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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Recent Le Wagon News
- New Year, New Career? Learning to Code in 2019!
- November 2018 Coding Bootcamp News Podcast
- October 2018 Coding Bootcamp Podcast
In PersonFull Time9 Weeks
- Start Date
- April 22, 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
More Start DatesApril 22, 2019 - RennesApply by June 21, 2019April 22, 2019 - CopenhagenApply by July 1, 2019July 1, 2019 - CopenhagenApply by August 30, 2019September 30, 2019 - CopenhagenApply by November 29, 2019April 22, 2019 - Rio de JaneiroApply by June 21, 2019July 29, 2019 - Rio de JaneiroApply by September 27, 2019July 29, 2019 - Rio de JaneiroApril 29, 2019 - MilanApply by June 28, 2019May 12, 2019 - Tel AvivApply by July 11, 2019May 12, 2019 - Tel AvivJuly 20, 2019 - Tel AvivJuly 28, 2019 - Tel AvivApply by September 26, 2019October 6, 2019 - Tel AvivApply by December 12, 2019May 20, 2019 - KyotoApply by July 19, 2019September 2, 2019 - KyotoApply by November 1, 2019May 27, 2019 - BerlinApply by July 26, 2019July 8, 2019 - BerlinApply by September 6, 2019June 3, 2019 - Buenos AiresApply by August 2, 2019August 12, 2019 - Buenos AiresApply by October 11, 2019June 3, 2019 - MadridApply by August 2, 2019June 3, 2019 - OsloApply by August 2, 2019August 12, 2019 - OsloApply by October 11, 2019June 10, 2019 - Mexico CityApply by August 9, 2019September 30, 2019 - Mexico CityApply by November 29, 2019June 17, 2019 - ShanghaiJune 17, 2019 - ShanghaiApply by August 16, 2019October 14, 2019 - ShanghaiApply by December 13, 2019June 24, 2019 - ChengduApply by August 23, 2019October 21, 2019 - ChengduApply by December 24, 2019June 24, 2019 - BaliApply by August 23, 2019June 24, 2019 - BaliSeptember 16, 2019 - BaliApply by November 15, 2019July 1, 2019 - BordeauxApply by August 30, 2019July 1, 2019 - BarcelonaApply by August 30, 2019July 1, 2019 - BarcelonaOctober 14, 2019 - BarcelonaApply by December 13, 2019July 1, 2019 - TokyoApply by August 30, 2019September 30, 2019 - TokyoApply by November 29, 2019July 1, 2019 - ShenzhenApply by August 30, 2019October 21, 2019 - ShenzhenApply by December 20, 2019July 1, 2019 - MarseilleApply by August 30, 2019October 14, 2019 - MarseilleApply by December 13, 2019July 1, 2019 - ParisJuly 8, 2019 - ParisApply by September 6, 2019August 31, 2019 - ParisApply by October 30, 2019October 7, 2019 - ParisApply by December 6, 2019July 1, 2019 - CasablancaApply by August 30, 2019July 8, 2019 - LyonApply by September 6, 2019July 8, 2019 - AmsterdamApply by September 6, 2019September 30, 2019 - AmsterdamApply by November 29, 2019July 8, 2019 - MontrealApply by September 6, 2019July 8, 2019 - LilleApply by September 6, 2019July 8, 2019 - LondonApply by September 6, 2019July 15, 2019 - SingaporeApply by September 13, 2019July 15, 2019 - Belo HorizonteApply by September 13, 2019July 15, 2019 - LisbonApply by September 13, 2019September 30, 2019 - LisbonApply by December 6, 2019July 15, 2019 - Sao PauloApply by September 13, 2019September 6, 2019 - NantesApply by August 30, 2019October 14, 2019 - NantesApply by December 13, 2019
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Despite working as a translator, I had a background in IT prior to coming to Le Wagon (mostly programming Windows applications and Linux scripts on my own time). For me Le Wagon was a transition to web development, so I perhaps cannot speak to the difficulty of the course as objectively as those for who coding is a brand new experience. Nonetheless, my time at Le Wagon London was time well spent.
The hours are long, and the amount of content daunting, but the unconditional support provided by the teachers and assistants, many of which are ex-alumni who have gone through it all themselves, help make the 9 weeks go by in a flash. The general atmosphere in the office gives you a good sense of what it's like to be a part of a startup, and during the last 3 weeks you get to be part of the process of designing an app from scratch all the way to production.
Finishing the course is not easy. It's a lot of information to assimilate in a relatively short time-frame, which can be exhausting. But getting through it is extremely rewarding and something you won't soon forget. All in all, after being a part of batch 190 in London, I can safely say it was well worth it.
I signed up for Le Wagon after having taught myself to code for the previous four months. At the time, I was mainly interested in formalizing my knowledge and expanding my network. I expected the bootcamp to be fun (and had heard as much from a few alumni), but I didn’t expect to learn *that* much that I hadn’t already covered in my own studies.
As it turns out, I was definitely wrong about that last part. I learned *way* more during my two months at Le Wagon than I had during the preceding fourth months of self-directed learning. The course has a great structure, a heap of helpful resources and, most important of all, a super-enthusiastic group of teachers who really care about your development.
I felt confident applying for jobs after finishing the bootcamp and ended up finding full-time work as a software engineer within two weeks of graduation. So, in short, I can say with all sincerity that my Le Wagon experience exceeded expectations (and my expectations were already high). Would most definitely recommend
My Le Wagon Batch 199 Barcelona journey started somewhat unexpectedly. Having worked in corporate purchasing and program management for almost 10 years since graduating college, I never thought that I would make such a drastic career change. However when I realized that at 33 I was stuck in the never-ending 8 to 5 leading to eventual retirement without any realization of my dreams, it was a fairly easy decision. It was now or never.
All my life I had ideas for websites and apps and that’s all they were, just ideas. Learning to code gave me the tools to make those ideas reality. It gave me the confidence to be able to tackle any feature that I would like to add to my website.
There were so many highlights to this amazing experience. The people really made it special. The teachers were top notch and I was lucky to have an absolutely incredible batch. We worked very hard during the week at class, but also were able to explore the amazing Barcelona together on weekends and let loose a bit!
Barcelona is a great place, with so much culture. Every weekend there is something different to do. I don’t remember a single weekend or day when I could not find something fun to do in my somewhat limited free time. There is the beach, parks, and just an unlimited amount of little bars and restaurants that anyone would be able to find something they enjoy!
My advice to future students would be to really enjoy the experience because it goes by very very fast. Monday through Friday, really concentrate on the classwork. Don’t miss ANY days. It is very easy to fall behind if you do. Watch the lectures on KITT the night before if you can. But also, really explore Barcelona on the weekends. If you put in the work during the week, you will have plenty of time on the weekends to explore and get to know this amazing city. Get to know your classmates. you will go through a lot with them. But really, ENJOY the experience. There is nothing quite like it that you will do in your life. You will meet people with different backgrounds from all around the world, learn new things, try new food. This is just step one of a long and beautiful journey, but a very important one. So enjoy it!
Le Wagon gave me the tools and confidence to tackle my dreams, make some amazing friends along the way, and what happens next is up to me!
I'm a alumni leWagon from the batch #188 in Montreal.
I use to be an engineer in the aircraft industry, after 4 years of experiment I've drooped my job in France to come in Montreal, following a master degree in environment.
I decided to change my life by following Lewagon training and it was the best decision in my life.
How can I sum up my experience? Learning a lot! Discovering a passion. Meeting amazing people. Finding in myself i'm maybe less stupid that I was thinking.
This experiment just gave me more confidence and new perspectives for the future. More modern and exiting.
Now I think I can build a career which make me proud and open to me a lot of new directions and field.
By the way! I'm actually assistant teacher for LeWagon Montreal and it's a very nice experience.
I more than loved my Le Wagon experience. From both human and learning sides, it was the best 9 weeks ever. The teachers are 300% dedicated, the whole staff, in fact, acts that way.
Having a self-taught background and working as a graphic designer & webdesigner, I wanted to upgrade my tech skills, I ended up not only sith a solid development knowledge, but also with more confidence, learnt how to speak in front of a bunch of people to present a product, how to work with other people on a project…
In a few words : amazing experience.
Le Wagon FTW. <3
For those who wants to read the whole text I published on my blog about that amazing experience, here it is.
Autour de la grande table en bois, pas très loin des croissants et des chocolatines de bienvenue, les nouveaux 22 se jaugent. Il est encore tôt et on nous a bien dit de ne pas arriver en retard, à 8h30, on ferme les portes, tant pis pour vous. On est tous là, bien sûr, mi-excités, mi-fatigués - on perd vite l’habitude du rythme scolaire.
Après quelques cafés (les premiers d’une longue, très longue série, je pense avoir éclaté mon record de consommation de caféine pendant cette période-là), on s’est installés en classe, avec cette ambiance de premier jour, ces nouvelles habitudes que l’on va commencer à se fabriquer sans trop savoir encore jusqu’où elles iront. Ma place, deuxième table à gauche, place du milieu. J. à ma gauche, A. à ma droite. Ce sera comme ça tous les matins, tous les soirs, alternant ainsi les heures de cours tantôt très studieuses, tous très concentrés, fronçant des sourcils sur des concepts un peu compliqués encore, qui nous paraissent flous, abstraits, lointains ; tantôt d’une insolente déconcentration, fous-rires et gribouillis sur les cahiers, gloussement sur des blagues pas si drôles, mais après une journée passée à coder, qui nous en aurait voulu, de rigoler bêtement comme cela.
30 novembre, 18h.
Dans la salle, on a installé beaucoup de chaises, on vient de tester le son au micro. C. à côté de moi répète le bal des actions sur le clavier, précieusement minuté, pendant je présenterai l’application que l’on a fini de développer. Depuis quelques heures déjà, on est tous prêts, stressés et fébriles, à l’idée de raconter en quelques minutes le travail des 10 derniers jours. Je suis morte de peur. Au cours de ces deux mois, j’ai gagné en confiance en moi, mais je reste terrorisée à l’idée de parler - en anglais - devant toute cette foule de gens, pour présenter le projet dont j’ai porté l’idée, le projet que nous avons construit tous les quatre, en partant d’une feuille blanche.
Assis sur la grande table qui nous a vus crier de joie quand tout fonctionnait, qui nous a vu taper des poings quand, oh, j’ai tout cassé, assis sur cette table, on balance des pieds en attendant. Certains ont déjà ouvert une bière, d’autres préfèrent se ronger les ongles. C. s’est fait un thé « I really feel British when I do that ».
Les visages amis s’installent dans la salle, et puis c’est à nous. 5 minutes pour convaincre, 5 minutes pour prouver à toutes ces personnes, juste là devant, que nous sommes vraiment des full-stack dev.
Et puis entre ces deux moments, 2 mois, 9 semaines. 9 semaines de six-sept-huit-neuf cafés par jour, de cookies avoine-chocolat du 8ème étage, de bières le vendredi soir (les premières semaines, et puis de bières à partir du mardi soir, après), de yeux fatigués le matin pour le cours de la journée, de yeux perdus qui répondent d’eux-mêmes à la question « do you understand ? », de sourires victorieux quand c’est bon, je suis capable d’expliquer ce que je viens de faire. 9 semaines de messages en continu sur Slack, 9 semaines de sommeil oublié, de Sublime Text ouvert en permanence. de vie rêvée en lignes de commandes sur le terminal.
9 semaines d’amitiés, aussi - parfois un peu plus, mais mes sous-entendus s’arrêteront là -, de petite bulle fermée, entre nous, on se serre les coudes, on apprend ensemble, à coder et à travailler, à expliquer, à se planter, à recommencer ; 9 semaines de lamentations autour de la machine à café, 9 semaines de yeux cernés. 9 semaines à part, entre les murs vitrés de La Gar, à se demander si vraiment, à la fin, on comprendra ce qu’il faut mettre dans le model ou dans le controller.
La deuxième semaine, il y avait un apéro (on a beaucoup pris l’apéro pendant ces 9 semaines) où les alumni venaient nous parler un petit peu. Tous étaient d’accord sur la même chose, Le Wagon avait été l’une des plus belles aventures de leur vie. Je rigolais doucement au début, bien sûr que j’en attendais beaucoup, de cette formation, mais tout de même, je trouvais que c’était un peu exagéré, en deux mois, il ne peut pas se passer tant de choses.
7 semaines après, je suis convaincue de la même chose.
On leur a déjà dit, et je ne suis toujours pas à l’aise avec les grandes déclarations d’amour, mais tout de même, je voulais écrire noir sur blanc, une dernière fois, mon infinie gratitude pour l’ensemble des profs et de l’équipe du Wagon Montréal. Je n’avais jamais vu autant de passion, de dévouement et d’entraide comme cela et cela n’aurait vraiment pas été pareil sans eux.
I used to work in communications. I felt a bit stuck in my work, couldn't see any possibilities of evolution, I wasn't learning anything new and I was losing all motivation. I had the feeling coding would be something I would love doing, but I didn't want to go back into long studies and wasn't sure where to start.
Then a friend of mine told me about Le Wagon. This bootcamp had everything I was looking for: a clearly defined learning path, passionate teachers always available to help, and many great co-students to learn with! Thanks to Le Wagon, I've learned many valuable skills in computer programming of course, but also in team work.
Today I'm on a new career path that I really love and where I can keep on learning new things everyday. What I especially appreciate from Le Wagon is that once the bootcamp is over, they still keep in touch with you and help you look for a job. It feels like being part of a family!
I had not studied any programming language before I joined LeWagon.
Since we only had nine weeks to become a programmer, the class went very fast.
At first it was difficult for me to understand the lessons held in English since I had never lived in any English-speaking countries.
What do you think about it after reading my situation? Do you think it seems difficult to get programming knowledge for me?
So did I. I worried about whether I could follow the classmates.
But after these 9 weeks, I know I should not have worried about anything.
There were teachers and assistants who were very good at teaching.
Moreover, classmates were enthusiastic to get skills, so they motivated me.
This camp is good to get skills in only nine weeks!
For the lazy ones 😉:
+ Well structured days with lecture, coding with a buddy and live coding session.
+ Large learning platform: videos of the lectures to rewatch, learning cards, cheatsheets, tasks with solutions, etc.
+ Good and competent teachers
+ Interesting classmates from all around the world, of different ages, with different professional backgrounds
--> Net Promoter Score 10/10
A bit more detailed 🧐:
My background: After working for several years as an account manager for several companies, I came to a point in my life where I had to decide whether I wanted to continue or whether I wanted to develop in a new direction. Coding and programming have always interested me, but I have somehow never found the right entry. Through a friend I came across Le Wagon and then got over quitting my job and visiting the boot camp.
I visited the batch in autumn 2018 with about 40 others. At the beginning I thought that there were too many people, but the lessons were always very smooth. With the "buddy system" you work with a different classmate every day anyway. In general, everything is very well structured. The day starts with a lecture, then you work with the buddy on various tasks. You basically work independently, but if you can't get any further, you can fall back on the buddy. This system has a very exciting dynamic, because sometimes I understood a concept better and thus helped the buddy and sometimes vice versa. By explaining it, you learn a lot yourself. In the evening follows a live coding session in class.
The learning platform is very well structured with all the tasks (built-in solutions), videos and slides of the lectures, flashcards, etc. (Of course you still have access after the course).
Some teachers are Le Wagon Alumnis, but all are competent and more than capable. For more complicated topics (e.g. SQL) there are also external experts who teach.
- I learned more useful things in 9 weeks than in 4 years of university😛! ...It was a very good decision!
Le Wagon has been a sort of cathartic career changing experience for me. I had no idea that I was able to learn so many valuable skills in such a short time-frame. Having studied completely different subjects for the past 7 years, I thought that coding would be a very difficult challenge. Alas, the teachers in Berlin proved me otherwise. Le Wagon's methods are simple, to the point and quite clear about where they are heading towards during the 9-week program. You learn all the basics to become a good web developer through a completely hands-on approach. You write your code, you test it, you break it, and you have those 10 seconds of bliss when it finally works. Then you move on to the next exercise and to the same process all over again. All of this punctuated with interesting talks and insights that the staff organize in a weekly basis. It is incredibly interesting and really helps you if you’re not familiar with the whole tech scene.
The staff is incredibly friendly and always willing to teach you and help you with whatever you need. From the driver to the teachers, everyone is very accessible and friendly. This really made Le Wagon stand out for me, I felt like I didn't want to leave the bootcamp at the end of each day. Make no mistake, doing a bootcamp is a handful of work, but Le Wagon manages to create a excellent work environment for everyone, which made the whole learning experience a lot more enjoyable than I thought.
All of this culminates in the last 3 weeks when you work with a closed team of 3 to 4 people on your final project. It is a true taste of working in a team project, filled with the highs and lows you might expect. The teachers are even more involved than before, helping each team to design their apps. People will get stressed, your team will break new ground when it comes to coding skills and you'll learn a lot of new, specific things during the last part of the bootcamp, all of this according to what you plan on doing. Then, on the final day, you and your team demonstrate what you built to everyone, and you marvel not necessarily at the app you created, but at how everything came together in the end (sometimes against all odds) and you managed to finish everything you set out to do.
Le Wagon? 10/10, I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. I have learned valuable coding and teamwork skills that will certainly help me a lot in the years to come as I dive into a whole different field of work.
My story with Le Wagon started even before I considered becoming a developer. I was going through that moment in life when you're seeking what you really want to do with your future.
I was having a hard time to find a job in my city and decided to live in Germany to study German and apply for a Master programm in Finance. Being on my own for 6 months there made me realize that most of the things I know today were not exactly thanks to my studies during my MBA, but thanks to my work experience and I started to doubt if this Master programm was really the best choice for my future as I wanted my skills to be praised rather than my degrees.
After talking with a friend about this I came to learn about Le Wagon and after some research I decided to come back to Rio and be part of it. Joining Le Wagon was one of the most amazing experiences I had. Everybody in the bootcamp was very friendly and you could trust the staff to help you in your every need. I also met people with different backgrounds than mine and that is also what made the experience amazing.
I only coded before for a short time but that wasn't an issue, the bootcamp is well structured so that a newbie can learn just as much as someone who coded before. One of the most impressive things was being able to build a fully functional web app from scratch in just two weeks. I never thought I would be able to learn so much in such a short time.
If you're considering studying with Le Wagon, know this: you will struggle and you will doubt yourself but trust them and you won't regret it.
I entered the Le Wagon bootcamp after building a career in television broadcasting for 12 years as I needed a change and changing workplaces didn’t bring the job satisfaction I was after. I started to learn to code besides my job at the time and the longer I stayed with it the more sense and fun it made. Still having doubts about my capabilities, I signed up for the bootcamp to see how I perform compared to others and to follow the path of many successful students. Studying at Le Wagon Amsterdam was a unique and fantastic experience. I loved joining a group of like-minded people who motivated me to do my best and beyond under the guidance of competent teachers to become a web developer. After completing the bootcamp, I’m even more enthusiastic to grow a career in web development than ever before.
I decided to do Le Wagon after some online research about bootcamps in Berlin and I strongly recommend it. I had a previous experience with learning to code (I completed a Virtual Reality nanodegree at Udacity), but I found the approach at Le Wagon way better. The teachers are well prepared and in just a couple of weeks I went from zero knowledge of Backend to building apps with good-looking Frontend.
Everyday we had new challenges to solve with a pair and even optionals if you finish the basic ones. Somedays I got to the end of all of them and in others I would be stuck and almost not even accomplish the first few. But it is a great way to recognize your strong and weak points. In my case, before the bootcamp I though I would be focusing more on Frontend development, just to realize that my strongest skills are actually the ones related to the Backend work.
Another advantage of the bootcamp at Le Wagon is the final project. We got to work together in groups and developed web applications with Ruby on Rails, also learning how to use Github properly. Working in group is rather different than alone, and I believe this is also an important skill to have when we want to join a company or even start one.
After all, Le Wagon was even better than I expected and I recommend it!
After going abroad and finishing High School in Canada, I wasn’t satisfied with my life on my home country, I wanted to do more and learn more and get to know new cultures, and I didn’t want to go college/university right away after High School. I really enjoyed computers and technology, so I started looking for online coding courses, but after a while I realized that it was better to learn to code in a different environment, and then I started looking for Coding Bootcamps in Europe, because I have few friends there and it would an awesome opportunity to visit then, as a bonus I would still learn how to code, so I read some reviews about Le Wagon and I was so surprised, because all of them were super positive. After talking to my parents about the idea of going abroad again and study coding I decided to apply to the Le Wagon in Barcelona, I have a lot of friends from Spain, and I thought it would be amazing to live in a city like Barcelona, after applying and scheduling a video call where I got know Gus the Driver from Le Wagon Barcelona, we talked about my goals to the future and what I expected about the bootcamp, and Gus is such a nice guy, since the beginning until the end of the course he is always there supporting the students. After the video call he sent me a small Ruby test, that I had to finish on the next few days, and then I got accepted.
One special thing about Le Wagon is their community, the teachers and TAs are amazing, they are always helping you, no matter what. The course itself is very well structured, everything you learn since the beginning is important on the following weeks, don’t get me wrong, you have to be very focused and committed to code for the whole day, but trust me at Le Wagon time flies, it’s not boring, it’s fun and rewarding, every day you get to work with a different classmate, and this way you are always making some type of networking, and by the end of the bootcamp I’m sure your classmates will be like a family to you, it happened to me. And on the last two weeks where we were able to build our own apps from the scratch and present it to the public at the demo day and seeing what we were capable of was amazing, the best part of the bootcamp, indeed.
After the bootcamp I can surely say that Le Wagon really changed my life, Le Wagon gave me purpose and it opened opportunities for me in the future, with coding you are always learning and that’s the cool thing about coding it never stops evolving. The next step for me is going to College and learn even more about Web Development and new technologies, and of course, explore the world while coding. Thanks for changing my life Le Wagon Barcelona.
I took the bootcamp in Bali, expecting to be able to program some of the ideas I had in my mind and get a better access to technology. These expectations were exceeded, by far.
First of all, the learning platform that the guys of Le Wagon have developed is impressive, to put it mildly. All the materials were accessible and everything felt super intuitive. The platform in my view is not only supportive but an integral part of the program.
Second, I was super impressed by the quality of teaching. I am now in my third week after the bootcamp and still very excited about all the things and got to know about technology. Also, the practical nature of the camp was very much how I like to learn things. And the ticketing system for when you need support is efficient, giving always access to either a teacher or a teaching assistant.
Third, I believe the main language - Ruby - that is being thought is an excellent entry point to software development, as it is much easier to understand than most other languages I have seen so far. Once this is mastered, I truly believe that learning another language will be much easier.
Overall, I can thoroughly recommend the course, especially if you're willing to step into the world of technology and want to take ownership of it.
Before joining Le Wagon I was working as a business developer in a big French construction company, based in Hong Kong.
I joined the camp because I had been thinking for a while of switching and going in IT. But IT is so big I did not know what to do there nor how to switch. By talking with friends working in different fields and by having a closer link at what they each did I figured that web development would be a fun way to start coding and entering the IT world.
Some of them mentioned different bootcamp that they knew of, but Le Wagon is the only one good friends attended. Since I know them well and trust them, when they told me that it was a great experience I just went for it.
The camp experience was intense, days can be long (10-12h). You have many things to learn and find out that 24h in a day is not enough to to everything, learning and having a life. Although it was intense it was also great as the other buddies attending the bootcamp were all nice and fun people. There was a good team spirit and solidarity, since we all came in here to learn as much as we could and all had different objectives for after the camp.
I'm pretty social, love meeting people, and Le Wagon introduced me to an impressive diversity of people. Several nationalities being represented (13 was it?), many different backgrounds etc. It was perfect!
For people hesitating doing a coding bootcamp I'd say, it will be intense don't fool yourself, but you will learn a lot and will come out of it with good buddies and be part of a family.
When I was young, I always dreamed about being a hacker, growing up watching movies such as “The Matrix” or “Hackers”. I used to imagine myself quickly typing lines upon lines of code onto my computer screen.
Despite initially studying marketing and being inclined towards that career path, I swiftly began to move towards web project management, thinking one day I would be able to pursue my dream career and become a developer. I tried to work on very technical projects and teach myself on websites such as “Code Academy” or “Le Site du Zero” (“OpenClassroom” for the older people). The main problem that I used to encounter with these websites was that I had some difficulties when trying to understand the global view about programming. Overall, even after finishing a tutorial I still felt like I couldn’t create something by myself.
After browsing the internet, I came across Le Wagon! For me, the Bootcamp format was an ideal solution because the training seemed fast and complete.
Le Wagon really was an amazing experience. It gives you the chance to meet so many people who all come from different places.
If I had to sum up my experience, I would say that:
- I liked the teaching as it gave us an overview of the creation of a web product, from the initial product design to its development
- There was also a good overview of the Full Stack development (front-office and back-office)
- Both the teachers and teaching assistants were really kind as they took time to really help us complete exercises and to make sure we fully understood the key notions and ideas
- The environment was great between everyone (you must be prepared to drink a lot of beers during the 2 months!)
At the end of my time at Wagon, there was the impression that you could learn absolutely anything and create any kind of web product. I must admit that at times the pace of learning was very intense and there were times where I felt a little bit lost, but you have to really trust their teaching methods and ways of learning because at the end you will finally be able to thoroughly understand all of the different concepts.
As for now, I am a Full Stack Developer at a start-up company and I love what I do. However, the lines of code don’t roll across my screen at a fast speed as they do in the movies! I still have a lot to learn, but I am happy to have had the chance to change my career path all thanks to Le Wagon.
I have been working as a management consultant for the past 3 years, but my dream in life is to become an entrepreneur and launch my own startup. Choosing to attend Le Wagon was probably one of the best decisions of my life.
Why Le Wagon? Le Wagon’s mission is indeed to “bring technical skills to creative people”. This is exactly what I was looking for as a beginner and as a wanna-be entrepreneur. Le Wagon’s bootcamp by far exceeded my expectations for a thousand reasons, the main 3 being:
- Top-tier faculty: amazingly passionate and competent people. At Le Wagon you are never alone and teachers and TAs always challenge you to exit your comfort zone and reach the solution on your own, always helping you though when you are having a tough time. This allows you to really become independent as a developer, and indeed – one moth from the bootcamp’s end - almost 100% of the classmates who were looking for a job are now working as developers! Teachers and TAs are extremely patient and what I loved is that they thoroughly explain the rationale behind every concept – so that it sticks in your mind! Never have I met an amazing environment of competent, talented, ambitious, yet friendly people as at Le Wagon – it’s the place to be!
- Incomparable global network: Le Wagon can boast a global network of alumni and faculty that is really something other bootcamps do not have. This is excellent, because I know I may probably find the co-founder for my startup in the Le Wagon network and that I can reach out (indeed I have done already) to teachers and TA if I need advice on coding projects I am working on, even after the bootcamp.
I am infinitely grateful to Le Wagon. Le Wagon has been my springboard to acquire the precious technical skills I need to realize my startup’s app MVP and a strong developer mindset.
Interactive designer for 22 years, I could experience and see evolve the tech environment through many angles. The trades related to tech industry are constantly changing, some disappear, others endure and segment themselves, which is why it is important to maintain a constant technological watch and to train as often as possible - lately I chose to follow the Bootcamp Le Wagon in Bordeaux because I had not to miss the techy Wagon train that goes straight to the future!
This training, however intensive, and whatever its level of apprehension of the code, allows any motivated entrepreneurs to obtain a teaching rich in new ideas to develop its activity. And what's more satisfying than discovering the secrets of web development from a team of caring and passionate teachers.
Matthieu Dubois - Designer UX-UI - Le Wagon Alumni Batch#191
I’d been in China about 10 years before joining Le Wagon working as an in-house investment banker for Chinese companies investing abroad before I decided to take a break to assess my prospects. During that year I invested in a startup, focused my learning on new areas and dabbled a little in coding with no meaningful purpose.
I actually went to see a demo day, more out of curiosity than anything, was really impressed by the products presented, and my decision was made. I wanted to join Le Wagon.
The course format is well suited to self-learners, mornings are lectures followed by a series of exercises that complement and extend the core curriculum.
It’s tough, it’s long hours, it’s a lot of material but it’s definitely worth it. You learn so much and you really learn to push yourself to make and break things. It sets you up to continue learning about coding and to explore new technologies.
There will be days where it’s just overwhelming but you are not alone. My batch was awesome we were 28 and we had so much fun, many of us formed close friendships. The whole Le Wagon crew, the teachers, the TAs and every guest speaker really contributed to making it a fantastic 9 weeks.
As a testament to the power of the Le Wagon, our group submitted our final project to a pitching competition before we had written any code. In just 10 days we finalised the MVP, drafted a business plan and model and were able to pitch against much more established startups. We didn't win for a whisker and the confidence and encouragement we received was amazing. People we impressed and shocked of what we were able to achieve in just 10 days considering where we stood at the beginning of the camp.
The week after the camp is a little difficult. The adjustment is tough, many of us are meeting and discussing and evaluating options and I think the staff and TAs feel the end of camp adjustment as much as the students. They are here with us providing amazing support and valuable advice. It's like a mini after camp!!
If you are considering it, just do it. Don’t hesitate, you won’t regret it! It will change your outlook, understanding of web technology, coding and yourself.
Hi! My name is Philipp. I studied product and concept-design in Germany which led me to score cool roles as a UX designer and a globe-trotting consultant in Agile frameworks including Scrum and Kanban. Nevertheless, I felt that I needed to understand coding so I could better communicate with developers in my team and sometimes I also wanted to turn my own web ideas and concepts into reality. That’s why I decided to quit my job and join Le Wagon in Bali, and unsurprisingly, the decision paid off right away with a new role as an Advisor for the company Blackboat in Berlin when I returned back home! The Bootcamp was efficient and precise: the Le Wagon teachers and learning platform give you exactly what you need to learn to build a complex web app in a 45 day bootcamp. Even though I worked in the tech industry, I was starting as a coding newbie. I progressed over each day through the daily topics, morning lectures, the vast number of exercises, and the daily group live code sessions supplemented by flash cards and video preparations in our own time. In the last 10 days of the bootcamp, the repeated success of Le Wagon was proven once again in project Remedium, a blockchain charity donation platform that I had the opportunity to build together with a few camp mates. You can see my presentation in Batch #128 Demo Day. And that’s not all! In fact, the chance to join a Bootcamp in Bali is rather unique because the experience of the island made our Bootcamp-journey more relaxing and enjoyable. I don't know any code camps where you code from a terrace with a view of the ocean which I also enjoyed surfing in. The adventures around the islands at the weekends with my new found friends made working together through the long coding days so much easier and not least, fun and memorable. I also did the math and i am convinced that a Bootcamp in Berlin or London would have cost me the same if you compare cost of living. To conclude, now that I’m back home and starting a new exciting career, I can put my hand on heart and say that Le Wagon has been a career-changing experience and probably one of the best I have had in my life. I’m really grateful for the incredible journey and the people i met there. Dirk and Audrey are incredible Hosts and you can feel that they put their hearts in this bootcmap. I cannot recommend more this experience to everyone - and if you have any questions, hit me up on LinkedIn. Cheers!
I completed the 9 week Le Wagon bootcamp that started in June 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
It totally surpassed my expectations - I learnt far more than I thought I would, I made awesome friends and the alumni community was stronger and more global than I expected (I live in Sydney now and meet up with Le Wagoners here and everyone is super helpful on the alumni Slack channels).
I didn't do the course to change careers - I've been in finance for 10 years and I enjoy my job. I did the course because I wanted to create things and follow through on ideas. I love coding so much now that I am nonetheless contemplating a career change - either way it will be part of my life from here on.
My advice - (1) Ruby and web-apps are probably the best place to start. I was considering a mobile-app centered bootcamp but I'm glad I did Le Wagon fullstack because it empowered me with a solid understanding of a range of coding skills and concepts so it's easy for me to learn new languages and platforms. (2) Speak to alumni and the drivers of the location you are considering - the culture in the Lisbon bootcamp was perfect for me and I chose to study there specifically (I was living in New York at the time). Having a really good batch with enthusiastic teachers helps you get through the program (which can be intense at times - you have to learn super fast).
As a CEO of a new born companie in tech, i decided to attend the first batch of Le Wagon to improve my tech skills. 5 years later, it helps me to make better tech decisions on a daily basis, to understand and better work with the developer team. More than just teaching you how to write code, Le Wagon brings you the developer mindset you need to better understand the world today. Plus the community is super powerful. Life changer.
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