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 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!
As a marketing project manager at one of the leading classified ads company in France, I decided to go to Le Wagon bootcamp to be more operational, to have a transverse vision and to code the projects I specified. The training, very intense, highly rewarding both from a human and intellectual point of view give me the necessary set of skills to carry out all possible web projects imaginable. The pedagogy and the tools provided are of a very high quality, thanks to LeWagon, I code every day at work and I love it!
Last but not least, LeWagon community is very large and powerful, which allows us to have mutual support and to discover many opportunities.
I’m passionate about computers and tech in general, I’ve learned everything I know about it all on my own, I’ve learned a little bit of programming in school and a bit of HTML and CSS but never dove too much in it.
One day, someone told me about LeWagon Bordeaux, I was looking for a job at the time and I said to myself, “since I like programming, why not go head and take my chance in this world?”, since then, two months have passed and I found a true new passion by the name of “Web developing”, I truly love making web apps.
During batch#67 at LeWagon Bordeaux, I programmed an app called “Happynvestor”, an app which helps you find the perfect real estate to buy so you can make the best profit out of it, I programmed it in ten days with three of my fellow alumnis, this was a really intense and learnful, both humanly and technically.
This bootcamp was exactly what I needed to learn code properly and start my career as a freelancer, the amount of skills you learn in two months is insane but really awesome, this was, without a doubt, the best experience of my life and I’ll do it again and again.
So, if you are still in doubt, just stop, go for it, you won’t regret it.
I attended Le Wagon’s coding bootcamp in Bordeaux from April to June 2017, whose aim is to train students to become FullStack Developers in nine weeks. At first it sounded like a tough job regarding my weak programming skills at that time, but after doing some research and meeting former students during events such as Meetups, I decided to give it a try. Or another chance to be more accurate. As a matter of fact, I already had a small experience as a programmer as I had already developed a few websites 10 years earlier. However, a poor teaching methodology had led me to think that coding wasn’t for me and that maybe I was meant to do something completely different. Several years and several jobs later, here is an opportunity to start from scratch and to eventually get a decent level in programming. The least I can say is that Le Wagon’s course went far beyond my expectations and I am convinced that the initial challenge was taken up by every single student of the batch. No matter if you have already coded or not and no matter how fast you are to learn and acquire new knowledge, you will eventually get to it. And if you struggle, teacher assistants will make sure you catch up as quick as possible. As most of them are former alumnis of Le Wagon, they are in a good position to provide very specific support to students. It is amazing how many subjects you can go through in nine weeks: Ruby, HTML, CSS, JQuery, Ajax, MySQL... and of course Ruby on Rails where you combine everything you have learned so far. Anyway, if you feel like giving your career a new boost, you can find every information you need on https://www.lewagon.com. Feel free to take a look at the projects realized by the students during the last 10 days of the course. Along with 3 of my classmates, we managed to build from scratch a website aimed at bar tenants to help them looking for artists available in their city. Check it out: http://onmuze.com
Hery, Auto-entrepreneur, batch#67 alumni, Le Wagon Bordeaux.
My Le Wagon Bordeaux journey? Well, let's get it straight: it was totally mental but worthed the pain 10 times!
Perhaps other students came into it with some web developpement knowledges already acquired but I went into it like from scratch. I wouldn't say from absolute zero because I made the required prep work before the bootcamp but almost ; and let me tell you: this was the best professionnal jump I ever made in my life!
Let's be immediatly clear : the fullstack program is incredibly hard but amazing. Everything, every courses serve a progressing main purpose and the Staff is highly trained to help you reach it. So I promise you this : it will work at the end of the day! I truly realized that the only real issue that you will have to face is... yourself.
"Bootcamp" here makes a real sense but if you hold on, if you do your best to keep up, there will definitely be an old you and a complete new you ready and eager to dig deep & code all day, every single day. This program is all about learning how to learn code.
I also finally understood why Ruby on Rails reveals itself to be the optimal choice for this 9 weeks program, especially for Entrepreneurship, As an entrepreneur who wanted to upgrade its set of technical skills, I can draw now by myself all the creative concepts I kept on my mind all this time. Because I had no idea of how to make them happen with no financial means to hire a developper. And now guess what? I have one : me! Not perfect, surely a junior one but definitely a web developper.
This is something I'd never thought I could do few months earlier... And now, I am just driven by one and only thing at a professional perspective: dig and practise more and more with many small little projects.
If you have a creative mind that only lacks technical skills to make your ideas come alive, I recommend you to just jump on this unstoppable train : https://www.lewagon.com/
I've been part of Le Wagon Bordeaux (https://www.lewagon.com/fr/bordeaux)
batch#67, from April to June 2017.
Before I join Le Wagon, I had a little developper experience, but not for the
web : C#.NET essentially ;
As I wanted to reorient myself as a web developer, it appeared that Le Wagon's
bootcamp was the perfect deal for me : a short and intense fullstack course.
9 weeks later, I found much more that what I was searching for : not only a set
of strong skills for web development, but also a rich human experience with a
new community : Le Wagon's great staff members, and my bootcamp teammates.
Le Wagon's pedagogical format is great : learning a programming language is like
learning a foreign language, and the best is to get immersed in.
I think that every student, regardless of his or her starting level, has
experienced a very significant learning curve.
Sounds perfect ? Yeah : I also felt in love with Ruby :)
Thank you Le Wagon for this great programming and human experience.
I had been wanting to learn to code properly for a while before joining Le Wagon. But I did not know how to do that, exactly. I never had the discipline for long-term self-studies, and was definitely not interested in spending years getting another university degree. Then one day, I found out about coding bootcamps, and immediately fell in love with the concept. A few months of fully immersive learning was exactly what I wanted. After some research I finally decided to apply for Le Wagon in Amsterdam.
Before I left, I was not sure that doing a two-month course abroad would pay off. People in Stockholm generally don't seem to know what a coding bootcamp is, so I did not know what employers would say about it. So I had somewhat low expectations for my post-bootcamp life, but decided to take a leap of faith anyway.
Despite my skepticism, everything turned out really well. I had an amazing time in Amsterdam, the teachers at Le Wagon were great and the curriculum well-planned. And shortly after returning to Stockholm I got a job as a Ruby on Rails developer in a small consulting firm. Also, our final project got accepted to a 6-month startup acceleration program in the Netherlands, which is really cool.
All in all, I'm very happy with my choice to join Le Wagon. The program doesn't teach you everything there is to know about computer science and web development (nobody can do that in 9 weeks), but it puts you on the right track and opens a lot of doors. I would definitely recommend Le Wagon to anyone dreaming of making a career transition to web development.
I attended Le Wagon bootcamp in January/February 2017 in Paris. Before applying to attend the bootcamp, I read many reviews saying it was an amazing training and that it was a life-changing experience. I can confirm now, it was.
Before Le Wagon, I was an entrepreneur and was working for my own company. Well, the business didn’t work out and I had to think about what to do next (going back to my previous previous job as a Marketer was not an option). I was feeling like I was missing something not knowing how to code. Plus, I wanted to stay in the startup system and coding skills were highly valued skills. So, after many researches, it became clear that Le Wagon was what I was looking for. So, I joined the batch#48 in Paris. And I loved it.
Everything was very well organized. You can feel that they have been improving the bootcamp batch after batch and that now the formula is almost perfect. Not only the courses were very qualitative and the methodology efficient, but the people I met there were all fantastic. The teachers were passionate, the staff was available and the community management was awesome, the students were all interesting and smart people from different areas. I am so glad I was part of the adventure.
I found a job right after the bootcamp as a backend developer. Beginning was tough, but thanks to Le Wagon I was really well prepared for technical interviews and the job that came after. The bootcamp is short and intense, but the foundations are solid. I am now starting a new career I enjoy so much thanks to Le Wagon, and I can still hardly believe it just took me 9 weeks to get there.
TL:DR: Le Wagon was awesome.
I’ve done lots of fun things with great people, and I’ve studied in a lot of places, but never have I experienced something that was such a great experience and taught me so much in such a short time.
My experience at Le Wagon, Batch #57 (Barcelona) was worth every penny, no question. I can’t imagine having a better learning environment with more supportive and knowledgeable staff and diverse and interesting classmates. We had people from all over—the US, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Ireland, and of course a few Spanish locals.
Don’t get me wrong, most of the bootcamp was spent indoors, but what can I say? It’s hard not to love studying in a place like Barcelona. Being in such a beautiful setting really boosted my experience. I mean, I got to walk past La Sagrada Familia every day on my way to class. If you’re a Barcelona native you probably try to look the other way, but I think I hurt my neck looking up so many times.
The coworking space we were in was modern and well equipped. There were some minor issues with Wi-Fi on occasion, but I believe those have been fixed, and I think the batch is actually in the process of moving to a different space.
The leadership really made the experience. I can’t imagine having better instructors and TA’s than the ones we had in Batch #57. Our lead instructor was an incredibly humble and personable guy who carried us through each lesson with a sense of humor and an approach that was laid-back while taking his role quite seriously. Since he was the lead instructor, he gets his own sentence here, but I can say that the other instructors and the TAs were also very knowledgeable, encouraging and enjoyable to learn from. I’m still in touch with several of them!
As far as the technical expertise of the instructors, I never once doubted their qualification to be teaching us. They really seemed to know above and beyond the stuff they were teaching us, and had an immediate answer for almost every question that was thrown at them.
There was always the sense that the instructors wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page and that no one got left behind. For those who struggled, the leadership did a great job of giving them extra help while balancing their commitment to the rest of the class.
Everything was well-organized and there were never any logistical issues that I noticed. This is in contrast to some horror stories I’ve heard about certain bootcamps stateside. From the Driver, instructors and TAs there was no snark, there were no walls up, everyone was receptive and communicative, and took their position seriously.
To the guys doing hiring at Le Wagon: keep up that good work! You’ve impressed me.
I’d been teaching myself web development for a couple years prior to my attendance, but Le Wagon really enabled me to bring it all together and gain the confidence I needed to know that I was in this game for the long term.
During the 7th week, my small group was able to quickly bootstrap a robust Rails app with several pages and a fully functional UI and back end. And during the final two weeks, we put together a much more functional app that made the first one look like child’s play. Our final presentation was made a success thanks to the coaching and technical help from our Driver and couple of the TA’s who gave us feedback during our presentation rehearsal.
Upon returning to the US, I quickly found a part-time remote position working for a startup that’s basing their SAAS product on Rails and AngularJS, and am currently negotiating with several contacts at local companies for a full time position. As of writing this review, it’s been about 80 days since the program ended.
To add to that, I made some great friends and acquaintances during our extracurricular activities (hiking Montserrat, going out for drinks, getting daily lunches). My classmates were the type of people that like to get things done: intelligent, personable, mature. I truly enjoyed having the classmates I did.
Would I do It Again?
If they make a Le Wagon On Steroids for teaching another new technology? Absolutely.
Before Le Wagon I had just graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Health Promotion. I knew I wanted to be able to work anywhere for a good wage so I looked into other fields of study. After doing a lot of research, becoming a coder/software engineer seemed like the best option. I quickly contacted Le Wagon and they accepted me for batch 49-Lisbon. Just a month after graduating, I was in a room full of creative, like-minded, intelligent individuals 9-7 Monday-Friday for 9 weeks. Through the weeks we all became like a family and pushed through the hard times of the program together as a team. The coursework sometimes seemed impossible but as I pushed through, I looked back and thought, wow that was not that hard! I feel like Le Wagon taught me how to immerse myself into a new study and now it has been very easy to work and teach myself new programming languages as needed. Right now I am working with PHP, Ruby on Rails and for fun, teaching myself game development with C#. I never thought I would be a programmer and now I am loving it! Thanks Le Wagon for helping set up that foundation towards growth and continuous learning of programming.
November 2016. I just turned 27, I was broke like a millennial online-entrepreneur and Trump was president of the USA.
"What am I doing with my life?" The existential crisis kicked in. I was too broke to get drunk, not bored enough to watch cat videos on youtube to distract myself from myself. The usual solutions would not work this time. I had to use my brain and come up with a long-lasting solution.
What is the #1 advice for millennials? Learn to code.
I decided to do at least one safe move in my life: go to Lisbon and learn to code at LeWagon.
Turned out it was the best decision I've made for a long time!
4 months later I was standing on a stage pitching a web app we've created with 2 other LeWagon students. I've learned in 2 months how to code and I've learned in 2 months more about myself than during the last years of my life.
Doing LeWagon is fucking epic. It's far more than just learning to code! It's a real human experience with incredible people. Spending 10 hours a day together in the same struggle and the same Friday nights drinking the same beer is the best way to create a strong group. That part of LeWagon was the number 1 value to me (not the beer, the strong group).
Some people would say "it's possible to learn alone how to code! You don't need a bootcamp" And they are right. But I prefer have an incredible experience during 2 intensive months with great teachers and awesome teammates.
Doing LeWagon is fail-proof. Don't think Udemy or CodeCademy are alternatives to real bootcamp. It's really hard to discipline yourself to learn to code and most people take too much time to learn. It's hard but nobody wanted to give up, because the days you hate code you still come for people and patient teachers, and you end up loving code again.
Don't think code is not for you. Code is a tool anyone can use and learn.
People around me told me that I wouldn't like code. Because I'm more of a dreamer and a creative who doesn't pay attention to details and doesn't really like to follow the rules. Anyone can learn and love code in different manners. Creatives love the possibilities it offers, entrepreneurs love the scalability and opportunities it gives you access to, meticulous people love spending time on their code and making great craft, hard core brains love the challenge and rewards it gives.
After LeWagon I kept working online. But now I can create a prototype of any of my ideas quickly and outsource code knowing what's going on. I know I can create anything or learn any new language/technology if I put enough time on it.
So if you're young, full of ideas and want to make the best investment in time, energy and money of your career. Do Le Wagon. If you don't learn to code, a robot will take your job and a programmer will take your girlfriend. Learn to code.
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