’t understand me wrong, Le Wagon is hard. It’s demanding. It’s full time and you actually spend more than 8 hours a day working on it. But somehow they make it learning hard concepts fun. It is fun to code! Sometimes you feel frustrated but when you manage to finish an exercise by yourself you feel amazingly smart. And the teachers are there to help you, they can feel your frustration and they help you on the right dose, just leading the way and telling what mistakes you should avoid.
From a pedagogical side, the course was perfect for me. The teachers were cool, the course was challenging, the exercises were hard and the students were into it. It is amazing how many nice people they managed to get in the same group, and people from all around the world with different backgrounds. And in the last few days, we had this enterprise vibe, everybody was on their groups working hard to build complex projects in a short time. In these last two weeks I could learn things that as a solo student would not be possible, working on teams, managing people, dealing with hard issues and actually building something with technology from scratch.
It was a deep, intense, hard but fun experience. I could attend great talks, and awesome social events. I am grateful to have learned so much in a short time, to meet interesting people and be part of a network of entrepreneurs, startups and people who want to make a difference. Le Wagon community is beautiful, we are part of a big international network of coders and if someone asks me if it was worth it the answer is, DEFINITELY!
Luiz Gustavo Zincone Neiva, Rio de Janeiro Batch #84
After years of playing around on CodeCademy I decided I wanted to up my game. I wanted to be able to turn my ideas into reality, and I felt that not knowing code was a barrier to my creativity. But at the same time I didn’t have the time, resources, or willingness to go and do a 4 year computer science degree. All I wanted to be able to do is launch a web-app. If that was ever successful I would hire people much better than me to do the rest of the coding. But at least I would be able to get something off the ground.
I had come across a coding bootcamp online a few years ago, so I started googling. If you have ever googled coding bootcamps you will know that there’s loads out there. If you haven’t googled it then trust me, there’s loads out there.
But for me there were 2 common problems:
1) A lot of bootcamps are focused on their graduates getting jobs as developers. Trouble is, I didn’t and don’t want to work as a developer. I wanted my money to go towards learning how to code, not making my tech CV look good, going to job fairs, and meeting with potential employers.
2) Pretty much all bootcamps, even the better rated ones (on Quora, SwitchUp, etc), had some pretty bad reviews. Even if they were rare, they were sometimes so bad that it turned me off them.
Then I found Le Wagon. Its main selling points to me where that they immediately overcame the issues above. They focus on you being able to launch an MVP by the end of the bootcamp, and they had only amazing reviews.
I think a big part of the story is expectation management, before the course as well as after. Web development is an incredibly complex and large field, and you can’t learn everything in two months (not even in 4 years). You are not going to be the best programmer in the world after the bootcamp. But you will be able to code and launch your own web apps. And even more importantly, you will be equipped with all the tools and concepts you need to continue learning on your own at a significantly faster pace than before. Now that I’ve done the bootcamp I’m actually considering applying for some developer roles and I feel very prepared to do so.
So first of all I am now a massive believer in bootcamps. I think they are the way forward and I got a lot more practical value from a two-month bootcamp than from a three-year university degree. But mostly I am a massive advocate of Le Wagon specifically. When I first read all the reviews online I could hardly believe that anything, not just bootcamps, could exclusively have such positive reviews. But now I can see why. The curriculum is thorough yet concise, the staff and teachers are awesome and dedicated, and the community is full of great people. Its not a cheap 2 months - no bootcamp is - but the people here care. They are not here to take your money and spit you back out with minimal coding skills or to get you any job so they can boost their own meaningless metrics. If you’re considering a bootcamp, do it. And do it with Le Wagon.
Montreal Batch #63 2017
My name is Lionel and I'm from Belgium. I'm a 3D Graphic Designer but I've always been interested about Web Development, especially Web Design. I'll give you some life context so that you can understand why Le Wagon was such a game changer for me !
After my studies, I worked few years in Belgium as a graphic designer but then I decided to leave my comfort zone and travel the world. I've been to Australia, New Zealand, and Asia during more than a year, working as a freelancer to carry on my trip. During my studies, I gained a set of skills combining rigour, technique, and creativity but something was missing : coding.
I knew le Wagon for a while but I was working and was busy on some projects, so not able to apply for the bootcamp while I was in Europe. But when I was in Indonesia, I received my canadian visa and at the same time I heard Le Wagon will do his first batch in Montreal in February 2017. It was a sign and the perfect timing so I told myself, LET'S DO THIS ! My only regret ? I didn't apply earlier !!!
It was an amazing experience and I'm still in touch with most of my classmates and teachers. Le Wagon is not only an amazing community, it's also a family. After Le Wagon, with one of my classmates, we've decided to work as freelance Web Developers during our freetime and after only 3 weeks I found a job in a great startup as a Front-End Developer ! Plus, I'm also now a Teacher Assistant for the next batch and will do my best to give the students the best experience possible, as I got.
Honestly, I'm really impressed by what we learned in just 9 weeks and I'm so glad I did it because I can now combine my graphic design skills with web development. So don't hesitate guys, it's 200% worth it and you won't regret it for sure.
My journey in coding started way before I actually wrote my first lines of code. I have always had an immense curiosity on how everything behind our screens worked, and nevertheless, it took me 5 years to place myself in that spot. Why 5 years? Because I spent 4.8 years doubting if it was the right decision to take. Today, I encourage people to do it on day one! It will take you 2 months with Le Wagon to make this shift in your life!
This is my story: I graduated as an engineer in Buenos Aires - Argentina, and immediately started working for LATAM's top airline. During my first 2 years, I designed Argentina's domestic commercial schedules, and for the last 2 years, I worked in Chile in its headquarters as a team leader assessing operational KPI and projects. Both were amazing jobs, but neither my dreamed one. I wanted something that could let me drive and decide for myself every day. It was then when I realized I should follow my passion for coding. The corporate world wasn't going anywhere, and the benefits of doing the boot camp were way bigger than staying in my company... What's more, I was just thinking from the knowledge perspective!
What's best is that the boot camp has several benefits that one cannot see when applying. You get to meet people from all over the world and learn how other cultures address same pains - in my case, +15 different countries! You surround yourself during 9 weeks with positive people and at the same time enter Le Wagon's amazing coder community. By choosing the city you can enjoy living during 2 months where you always wanted to; not to mention awesome anecdotes you might take home! I'll never forget Barcelona's culture, food, weather, and parties!
With regards to Le Wagon, I am proud to say that it gave me more than what I expected. Teachers were not only professional but also at the distance of a question - even now after the course! Knowledge was handled in the right doses so as to push us one step closer to self-independence learning and coding! I believe they manage to create an amazing coding school not only because they have amazing coders, but also because they have great people working there.
I spent the last 4 years advising companies in the field of mergers and acquisitions. I have always been driven by fascinating entrepreneurship stories and very passionate with new technologies. Founder stories nurtured my entrepreneurial spirit from an earlier age. However, I frequently felt frustrated when I wanted to give life to my projects. Tired of brainstorming and generating new ideas without executing them, I decided to join Le Wagon in order to have the tools required to build a fully functional MVP.
Before Le Wagon, I had absolutely no knowledge of code. I tried online courses, but I found them too theoretical and I had some difficulties to get the big picture. The methodology used by the Wagon is highly effective. Courses are well structured and deeply focused on practice. Qualified teachers explain key concepts in detail, while a large proportion of the day is dedicated to practical exercises.
During the last two weeks, you code your own project and understand how to work successfully as a team. At that time, it all comes together, from the design to the development of web applications. I had the opportunity to develop a product I had in mind for a long time. My team and I were able to build a property management software for landlords (Zenkey) in only two weeks. I was really impressed by the solution we developed in a short period of time.
Joining Le Wagon means also becoming part of a family. Former students are either working in successful startups, as developers or product owners, or are running their own business. More importantly, this community of entrepreneurs and developers will support you in your future challenges.
By the end of the bootcamp, you will be able to build your own web application from scratch and you will have the basics to keep learning new frameworks. I am now able to fully apprehend the technical issues related to digital projects. Hereafter, I want to use these new skills in building my own company. I am deeply convinced that this bootcamp helped me save time and money in this journey.
Whether you want to strengthen your technical skills, design and build your own product or become a developer, do not hesitate to join Le Wagon.
Before I started Le Wagon, I was working as a finance analyst in a large corporate organisation. After graduating from a business school, that seemed like the ideal job. Soon I realised it wasn’t, but it took me a long time to figure out what I actually wanted to do.
I started coding because it seemed that it might be a useful skill no matter what my future plan would be. I started with taking some courses at Codeacademy and realised that I actually really enjoyed doing that but also that its really hard to learn it on your own. I started looking for immersive programs to learn it faster and better and thats how I ended up at Le Wagon.
The nine weeks were an amazing experience. The first weeks were quite tough but the help from the teachers and buddies helped a lot to really get the basics right. The thing I loved about the course is the project we did during the last two weeks. It was great to put the learning in practice and work together in a team to make sure we really understood everything. We worked on Frida - an online art school. It felt like a major achievement to present our demo on demo day and we delivered something I’m still very proud of.
I would highly recommend Le Wagon, it opened so many doors for me and I couldn’t imagine myself in my old job anymore. It’s sad that it’s only nine weeks so enjoy it while it lasts!
I have been part of the Wagon Bordeaux Batch #67.
I coded when I was in high school but in university I chose to study Social Sciences. For years, I though I can't retake my programming passion. But, three months ago, I knew le Wagon. My first impression was mistrust, I can't believe be able to learn coding in just 9 weeks. I did some research and meet some Le Wagon alumni, everybody recommended le Wagon. Then I decide to enroll.
The 9 weeks were one of the most amazing experience in my life. The pedagogical curriculum is made to encourage you to learn. Everyday, we had to learn a couple of new concepts.. It was hard, but this is the only way to learn a lot in a so short time. The pace is military, you can't stop and rest, you must learn, learn, learn... A lot of effort but it's worth it.
Now, I feel confident to continue learning programming (Yes, because a good developer never stop learning). I'm doing some freelance projects and working in my MVP.
If you are interested to enroll in Le Wagon, just watch the Demoday videos (https://www.lewagon.com/demoday/67) , you will see the amazing projects you will be able to do after 9 weeks.
Before Le Wagon I was working as a Venture Capital Analyst and before that I was a Credit Analyst for Bpifrance in the innovation department. With my degree and working experience in engineering, the logical next step for me was to get technical skills to open up other doors. I tried to enrol for Le Wagon in Paris but it was full, so I decided London was close enough.
My experience at Le Wagon in London was amazing! The teachers and the students were all amazing people, everyone was working very hard but in a really nice atmosphere. Everyday after the morning lecture, you work with your designated buddy for the day on several exercises in order to perfectly understand the new topics. If you are stuck or have any question on an exercise, other students or teachers are always there to help you fix your problem. At the end the day you realize that you know way more than when you woke up; you have a live-code to practice your new skills as a group and then it's beer time, you talk with everyone and make very good friends.
At the end of the 4th week, you can pitch a web app idea so other students can vote for it, and develop it with you as a 3 or 4 people team during the last two weeks. I personally pitched my own idea and it was selected. My project was about making an app that based on your tastes suggest you a recipe that you could cook and generate its shopping list. You can see the result here: www.hubert-cooks.com
As a conclusion I'll say that Le Wagon is a really important step in my life, I met new friends for life and finally found something that is really useful and really enjoyable to do: to code!
I love Le Wagon for so many reasons!
One being this thing they call ‘reboot’ – little “Are You Okay?” checkpoints integrated into the curriculum right at the beginning. You’ll live-code in a smaller group, tackle problems together and more importantly, work at a slower pace. This really helped me solidify certain concepts I was struggling to grasp and gave me the confidence I needed to progress.
Highlight numéro deux! Le Wagon’s teachers and teaching assistants are awesome – I mean, how else did I make it till the end!? All them know exactly what you’re going through – most of them did the bootcamp themselves! – so raise lots of tickets (Le Wagon speak for ‘putting your hand up’), get the help you need and don’t worry about asking silly questions.
And of course, I love the community! Learning alongside an altogether lovely group of people made those tough days so much better. When I started, I wanted the course to end ASAP. Fast forward a few weeks and I couldn’t imagine learning to code anywhere else. The Demo Day after-party is also a riot …I’ll leave it at that!
Thank you Le Wagon for helping me become a designer who codes! YAY!!!
Three months ago, there was Jules: a front-end web developer working remotely on CMS such as Wordpress, Prestashop..
Now, there is Jules from Le Wagon: a junior full-stack developer, who knows and understands what is under the hood :wink:
The truth is: I am that (new) guy.
I started with a few basic skills (html, css..), my clients were pretty satisfied but I was not.
My lack of knowledge was frustrating for me: what if a client wanted a website “from scratch”, how could I do if it required more skills than expected, especially if it involved the “back-end”? (the hidden part of a website).
To answer these questions, I decided I would find a way to improve my skills.
I talked about Le Wagon to some friends, and they were dithyrambic: just do it... if you can.
During the bootcamp, some of the most essential skills I acquired were to think and work as a developer, as well as to be able to understand the lines of code produced by other developers. It’s important as it shows you different ways of thinking and problem-solving.
This bootcamp is more than just an intensive 9-week coding program that teaches you all from programming to designing a web product, it’s a real family and an amazing tech community that you join. The teaching staff is very dedicated and helps you out throughout the whole length of the bootcamp.
I now have left my first career behind and I have started a new one as a freelance frontend developer. Of course I’m still in the middle of that path but I now know what I want to do and how I can achieve it. I’m also a Teaching Assistant at Le Wagon Paris now.
Therefore, if you want to know how to build your own digital projects to understand what a MVC model means, but also to be able to work and clearly communicate with developers to get things cleaned and done, I would recommend you this program.
Le Wagon batch#48 Paris
Le Wagon is clearly the best training experience I had in my life. The pedagogy is really perfect, pushing you into learning by doing and manipulating all the core concepts of programming by blocks that you later assemble to be able to create a project from A to Z. At the end of Le Wagon, you are autonomous to strengthen your knowledge in programming and learn new languages.
More than just acquiring pure technical knowledge, you also learn the best practices to work on a product-oriented web project with other people. The community is awesome and supportive, during and after the end of the bootcamp. You are part of a family and can find other alumni glad to help you out all around the world.
My name is Mathieu, I was part of batch#70 for 9 weeks which took place in Paris from April to June 2017.
Before joining Le Wagon, I was already a student in computer sciences but I was looking for a faster way to get expertise and get a job .
A friend of mine, who had done the program, told me about Le Wagon and explained that he was designing a product and wanted to rise his start up shortly.
He told me his experience was awesome and that it would be for me a great opportunity that I should not miss.
During my interview, I felt confident and I felt like I was about to immerse myself into this place for 9 full weeks.
On the very first day, four of us got there one hour in advance, impatient and excited to start this new adventure. Those four people became subsequently my friends.
This experience was amazing, we have been supervised by Teachers and passionate Teaching Assistants. We were ready to give the best of ourselves. And we knew for a fact that they were going to lead us to success.
Sometimes, I even forgot to get lunch because of being too much focused on coding.
Despite the toughness of the first few weeks, our good mood and the share of our motivation, there was a pretty good atmosphere .
Every single day, you get to work with a different person which brought a rich social and human dimension to this learning experience.
Numerous meetups and afterwords were organised in order to make us get a deep dive into the tech world.
Afterwards, we learnt about databases, the Ruby Language and web front-end, then we finished the four last weeks with Rails that were, to my mind, the best weeks I have ever spent in my life!
The real difficulty was to learn how to code in groups as well as to respect the due date for the projects such as the Airbnb-clone.
I succeeded in joining a passionate group led by an artist whose project was called Let's Curate. The aim is to put artists in touch with each other so that they can organise an exhibition together.
Le Wagon will remain in my memory forever. I learnt a lot of skills, I made a lot of friends but I also earned a family.
Nowadays, I am working in a Parisian Web Agency and as a junior Ruby on Rails Full Stack Web Developer.
I think that it was one of the best experiences in my life and I know it was hard but would do it again. You should try it as well. You won't be disappointed.
After 8 years as a Marketing Manager, the desire of launching my own project was so big that I finally decided to leave my job to try it.
One of my most important wishes was to stop wasting my time in too many meetings, and to find meaning by concretely building something on my own.
Because my project is an app, I needed to learn a lot about code. I think I’ve always had a quite good culture about web, but as a marketer who used to work with agencies. Technically, I was a beginner who could not understand a word while looking at a code page!
A friend of mine told me about Le Wagon, which seemed to be the right solution for me, and that’s the way I finally integrated the batch70 from April to June 2017.
With hindsight, this program was a useful transition between my old job and my new working life. First, it’s helpful and inspiring to meet people who have the same problematics. Then, I re-learned to stay focus on the same subject more than 10 minutes (with no phone calls or colleagues interruptions :)), and to use my brain in a faster way. It’s also motivating to see that I was able to understand programming languages basics in a few weeks!
Moreover, the pedagogic concept runs well with me. The buddies system and the « try-to-find-yourself-before-asking-to-the-teacher » spirit showed us how to work as a developper, to be autonomous, but also to work as a team efficiently.
And now that I’m on my own, even if my batch is over, I can still access all the resources Le Wagon gave us, and exchange with all the alumni. That is really useful and I feel more than ever ready to work on my project!
Before Le Wagon Bootcamp, I used to have a good position in a multinational company. But for several reasons, I wanted a carreer change. One day, I watched a video on the internet about LeWagon Bootcamp. Since then, I am completely found of web developing, and I won’t stop. When I joined the bootcamp, I realized that Lewagon is more than a bootcamp, it is a real human adventure where we meet incredible people. Everybody is passionate and ambitious. The community of developers is growing every day! We share good practices, job offers, and so on. Today, I feel comfortable with launching my own project. In fact, I’ve learned the best practices to work on a tech product. That’s why I definitely recommend LeWagon!
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