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.
Recent Le Wagon Reviews: Rating 4.99
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In PersonFull Time9 Weeks
- Start Date
- July 28, 2019
- Class size
- Madrid, Oslo, Rennes, Kyoto, Lausanne, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Milan, Chengdu, Bali, Mexico City, Tokyo, Marseille, Casablanca, Belo Horizonte, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Montreal, Shanghai, Lyon, Nantes, Tel Aviv, Lille, London, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro
- Tuition Plans
- Payment in two or three installments depending on the Campus policies
- Minimum Skill Level
- Prep Work
- Ruby track on CodeCademy
- Placement Test
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With friends we had many ideas of web-based company that we wanted to create but I never had the skills to test them. So I read information about different bootcamps in France.
After going to several demodays where I was surprised by the MVP’s quality that were showcased, I decided to register for their 9-week program.
In the first days, we are warned that the training is intensive and it’s true ! We feel that the training is iterative and that Le Wagon improves its courses between each batch.
I really liked the emulation between students. Everyone is caring and shares his knowledge. We all have the same passion : web, startups, technology, entrepreneurship but everyone has different backgrounds: one was a policeman before, others engineers, designers...
In summary, this bootcamp allowed me to understand the web, how it works. It gave me some technical skills. It also brought me the pride of being able to develop the call-of-dirty project with 2 other alumni.
My name is Remi and I just graduated from HEC, a business school in Paris. I'm currently launching a startup in the business travel space, and Le Wagon has been one of the most mind-blowing events in my life.
I joined Le Wagon 2 years ago, during my gap year. After internships at a Rocket Internet startup and a VC, I felt I really wanted to create my own company. But I felt incapable of building anything with my own hands. Some of my friends had joined Le Wagon, and had told me a lot about it.
I was the youngest guy of my batch (21 y/o at that time), but I felt welcome since day 1. I made friends with amazing people that were twice my age, and others that had completely different backgrounds. I enjoyed so much the unique peer-to-peer / learning-by-doing pedagogy I felt I had never learned anything so fast.
Following Le Wagon, I became a freelance developer for a few months, and I got back to school. I never stopped coding, and I built the first version of our startup's product. I still hang out with friends I met at Le Wagon, and the community has been of great help when I was lost in my code :)
I joined Le Wagon’s coding bootcamp in Paris to get real about learning the fundamentals of web development. Before that, I had been through dozens of online courses but I never really knew where to start so I just stagnated after a while. I knew I needed to change something if I wanted to make real progress.
That’s when I came across Le Wagon and it’s bootcamp format. With Le Wagon, you go back to school for 9 weeks and learn web development the same way you used to learn other stuff back in the days: by giving it your full and uninterrupted attention, surrounded by teachers and other students.
What I really love about Le Wagon’s coding bootcamp is that it’s designed to be comprehensive from the get go. No more a la carte, you’re on for the full menu. No need to pick random languages or difficulty levels. Those decisions have been made for you, which means that you can focus on what really matters.
After completing Le Wagon’s full stack program, I now understand the grammar of web development and I feel like I can pick online courses or books with more confidence to keep making progress on my own. It’s a great feeling.
Before Le Wagon, I had just finished a business degree in University. I liked it but I wasn’t too happy to go to a mega corporation and read excel sheets for 8 hours a day or work myself to sleep in a consulting company (nothing’s wrong with it if it’s your vibe).
I was really scared that coming from a business background and not knowing anything about code I wouldn’t keep up! The thing is that most of my group came from different backgrounds and places and had complete opposite experiences from me! Not only did that leave me at ease about my lack of knowledge in the matter but it created the amazing environment that is Le Wagon!
The 9 weeks were very hard but so rewarding. It’s was constant shift between feeling on top of the world and feeling like you truly have no idea of what’s happening. The truth is that none of us gave up and I ended up presenting an amazing project - not bias at all :)
Now that I finished, I want to learn more and find a job as a junior developer. I feel like the course has given me more than enough skills to do so.
100% recommend it to anyone!
I learned more applicable skills in 9 weeks than I did in four full years of university (and I learned a lot in university!)
I took a pause from a career in investment banking and traveled from California to London just to attend Le Wagon as I had heard of the schools stellar reputation, and I was not disappointed. I didn’t know anyone in the country, and had no idea how to code (I actually thought CSS stood for Computer Science Something, whoops), so of course the process was a bit intimidating. Thankfully, the folks at Le Wagon seriously know how to run the camp to eliminate that anxiety from week one. Nobody here has an ego, and I think that culture is driven top down from management and the teachers, as well as in their selection process. Every single person was friendly, approachable, and helpful. Everyone wants to learn and progress together, and it makes for a really special time.
A word of advice: You will feel stupid. You will feel incompetent. You will DEFINITELY doubt whether or not you’ve got what it takes to code. That’s normal — and it’s all part of the process :slightly_smiling_face: By the end of the camp (especially in the last two weeks) you’ll be slinging apps left and right.
Le Wagon will always hold a very special place in my heart. I’ve made some great friends here, and know I have a place where I belong across the pond. Shout out to Batch 143!!!!
Before Le Wagon I had a stable job that I liked, but I didn't love. I needed a change, something that pushed me forward to a better and happier future. And that's when I found Le Wagon.
I'm not going to lie or sugar coat it. Those 9 weeks were the most intense weeks of my life so far. I had opposite feelings throughout (sometimes at the same time): I loved it and I hated it, I felt really smart and really dumb, I wanted to hug the teachers and punch them. On the first day, Shannon said 'you just gotta keep going and trust the process' and that's what I did. And it was painful. And I survived. Not only I survived, I had 2 prototypes done and was as proud of them as a mother is proud of her children. They were my babies, they were the result of 9 weeks of hard work, and I couldn't be happier.
I learned a lot and I made new friends, there was time to be serious and time to have fun (Cocktail Thursday!), and I ended up with a whole new set of skills. Now I have a new door open and a new future for me to explore.
Le Wagon is a great way to transition into tech as an entrepreneur. I am a former finance professional who has run my own business since 2009. I am excited by the changes in technology and want to transition my business towards using more technology.
As a business owner I considered it essential that I had the ability to control and understand the code my business utilises, which meant I needed to learn to code.
Le Wagon’s programme exceeded all my expectations. In the nine weeks we learnt full stack web-development and the final fortnight involved writing our own project.
Le Wagon combines an enthusiastic staff and a world class teaching platform to deliver knowledge. Best of all we retain access to our lectures and notes on the platform after the programme and I am already reaching out to the vast alumni network to help me with problems. It is very difficult to change career or direction, but Le Wagon’s programme is one of the best ways to do it.
After graduating with a liberal arts degree in 2015, I began working in an operations role at a financial services firm. I quickly realized my curiosity was not satiated by the work and moved into an application development team as a business analyst. This role brought me close enough to product development to know that this is an area I'd like to continue my career in, but I was missing the technical knowledge needed to properly engage.
I joined Le Wagon to gain a deeper technical skill set before beginning an MBA at MIT this fall. Taking this knowledge with me to business school will allow me to achieve 3 of my goals: 1) Meaningfully engage in the start-up community at b-school and have the skills to bring my ideas to life; 2) credibly pursue technical Product Management roles in the tech space for summer internships and full-time employment post-graduation; 3) relying on my foundational understanding of programming, take further courses at MIT and learn other languages such as python and R (I'm also interested in data analytics).
Having completed the 9 weeks, I can’t speak highly enough of the instructors, the environment they create or the quality of the coursework.
Coding was the first time I’d felt such highs as I did when I’d finally coded my way through a tough problem, or such lows as getting stuck on something that seemed like it should be easy. What made my Le Wagon experience so valuable, was that when I hit the lows, I could always turn to the buddy I was paired with for that day or call over one of the many teachers and tutors available, to help talk me through it. If I had been studying alone, those moments would have brought my progress to a halt.
Getting a dev job at the end of the course was not a selection criterion for me and I was therefore surprised to realize in the last few weeks, just how prepared I was to take that next step into a junior dev role, or to work on one of the freelance projects a fellow Le Wagon Alumni had taken on and was looking for help with. I have no doubt that I would have been able to get a job and found it rather regretful that I wouldn’t be able to continue learning in that manner for another year or two.
It’s not possible to learn everything about anything in 9 weeks, but the Le Wagon approach did set me up to continue to learn and successfully figure things out on my own. I’m taking full advantage of continued access to all the resources I had as a student as I continue working on my group project and a personal project I’ve started.
I would recommend the bootcamp at Le Wagon to anyone looking to catapult themselves into the world of web development. It's just an awesome experience.
Before starting the bootcamp, I was a product manager working closely with developers, eventually realising that development would be a better fit for me. I firstly tried to teach myself through the online route which was OK but didn't really suit the way I worked. A campus based course is obviously a lot more expensive but your learning happens so much quicker - being able to ask teachers questions face to face as well as coding in teams is so crucial, especially when you're first starting out.
In terms of the course, the curriculum is very structured and the dashboard is a fantastic resource tool that all students and alumni have access too. Super important when you start coding post-course. It's a massive learning curve and you have to be super on it but the teachers are great and create a great environment to learn as much as possible which is what it's all about. There were also a real mix of interesting people on the course and being part of the massive Le Wagon community is absolutely awesome and something I hope to stay involved in for the rest of my working life. Hope this helps anyone thinking of starting the bootcamp - do it!
I launched 2 startups in 2017. I had to stop the first one as the devs I was working with stopped coding because they were too suddenly unable to continue and I wasn’t able to code it myself at the time. I wanted to develop an app and improve the website for the second startup which is still running, so I decided to enroll to Le Wagon and learn coding.
Now I am in a much better position to do so and work with developers. My experience at LeWagon was great in terms of learning and networking - great team. I definitely recommend any entrepreneur in tech with no coding skills to do the bootcamp.
Joining Le Wagon was one of the major turning points in my life. A year before Le Wagon, I was a fresh undergraduate with an engineering major that I assumed would be “hot” and lucrative (read: popular). Fast- forward a year and I found myself winding up in Shanghai with no real employment experiences in the past year, forced to reconsider my future. What prompted me to take a leap of faith and join Le Wagon was the urge to do something different. A year of countless job applications and rejections persuaded me to make that switch into coding, and I haven’t regretted it since.
Everyone who has gone through the program (or has a friend who’s gone through it) knows how utterly bizarre those 9 weeks felt. It’s a gruesome mixture of pain, frustration, and pleasure, but oddly enough, it doesn’t cease to become one of the most memorable and unforgettable experiences of our lives. For 9 weeks straight, every day is filled with difficult challenges and the satisfying opportunity to work with a soon-to-be friend or colleague. What I soon realized is that these 9 weeks were the shortest 9 weeks I’ve ever felt.
When it came to coding, my personal adventure was as frustrating as it was satisfying, constantly trying to learn a new craft and apply it at the same time. I had some prior experience, albeit elementary, with coding, but within the first week of the camp I felt like I was in uncharted territory. This didn’t scare me as much as it did ignite a kind of passion within that made me want to learn more and take on each daily challenge. As each week went on, this passion grew and was evenly matched by more complex challenges, eventually resulting in a final project for Aarusha Homes, a company in India that aims to provide sustainable and affordable housing for low-income migrant workers. Our team built a backend hotel management system to help modernize Aarusha Homes' hotel management procedures, from pen and paper practices into computerized guest tracking.
My story with Le Wagon doesn’t just end there. In fact, I have Le Wagon to thank for my current job. If not for its vast alumni network and also the skills it’s armed me with, I would not be in working in the role I am today.
I have just completed the Le Wagon bootcamp in London and had an amazing time!
The team in London is fantastic; all of the teachers are super enthusiastic and encouraging, very knowledgeable and willing to help. However, they won’t spoon feed you answers, instead, they will ask you questions and help you break down the issue into small parts so that you can reach the solution by yourself. The team manage to create a great balance of hard work (I was knackered by the end of every week) whilst maintaining a fun and relaxed atmosphere (I always looked forward to going back in on Monday).
The course is tough and can be slightly overwhelming at the beginning as you learn a lot of new information very quickly. The teachers keep repeating that “it will eventually click” and thankfully, it appears that it does! A lot of thought has clearly gone into the structure of the nine weeks and you keep building on the ideas that you have been exposed to earlier in the course. During the course (and forever after) you have access to all of the lectures (videos), lecture slides / notes, challenges and flashcards which is a fantastic resource. Ed also does a great job of organising loads of talks in the evenings with a variety of speakers and also provides sessions on writing CVs, looking for jobs, updating LinkedIn etc., all which were very useful.
Another great thing about Le Wagon is that it is not all about the coding! You are able to develop your presentation skills, understand further what it takes to build a successful company and gain experience of working as a team within a development environment. As well as this, you meet an incredible mix of people from different backgrounds (and from all over the world!) all who are extremely motivated to learn a new skill.
Having worked in the Insurance industry for 4 years prior to attending Le Wagon, I was nervous about changing career paths and learning a new skill. In hindsight I am extremely thankful that I look the leap and enrolled on the course. Thank you to all of the Le Wagon team !
After graduating in Design and feeling stagnated in my Career, I discovered Le Wagon and really liked what I saw. At first I was very scared at the idea of a 9 week bootcamp, not only for being very intense, but also for it seeming a little too good to be true. I looked into it for a while, went to a couple of workshops, and finally decided to sign up and to finally take the challenge of learning code, and I can safely say that it was worth it.
After college, I was very happy with how practical the course is. There is a lot to do everyday, but there is always something new, interesting and exciting. When I did fall behind, all the resources were very accessible and helped me catch up. These resources are also great to have after the completion of the bootcamp, and I check them a lot when developing my own projects.
While intense, there was always a great atmosphere that helped us have the energy to keep up. The teachers were very capable and, more importantly, were great people that I still keep in touch with. The backgrounds of each student were very varied but we worked hard together and helped each other do our best. I learned a lot tackling problems together with other students.
I feel like one of the biggest strengths of the bootcamp is teaching us to work in a group. Not only in a generic motivational way, but with Github, a tool that is very important for developers. During the bootcamp we developed 2 applications in a group and we used methods that are standard in the industry, which makes us feel more prepared for professional work.
Having finished the bootcamp, It feels like I gained the tools to pursue all those ideas that I had but never did anything with. Having a background in Design, I discovered how much I like front-end, and am excited about the paths that are opened to me.
When I joined Le Wagon, I was 21 years old and still a business school student (EDHEC). I hadn’t had any knowledge in web development before. However, I deeply wanted to learn how to code and get an understanding of tech in general. Then I did Le Wagon during my summer vacation.
Le Wagon allowed me to learn how to make a website without having to re-enter the studying system for several years. I learnt HTML, CSS, jQuery, Ruby, Ruby and Rails, SQL etc. But the bootcamp is not just about learning several languages, it’s about building tech products. Le Wagon also gave me the method to learn other programming languages by myself and the best practices to build up a web application.
More than coding courses I really really loved that experience and it gave me the opportunity to find a team to launch my startup idea with. Indeed, we spent the last 15 days coding personal projects in groups.
After Le Wagon, I came back to my business school, and felt very acknowledged and prepared to start prototyping my ideas. I even got my first freelance mission a few months after the bootcamp, and I was only 21!
I have been in the customer service and logistics industry for the past 10 years but always had an eagerness to learn to code. But trying to teach myself ended up in frustration with more questions than answers. Then, one day I came across a two-month program with Le Wagon Tokyo (LWT) and I ended up joining their batch 147.
LWT guides are not generic like most online courses, they go in-depth in terminology, theory, and the best part is their support system. From day one you can tell you are not alone in this, you have someone there that can answer those why, how, what, and huh questions. I had many of those ha ha.
Overall you will get your mind blown way on how you can create something out of nothing. The co-founders Sylvain & Paul are the best. They will be checking in on you providing feedback with encouragement, then the bootcamp manager Doug makes sure you are progressing if he sees you are having trouble he will come up and give you the nudge you can do this. LWT also rotates the teachers with real-life developers, so you can expect real-life experiences.
Le Wagon Tokyo is highly recommended, it will be tough, but they will guide through those trenches and in the end you will feel “I can do this”.
In the end, I did not feel like I was where I needed to be and I actually ended up doing a second bootcamp which was a night and day difference, and landed a job a week after graduating. I do want to give a disclaimer and say that Le Wagon is not a bad bootcamp, and I don't take it lightly that I am basically the only one with a negative review. There are bootcamps out there that are much worse, and this is a decent one. It's just that this bootcamp was not enough to accomplish my goals. I ask everyone looking into bootcamps to think about why exactly you are attending, and, if your goal is to become a software engineer from a non-engineering background, particularly in the US where competition is tough, I would caution you against attending Le Wagon as it might not be enough to get you where you need to be. If you are looking to just learn to code to boost your resume, if you have a start-up idea and just want to build out the platform for that one idea, if you have a STEM background and learn very fast and are super disciplined to continue learning on your own (I thought I was and it still didn't work out!), or if you reside in the city where Le Wagon is located and plan to stay there to be a developer, then attending Le Wagon might work out for you.
Without further ado, here are the reasons why Le Wagon did not work out for me even though I really wanted it to:
1) From the very beginning, this bootcamp did not strike me as a place that accepts top talent and has good job outcomes. There was no test to get in, there was no technical interview, and it felt like they would accept anyone. During the one interview I had, I was informally accepted into the program and told to just pay the deposit as quickly as possible to secure my spot before it fills up. When asked about job outcomes, their typical response was that they don't want to turn students into numbers, and the bootcamp is not about turning out statistics, so I guess I should've seen that as a red flag.
2) It seems like the students at the bootcamp had very different goals, where not everyone was looking to become a software engineer. Some students just wanted to boost their resume and others just wanted to learn to build out their startup idea. That shoud've been a red flag because it shows that the program's goal is too open-ended instead of being specific and it's open to a lot of different audiences.
3) Don't count on getting hired if visa issues may arise. This is something I should've considered more seriously at the time, but if you attend Le Wagon and plan to work in a place where you don't have a work visa, you're going to have a harder time finding an engineering job because not only will you have the task of finding a job, but you will also need a job that is willing to sponsor you. Most places don't want to bother with it and would rather hire a senior dev with a lot of experience than someone straight out of a 9 week bootcamp who they need to sponsor. One of my classmates actually was hired over me because she didn't need to be sponsored and I did (so if you don't foresee visa issues it might work out).
4) Think about what the job market is like if you need to return to your country or city after Le Wagon. I should've considered more seriously that the competition is much stronger for developers in the US (especially because the salaries are higher) and that it would be difficult to find a job there after 9 weeks of Le Wagon, a bootcamp that is not really equipped to prepare students for that kind of competition.
5) There was no support for students falling behind. Part of the issue here is that they let almost all students into the bootcamp, so they are bound to accept people who will not succeed. Everyone struggles at times and I definetley struggled at times even at the second bootcamp I attened. But when there is no solid preparation or assessments to get into the bootcamp and to get everyone on the same page and you are struggling, you think that you are the stupid one instead of the bootcamp being flawed. I was somewhat average and I still struggled because the pace is very fast. There were students who I know where completely lost and had fallen behind too far and probably didn't get very much out of the program. There is no support when students are behind. The program will not let you make office hours with an instructor, they will not let you repeat a part of the program, they will just push you ahead and the instructors/other students who aren't behind will just code more of the project for you so that you graduate even if you didn't understand most of the material.
6) Nine weeks is simply too short to become a fullstack developer and feel confident. If that's not your goal and you just view this as an immersive course to boost your resume, you'll be fine. If this is your goal, unless you have a STEM background and are the top student of the batch, prepare to struggle. And even if you are all of those things, prepare to struggle and feel like an imposter at your first job. I have spoken to alum who managed to get a job after this bootcamp and they struggled a lot- they had to spend several months self-teaching themselves, and then had a really hard time on the job for months. I also noticed that a lot of alums can't find jobs and just become TAs. For a bootcamp that takes you from beginner level to fullstack developer, nine weeks is too short to truly feel confident and like a master of the material. It's not even enough to feel like you can learn anything on your own afterward. The bootcamp I did afterward was 17 weeks and it started at an intermediate level with tests and technical interviews to get in, and only then was it enough to get a job and feel confident in my skills.
7) Your instructors will code large portions of your project for you. My team was an average representation of the students at the bootcamp- not really anyone super falling behind or any super geniuses. We had problems with our final project and our instructor coded large portions of it for us. After finishing the program, I did not really feel like I understood all aspects of the project or like I could build something like that independently. That defeats the purpose of being independent and being ready to join the workforce.
8) They kept switching instructors on us. I did not like how almost every day there was a different TA giving a lecture. It did not feel very cohesive or like I had a person I could approach or someone who knew my progress well. I also did not feel like the TAs were knowledgeable enough to give the lectures or help out with debugging since they were just students themselves.
9) They try to teach you the maximum amount of material in the minimum amount of time and really cut a lot of important things out. They also just hand out a lot of material so you don't have to struggle to do things on your own or understand how they work. There's a lot of examples of this, but for istance I did not like that I didn't understand how rails routes work because we didn't have to build them ourselves and I didn't understand how user sessions worked because we were given a devise tutorial instead of having to write sessions ourselves. I still don't understand how devise works.
12) There was essentially no career support. After you finish the program, you are completely on your own. I made an appointment with one of the program leaders to look over my resume and portfolio which she kindly did in her own time, and that was it. There are job boards on slack where anyone can post jobs, but that's all you have. The other program I attended had a career success team dedicated to helping you get a job- we practiced mock interviews (behavioral and technical), we practiced whiteboarding where we solve algorithms and talk about big O notation (I didn't learn any of that at Le Wagon), we had regular check-ins for our resume, linkedIn profiles, practiced our elevator pitch, etc.
13) Feedback is not taken seriously at Le Wagon. They ask for feedback after the program but they will not change the program based on feedback. They simply can't because the program is too big. It runs in too many cities with batches happening at all times, that changing the program is too defficult.
14) Sexism was a thing. Not a big thing, but enough to matter and make me and certain others lose confidence as a programmer. When issues were mentioned to those in charge, it was denied and not addressed.
15) There were no soft skills taught and some group project dynamics were very difficult as a result. In fact, group projects were a popularity contest. We were told that after pitching our ideas, everyone would fairly vote on the top ideas and those projects will be built. Instead, people only voted for those they wanted to work with, different ideas were built, people were left to the wayside quickly scrambling to find a group, and difficult group dynamics resulted for some groups. I felt like if there was more oversight by the instructors to choose and arrange the groups, get some feedback from students, the process would've gone more smoothly. Some groups did not know how to resolve conflicts and were very tense, and I feel the program would've benefitted by giving some talks about how to approach these kinds of issues before they arose.
16) Finally, pair programming was not taught the way it is supposed to be. In a real pair programming setting, there is a driver and navigator where only one person is allowed to type. The students take turns switching roles, communicate together, learn to talk about code and brainstorm together. Instead, we were given partners but not taught about the true way to pair program. Students merely sat with their partner and each did their own work. I know that some students were falling behind when working with partners but too afraid to ask their partners for help because of the way pair programming was structured.
I hope this review is helpful and those reading it understand where I am coming from. I think a big part of the problem was the Le Wagon did not align with the goal I had in mind (to become employed as a Fullstack developer), but that's a pretty big deal considering that's what most bootcamps should be able to do. If you have a lesser goal in mind, Le Wagon is a great place to get a general overview, be introduced to coding, and learn about the flow of designing and developing a website. It's also great for being in a culturally diverse environment. However, I would say the program is not enough for most people to become a fullstack engineer afterward (without a lot of struggle and continued learning) which was ultimately my goal.
I have been impressed by the quality of the overall program. Every class is really well designed. Everyday of the program has its importance.
The team in Lille was super pedagogic.
The online platform provided during the program is really helpful. Plus, this platform is still accessible after Le Wagon, for life. That is great!
I feel that the 6 hard learning weeks followed by 3 weeks dedicated to project is the right balance.
Now, it's time to code!
After working in banking for 5 years as a bond salesman, I decided to quit my job. I felt it was not intellectually stimulating anymore. Eager to learn a new skill that would unlock new opportunities in the challenging and demanding startup space, and feeling passionate about Rio, as soon as I learned Le Wagon offered the bootcamp there I decided to enroll in the programme. The 9 weeks were simply amazing. The bootcamp was very challenging and intense, and on day 1 I knew I had made the right choice. The cursus is flawless and before you know it, you develop impressing coding abilities. For our final project we build a peer to peer lending platform (www.crediteu.io). I honestly couldn’t have dreamed of being able to build a complex web app with relative ease after such a short period of time. We had a cool batch and we got along very well. I think the human/team spirit part of the bootcamp was as rewarding as the new acquired skills. On top of that, being in Rio made the experience unreal. I feel really privileged to have been able to combine the learning process with experiencing life in such a wonderful city. Not even one month after finishing the course, I am already working with friends on a project to build an apartment rental platform in Montreal. I strongly recommend Le Wagon to anyone interested in the programming/tech startup scene, regardless of one’s background.
Graduating fresh out of uni with a commerce degree sounded exciting. It was only after a few months of searching for a consulting gig, a terrible realization dawned upon me - I didn't like what I was doing. It was a year of doom and gloom until I decided that I had to do something with my life. I was always drawn to tech and the startup space, so I knew I wanted to learn how to code. I found Le Wagon, saw that it was rated very highly online, took a leap of faith and never looked back. I'm grateful everyday that I had the opportunity to learn from some of the most patient, highly skilled and overall great human beings. I now have the freedom to build my own products and to reach out to people in a different medium- a space I was always afraid to venture into. Paal, the driver for the bootcamp, was excellent in organizing the whole course. He is a dear friend and very well known in the dev community. He connected me with so many people, and I'm eternally grateful his passion to bring out the best in every student. I hope that anyone that read this far will seriously consider this bootcamp - it will change your life.
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I really enjoyed my learning experience with Le Wagon. My initial goal was to learn some basic coding during my gap year between graduating business school and starting my master's degree. At the end of the course I learned so much more than I hoped for and decided to scratch my plans for the gap year and master's degree in favor for pursuing a coding career. By now I am working as a fullstack developer in a Berlin Startup.
The Le Wagon staff consists of mostly former Le Wagon students, which is why they are great at motivating and explaining the concepts. I did struggle with coding, especially in the beginning, but since they went through the same experiences they always had great advice and encouraging words.
I regularly come back to Le Wagon events to meet the new students and fellow alumni. The Le Wagon alumni community is very active and supportive, helping with coding problems, sharing knowledge resources, and giving tips for finding jobs or feelancing.
I was working as a copywriter as well as teaching English as a second language before diving into Le Wagon’s full stack bootcamp in Barcelona. I graduated from the College of Humanities and the Arts at my university back home, double-majoring in Philosophy and Spanish, and I had previously focused my professional work toward a career in education and writing.
Once I began working as a copywriter, I was involved in the process of an international company creating websites, apps and landing pages for itself. Although I enjoyed my participation, I desired to have a greater role, and rather than wait for a developer to to create something for me to write on, I figured it’d be fantastic for me to write on projects I’ve developed myself.
Learning to code was the most obvious step for me to offer more as an employee, but more importantly, it was a way to learn the skills for me to develop the personal websites and apps that I had began to conceptualize.
Le Wagon provided us with a very well planned and practical curriculum that effectively introduces students to coding, focuses on teaching the fundamentals and reinforces that students understand what’s happening, what they’re doing, and why they’re doing what they’re doing at every step along the way.
Additionally, Le Wagon’s teaching style does more than simply teach how to code to get a job as a developer, it provides workshops, classes, and exercises to practice using our new knowledge as entrepreneurs. Furthermore, Le Wagon teaches students how to keep learning on their own, which is critical in coding because coding is dynamic, always changing, and anyone that’s involved with it never stops learning.
Aside from the teaching, the Le Wagon community, as a part of the larger Ruby community, is welcoming, helpful and I’m really happy to be a part of it.
Thanks to Gus and whole team at Le Wagon Barcelona!
Le Wagon is not only a coding bootcamp, Le Wagon is a network made by people who really want you to suceed and help you along the way, even after the bootcamp.
I was working as a Civil Egineer for 4 years, but I was not happy with it. I wanted to be part of the world of technology, to be able to create my own software that would alow me to solve people’s pains, and be able to work from anyplace, allowing me to travel more.
After serious thinking, I really felt I should invest in Le Wagon’s Bootcamp, and I am really happy I did. The bootcamp is very tough, specially the first weeks where you struggle to get the basic concepts, but you just need to keep pushing forward and ask for help, everybody will help you.
After 6 intensive weeks you will have to build your own app. For me, this was the best part of the bootcamp. I was building an app, from scratch, with 3 friends that shared the same excitement I had. A truly remarkable experience.
We created Pick a Restaurant, an app that chooses for you the best places in Lisbon to have a meal or a drink.
After the bootcamp I felt some kind of void. I didn’t have classes anymore, pick a restaurant was working, so I started looking for a job as junior developer. I went to several interviews and the feedback from employers was really good. They were surprised how a guy without a computer science background could be able to really stand out against computer science students.
Only 1 month after I was invited to work for a software house, BLKO and now I am working as a Full Stack Developer in Ruby on Rails, just like I wanted.
The bootcamp is just the begining. In tech, you need to be constantly learning and searching. I really recomend Le Wagon’s Bootcamp. Le Wagon changed my life.