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 studying graphic design and working for two years as a freelance UI/UX designer in Paris, I decided to join batch #48 because I wanted to be able to develop my own projects, from the first idea to an actual web app. And I was not disappointed!
The pedagogical approach and teaching methods are designed to help the student to learn by himself and become an autonomous web developer, while learning how to work among others as part of a team — physically and online. Moreover, Le Wagon Paris staff is full of very cool and talented persons who care a lot about the welfare of all the people involved in this crazy adventure.
After probably the 9 most intense weeks of my life, I was really proud and excited to present the MVP of mnemosyne.io, the project we built during the last 10 days with 3 other students — here is a link if you want to watch it. It’s a platform to share and discover art and design master theses. I’m now working on an alpha private version and hopefully a public beta version at the end of this summer!
So if like me, you want to give life to your best ideas, I can only recommend you to apply to Le Wagon FullStack program. I promise you that you won’t regret it ;)
My 9 weeks training at Le Wagon Bordeaux (batch#51) was such an amazing experience ! The teachers team, the pedagogy, the interaction between alumnis and the projects we made, gave me really operational skills and a clear vision of what an efficient work is in full stack web developpement. In the last 10 days we built a full and working platform for delivery companies and customers with all the techs we’ve learned, like geolocalization and mapping.
Be prepared to meet exciting people, to spend hours of working and to finally blow your mind !
If you want to learn how to be a good developper, Le Wagon is made for you.
I am a student from the batch #51 at Bordeaux, I came here because I couldn’t afford to outsource my company website development, these 9 weeks have helped me to be able to do it on my own.
The school gave me more than my expectations!
The programme has been built in order to teach you how to code, to get the good developer behavior, and also to help you even after with all the training material available, and believe me… it is a great idea!
This is a serious and friendly community I am very pleased to be a part of.
Would you like to learn how to build a web application from scratch, surrounded by skillfull and friendly teachers? And follow courses at le Wagon in a beautiful city next to the sea while having a good glass of wine after hard day of work? Bordeaux may be your destination :)
Hello everybody! My name is Pierre. I have been a student at the Le Wagon - Bordeaux for 9 weeks (batch 51). How incredibe and serious the way code has been taught to me, with no experience at all in web developpement before starting the courses. (I need to remind you that the courses is also structured for advanced level students).
You will probably fall in love with ruby when coding simple programs to start, enjoy designing your database schema and play hard with ActiveRecord in Rails, the framework you will use to build your web app! Patience, one step at a time, the road is not that easy and you will have to work hard during those weeks if you really wish to assimilate intense hours of courses and code (several langages as well!)
You will also learn to design your pages, use Bootstrap and make layouts responsive to user’s devices (mobile phone, tablets etc.). Everything is made (online plateform, live codes, exercices, documentation) to make you practice and to be automomous in your work. Helpfull teachers and assistants will guide you through the courses, resolvings conflicts and bugs, giving you advices and tips when you’re stucked, and on top of that : share experience as humans with a strong passion for code! (You will meet extraordinary, available and open-minded people).
During the 10 last days at Le Wagon, you will work on a rails project in team (you build everything from scratch and present a demo in front of a public audience in the end.
I developped with my team a social online plattform to share opinions on various themes with a fun angle. It was a technical challenge to increment the Websocket ActionCable technology in our app to get results in real time with a friendly user interface.
Le Wagon – Bordeaux is also very involved in technical business life. Meetups, business conferences on various themes and they foster you to particpate in order to increase your developper’s web culture, your business vision etc.
That was honnestly the best courses I have ever had in the past few years in a great environnement: kitchen and unlimited coffee, comfy chairs and work space!
When I first came across on Le Wagon website the first thing caught my attention was their slogan: “Change your life: learn to code”. I thought this was exactly what I wanted, change my life, jump in another “adventure”.
After my 4 years in China and almost 1 in Cambodia working as a Project manager in the garment business, I wanted to go back to Europe and start again a new career.
Cause my IT background and cause ,as Project Manager, I always worked with developers I decided that the best way to go back in the market was to polish off my coding skills, which I was not touching since the university times.
To me coding always been something boring to do.
I remember at the university studying C or Pascal was a torture, thats why I decided to follow the networking path and avoid code.
But since today the world need coders I decided to give it a second opportunity and study it again in some cool course all around Europe.. and boom! That is exactly when I came across Le Wagon.
I made my decision in one night.. “if it’s cool as it look like then I have found the right course for me”.
I signed in the day after. The first available batch was in Barcelona (beautiful city!) I called them, I did my interview and finally ,after few days, I got the confirmation: I was in!
After a wait of almost 1 month, here I was , learning code in a beautiful city like Barcelona, and yes, everything was like I expected It was, absolutely fantastic.
All teachers and people from Le Wagon they were not just teachers but they were and are great human beings, taught me how to code and how to love it, they transmit me their passion and their will to keep going and to learn something new everyday.
And right now I just can’t stop! I do code everyday and I am hungry of learning more and more, knowing that now I am part of an amazing community that is there anytime I will need help.
Thanks Le Wagon for this great experience, you really changed my life.
My experience in the bootcamp was more than I could have expected. It started a bit scary and overwhelming in the first weeks but once time passed and programming and ruby notions were quickly building up in my head, it became more and more fun. The more I learned, the more possibilities I could envision. Honestly, I didn't think that I could learn how to build a fully functional web app in 9 weeks, but hey! it did happen!
Also, what really made the bootcamp for me, was the people involved - teachers, the driver, and all the other students. Its much easier to learn when everyone is heading in the same direction.
Learning to collaborate is a very important step, and the final weeks of the bootcamp are all about collaboration. I saw 10 amazing final projects built from 27 students in 2 weeks and I felt happy and proud of everyone!
My final project was a Facebook Messenger Bot that can pretty much work as a receptionist for a small hotels/hostels. And yes, in two weeks, my group figured out how to actually make it work
The feeling that stuck with me after finishing the bootcamp was that now I have the freedom and the tools to build anything I want and that feels really good! I loved it, definitely recommend it and wish I could do it again
I graduated in 2013 from a business school with a specialisation in finance, then worked for 3 years in startups before joining Le Wagon's Fullstack program.
Being immersed in this tech environment and following the latest news on startups, certainly got me curious - but how do they do it? - and I slowly gained interest in code. I first tried to learn a bit by myself thanks to online resources. The problem was that learning code on and off through 1-hour lessons on my free-time turned out to be very difficult.
I heard about Le Wagon a bit more than a year ago from an alumni and I instantly found the format was pretty suited to my needs. Learning a language and being operational in 9 weeks, it's magical. Quickly, I felt like I wanted to be able to understand this completely foreign language and I realised as well that it would be a tremendous asset the day I would decide to start a company on my own - one day - I applied right when I got the opportunity to do it.
Yes, the bootcamp is truly demanding, but the methodology so efficient: theoretical classes - not too long to keep students' attention - followed by practical exercices to do in pairs, with a different buddy everyday. Classes allow to tackle basics and exercices to quickly assimilate them, pair-programming encourages socializing but also enables to improve faster by facing the questions of others.
The last few weeks are dedicated to the development, in groups, of web applications that are pitched by the students. It is the opportunity to put into practice everything that has been previously learnt in smaller modules.
And the result is... stunning, we built from scratch real web-applications that are fully functional, in no more than 2 weeks. I am very impressed by the speed at which we learnt all that, but also very proud of our project.
During the bootcamp, I also realised all the possibilities that are brought by these new skills, and I know that they'll be useful in any type of job.
As a whole, these 9 weeks are an amazing experience, I learnt a lot, met great people and found new professional opportunities.
After graduating from my business school, I've decided to start an entrepreneurial experience with one of my friends. We've paid a web development company to create our web platform and tried to sell it to our target. For many reasons, this company has never been close to be successful and several frustrations occured during this experience. Nevertheless one frustration was bigger than the others : our inability to update/fix/improve our website by ourselves. We've obviously tried to learn alone but it was never sufficient enough to make significant modifications on our website. A few weeks after the end of this experience, I was at the HQ of Le Wagon in Paris for my 1st day of the Fullstack Program.
Le Wagon was the best answer to this frustration. After 9 intense weeks of learning with excellent teachers, I can (proudly) say that I have now enough knowledge to avoid facing this frustration again and to be able to create by myself a solid MVP. The best thing about this program is the well thought-out educational content. It makes you understand in only a few weeks, some of the hardest concepts of web development. Le Wagon has also an amazing worldwide community of teachers and alumni, ready to help you even after the bootcamp. For all of those reasons, I'll highly recommend that you enroll in the FullStack program without hesitation.
My history with Le Wagon began e few years ago, I had just presented an IT recruiting system at a Ruby meetup in Paris and chance had it that someone from Le Wagon came to this same event to present their Bootcamp. The idea of learning to code started to sprout - but with a 9 to 5 job it would not be easy to find the time for a two months full-time bootcamp.
Some springs later, destiny (or rather my wife) made me move to São Paulo. So I quit my job and started learning Portuguese. Once again, destiny made things right when I heard that Le Wagon had just launched their bootcamp in São Paulo. This time I had the available time and I jumped on the opportunity to apply to their next batch.
It started with an interview with the person in charge (Mathieu Le Roux), I felt lucky that he happened to be French since my "portuñol" was not that great. We talked about my motivations, in my case I had been working with digital for the past 6 years. I had a multitask profile: product launch, marketing, product management, acquisition strategies, mobile apps... but always felt frustrated for not being able to master 100% of the product chain. The interview went well, I just needed to complete an online course so that my application would be valid.
One month later the bootcamp started and I felt the first week was really tough. Lots of new concepts everyday had me come home every night with some heavy headaches. It's only after the third week that I felt things became clearer to me, just when we actually connect all the concepts to concrete practical applications. From then on, things started to feel more natural and automatic. After that we had a few more weeks to learn Front End, which for me was easier since I had already created some sites using HTML and CSS.
And finally, the two best weeks: the final project. Our small group of 4 people wanted to create a recruiting site targeted to developers, with a matching algorithm to find the best profile for each job offer. The team was extra motivated and we worked everyday up to 10pm. It was feature after feature: anonym and public profiles, search engine, matching algorithm, online payment, admin interface, responsiveness...
The last day finally arrived and it was the moment to demo our product: programathor.com.br. Even though I had improved my Portuguese during these two months, pitching the project myself was still a little bit out of reach. So Julien and Leandro got the responsibility to demo the project, and they brilliantly did! Check out the video!
After Le Wagon I am still considering launching ProgramaThor as a proper business in Brazil and keep improving the platform so I don't forget what I've learned. I'm impressed and proud of what we have accomplished in only two weeks and of what I feel capable of doing after only two months. If you're reading this and still have questions about the program, feel free to contact me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/etiennecurati/
I was part of Le Wagon Batch #74... TLDR: it’s a life changing course to take.
Unlike most of my cohort, I didn’t use Le Wagon as an opportunity to change career and become a developer. Already working in the tech industry, I felt it was important to learn to code in order to understand product development more deeply and also what developers go through. I also wanted to get enough coding chops so that I could contribute to side-projects. In both of those areas the course was a resounding success.
In particular, Le Wagon London were great. Amazing teachers, great atmosphere, and a very product centric course meant we had a lovely time and learnt a ridiculous amount in 9 short weeks. It really was one of the most intense things I’ve ever done - they’re not kidding when they say 2 years of learning in only 2 months. What’s even better is that the overall opportunity cost is quite low; 9 weeks long and c. £6k.
Given the commitment, I’d recommend the course to anybody who’s even slightly curious. Technology is taking over the world and being able to understand/ do web development (a core technology stack) will be a huge help in future proofing your profile. It may even open your eyes up to an exciting career in web development that you didn’t previously think possible - the jobs are definitely there. Good luck!
“Everybody in this country should learn how to program, because it teaches you how to think.” Steve Jobs
Have you ever asked yourself if your ideas could be turned into concepts and even more into designed products ? Because i must say, i have. I’ve always been curious about how entrepreneurs had been able to create such great companies like Google, Facebook or Airbnb, companies where the product is the core of everything. Well, obviously, i needed to learn how to code to find out. So last January, just after my M1 in Business Management, i decided to join the 48th Batch of Le Wagon Paris.
I have to say that i am impressed. It was just incredible. The team, the courses, the teachers, the environnement, the events.. Everything was just amazing. It’s been a long journey, but at the end i am really grateful.
To be completely honest, beside being able to learn how to develop a web app in only 2 months, which is already unbelievable, the adventure was humanely incredible. I’ve met and worked with people from different cultures and completely different backgrounds. I’ve learned more from the friends i’ve made than I thought I would and most of all, i’ve finished the program with a real sense of accomplishment.
I now joined le Hub Bpifrance as a start up analyst/growth hacker and planning to build my own start up when i graduate.
Feel free to contact me on Linkedin, i’d be glad to give you more details about this experience.
Before Le Wagon I was working at a hospital in New York City as a central sterile technician which not surprisingly did not involve any coding at all. Although I enjoyed my job I realized I had the ideas and desire to create things but I was not sure how to bring my ideas to life. I created my first Wordpress website but I quickly realized how limited I was with it. I then hired a developer and as I read through his code I thought to myself anyone who could read and write this stuff was a wizard! And could do anything!
Months later I decided to make a change by traveling abroad to Asia and to gain some perspective. I thought after travelling I would come back to New York and really dedicate my time to learning how to code. But while traveling in Asia I met someone who told me about Le Wagon and how it changed her life. It allowed her to become a digital nomad and work from wherever her heart desired, which in my eyes was exactly what I wanted. So shortly after this encounter I applied to join the first batch of Le Wagon in Bali.
During the bootcamp it became very clear that it would by no means be easy. I often struggled to wrap my head around complex logic but the instructors were so amazing and helpful that I never felt stranded or alone. Help was always available and resources were always provided to assist anyone who was in need and this is something I felt was the magic that makes Le Wagon so successful.
During the last few weeks we built our own Web apps and if pressure makes diamonds, that was exactly what every person in our camp became. The amount of hard work, dedication and understanding Le Wagon fosters in each student was beyond my own expectations. I was able to finish the camp strong, confident and proud. If you are a creative person and are looking to change your life, Le Wagon is the perfect environment to help you become a “wizard” and really grant you the power to take control of your future.
Before attending Le Wagon Bali, I was working in the Building Industry in Singapore for 10 years, an industry which is not related to coding at all and an industry which is unfortunately left behind when it comes to digitalisation.
I have always been a creative person, curious about new technologies, and several ideas of web products came to my mind during the last few years. But I felt a bit frustrated because I felt completely disconnected from the “tech industry”, and I had no idea of the right approach to adopt in order to develop my ideas.
Then a friend recommended Le Wagon to me and as the first batch in Bali was about to be launched, I decided to enroll. I am very happy with my decision, and luckily my friend has told me about Le Wagon.
To be clear, the 2 months in the bootcamp were very intense, and the Le Wagon program requires a lot of commitment and hard work. But the program is amazingly well structured, and step by step, day by day, you are progressively getting the full picture of fullstack development.
When we started on the first day of the bootcamp, we discovered the hidden part of the Le Wagon iceberg: a powerful web platform, gathering in one place all tools needed by the students: lectures, videos, resources, assignments, tutorials, etc.. I have been really amazed by this platform, available to all students, and for life. After Le Wagon, this platform is priceless, as I can retrieve all the lectures videos and resources, helping me to go further about any specific subject.
The 3 last weeks of the bootcamp were the richest weeks because we had the opportunity to develop two real web apps, working as a team all day long, and putting into practice all the skills learnt during the first 5 weeks. It is such a good feeling to actually build stuff, to be focused on it, and to realise what we were actually able to do!
Doing the bootcamp in Bali is the cherry on the cake, learning to code in this kind of environment is just amazing. With classmates coming from all around the world it was an amazing experience, and I had the chance to develop true friendship with some of the students.
I am overall very satisfied with this bootcamp. Not only have I learnt and practiced many technical skills in a condensed period of time, now I also feel very confident in building my own product. I have a very clear picture of all the steps to follow to do so and a clear insight of the available technologies. Last but not least, the support of the alumni community and the support of the Le Wagon web platform is absolutely worth every cent!
To conclude, I will definitively recommend Le Wagon to anyone as it is an asset that you will keep with you for life, no matter what you do after the bootcamp. Even if I go back to my previous role in the Building Industry, I will certainly have an enriched approach on my future challenges, will hopefully be a better version of myself, and I will look at coming opportunities with a different perspective!
I am Mo from Thailand and am now a WeChat mini-program developer in Chengdu, China. Many years before Le Wagon I worked at a virtual tour company (but this was even before Google Street View so you could imagine things were very different in tech!). Last year, I worked as an IT Manager for managing IT outsourcing, web development and team building at Saraff Infotech (Thailand).
Now, I am staying with my wife in Chengdu, China. I like the city as it is developing very fast. Because I missed a lot of new web technologies while I was an IT outsourcing manager, I wanted to get back into the industry. Therefore, I wanted to learn the most recent tech practices as well as make friends in Chengdu, which is why I joined Le Wagon :)
My experience at Le Wagon Chengdu
First of all, I registered last minute for Le Wagon, so I was considering whether it was a good idea or not. Yet after the bootcamp, I can say it was the best decision to guide me to become a good developer and innovator.
Prior to Le Wagon, I tried to learn many things by myself but that was a waste of time because I didn’t know which was the correct direction to learn and practice. Nowadays, new web technologies are too various, yet they are all connected. If you want to study by yourself, maybe it will take 1-2 years to know where are the best practices. In Le Wagon, lecturers and mentors are very experienced and experts, usually for more than 10 years. Also the Le Wagon method teaches students how to learn and apply other technologies by yourself. Now I can accelerate my learning and skills after Le Wagon.
Impression of the program
I got something beyond my expectation. I learned WeChat Mini-Programs - the new technology launched by Tencent in 2017, which I really like. It enables me to enter the China market with presence on a powerful APP like WeChat.
Moreover, I like my Le Wagon friends, lecturers and mentors. They are kind people and very optimistic to build a strong developer community in Chengdu. We all come from very different backgrounds, lifestyles and careers.
Best practices for web development skills and learning.
Methods and planning to build APPs in a short time.
These are very useful to continue learning and make projects in my IT career path.
Life after Le Wagon
Now, I am focusing on WeChat Mini Program development and working with one of mentors, who is continuing to help us understand how to organize as team developers and how to be successful entrepreneurs.
Suggestions for you
I highly recommend Le Wagon’s bootcamp in China. Both team Le Wagon Chengdu and Shanghai are very strong and passionate to build a very good developer and entrepreneur community.
For those who do not have any IT skills before, this course can reduce time to learn by yourself from 1-2 years in 2 months. Moreover, we can keep learning and share experiences in the Le Wagon community after you graduate!
Before I heard of Le Wagon in Barcelona I was doing a monotonous job with no excitement at all and for a long time felt that I did not want to carry on with that line of work for the rest of my life; I had been interested in computer science, attending many different courses in MOOC platforms over the past years but I had the feeling that I was missing the best part of CS.
Then all Barcelona Bootcamps offered an open doors day and after visiting all of them it is when I met Le Wagon and its driver, Gus de Vita; immediately I felt they were for me because of its different approach to classic computer science where endless lectures are given with little or none practical exercises while LW heavily focuses on practical extremely challenging exercises where we are required to give our best to grasp a solid knowledge of the lecture given earlier in the morning.
They were teaching the whole full stack web development in a way that while I was participating in the course all my expectations were completely fulfilled and the course itself, mind-blowing: the educational methods, teachers assistants, daily class structure, exercise challenges and much more gave me the knowledge, confidence and tools to develop a career of my own in computer science.
Don’t get me wrong, it is not a doddle! A lot of hard work, effort, time investment and commitment are expected from the student side to be successful! Good things don’t come easy, but once is achieved the reward feels twice bigger than expected.
I absolutely endorse this course to take not only your cs skills to top level but to change your mindset and convince yourself that you are capable of, by hard effort, achieve anything that you aim. Le Wagon is absolutely worth every cent!
I was originally a Data Analyst, but after working with developing teams for a couple of years, I developed a curiosity and desire to learn how to code web apps myself!
What thrilled me the most, was the idea to be able to create something on my own in order then to convince people to join in my quest to conquer the web!
That is what brought me to take LeWagon’s Full Stack Web Dev. Bootcamp.
The course was incredibly well structured, each day planned to add a brick in what would become an intricate but solid castle of awesomeness.
Mind you, it was tough! You better be willing to get you hands dirty (metaphorically speaking of course!) but the teachers at Le Wagon provide you with all the necessary tools in order to surpass all the challenges ahead.
It was an incredible experience that climaxed with the final project of having succeeded to be able to have created a real-life, live, functioning web application..and in just 2 months!
I’m still mindblown if you ask me!
But if Web Developer is the path you are willing to choose, the end of the bootcamp is only but the beginning!
I myself am constantly learning and coding in my free time starting to develop personal projects which I can finally be able to bring to life thanks to the Bootcamp :slightly_smiling_face:
My background is in oceanography, focused on physical oceanography, ocean modeling, data analysis and research. Before Le Wagon, I had just finished my masters in oceanography where I learned so much about scientific Python, data, plotting and how to write science in a friendly way. Together with being an oceanographer, I was always interested in new technologies, startups, how the entire process to come up with an idea worked and what was the best way to show that idea to the world. That's where LeWagon comes in. I've always wanted to shorten the gap between academia and the public, so I thought the source of all the knowledge (internet) could help me with that.
I started LeWagon after hearing from another friend that took the course and, after the first weeks, I knew the investment was worth it. For me, the structure of the course really helped me through the learning process and, as I saw myself getting better over time, I could see the order things were taught was really making a difference and was helping me not to get confused. By learning ruby first, I saw the potential the language had in making clean and very understandable programs. After that, we saw database, internet protocols, OOP, front-end, APIs (we actually had much more than that) and, after 7 weeks, we had the final project. For me, the final project was a good summary of what we learned in 9 weeks and I was so proud of what me and my group did in such a short time (if you're curious - http://www.doctorwho.reviews/) . Just the idea of learning how to use google maps in your page, how to make it responsive, how to use a "Facebook Login", was such a big thing for me. Before the classes I didn't pay much attention to all the processes involved in making a website function in a fast, responsive way.
Besides the material, the teachers and TAs were also very good. What really amazed me was that, because Le Wagon is an international school, the same classes I had in Brazil, were also being taught somewhere in Tokyo, so I now have access to this large community with different ideas and backgrounds from all over the world.
After finishing the course, I didn't start working right away because of other reasons, but I'm still practicing, developing and learning new frameworks, technologies and programming languages. I know some of the things I learned might become obsolete in the near future, but I'm way more qualified to learn new things now than I was before.
Before I joined Le Wagon in Barcelona I had recently came back from the United States to my home country, Colombia. I graduated from the University of Miami with two majors in Business, management and finance. After working for more than a year in a bank a came to the conclusion that being an employee is not what I wanted in my life so I decided to come back to Colombia into a fresh start and the best option for me to build my own business.
After giving some thought and research I realized that every job/business that I could think of and inspired me into creating was related to coding and yet I had no idea of what coding was like. Therefore I researched some more into what could be the best school possible for me to learn to code and most importantly start a business through an app. Le Wagon was the best option I could find that had all I was looking for and also included the opportunity of building a new app with other students which made the experience even better than what I was looking for.
Now that Le Wagon ended I can say I was completely fulfilled in my interest of acquiring knowledge in an area I had no clue about. For the moment I have not been able to code since I have been busy completing many applications for an MBA study I want to start later this year. However, because of the app I built at Le Wagon Barcelona and that I have bragged about with some friends, I have received some proposals for me to build a website and an app for one of my friends’ clinic, and for two other friends that have starting restaurants. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of coding again and I can only imagine all the doors this knowledge will open in my future in business, complete and total gratitude to Le Wagon!
Even as Marketer with over 15 years of experience in product and marketing, my great frustration was not had learned coding at the beginning of my career. When younger, I worked as web designer for a while and could learn a little bit of HTML. I joined an IT team in a financial company and since beginning I was very interested in learning more on software development. As the only woman in the team, I started showing interest in learning coding - but the only help or directions I got was a huge C# book and a “study by yourself” as a support.
Time passed, I went through amazing experiences in great companies and startups, always in areas such as Marketing, E-Commerce, Business or Product Development. And product development was, by far, the most interesting area for me. Build something from scratch, discuss solutions with developers and understand how things work and improve them was really fascinating. I also had some ideas that I’d like to develop, use and eventually launch as a product. But never had the chance of prototyping it.
One year ago I had a great role as Senior Product Marketing Manager in one of the biggest technology companies of the world. And besides that, I was frustrated as I felt that my job didn’t make any sense: I wasn’t learning anything relevant, wasn’t happy with my role at the company and I wasn’t making the impact I would like to make around me.
I left that company and decided to change my career. Had decided that from now on, I’d look for something that could fulfil me and make me feel happy again. I wanted to learn, build something innovative and solve real problems.
That was when I found LeWagon.
Those 9 weeks of bootcamp didn’t taught me only to code in Ruby. I learned since basic concepts such as Git, Object Oriented Programming, MVC, until to architect a database or develop a beautifully responsible Front End.
Those were really intensive days with a well structured teaching methodology that included daily challenges, super updated tools and the most important: the support from the Teachers and TA’s.
At the end, me and my colleagues developed a prototype for improving the Brazilian public health system in 2 weeks. And a marketplace for a B2B2C in 4 days! Was so incredible to start from scratch and, in a few days, see a new product to born and work!!
Those 9 weeks were the turning point of my career - and even of my life. I not only became a developer but I also changed my path. Yet during the bootcamp I started receiving invitations for tech roles jobs in amazing companies. I ended up accepting an offer from SAP Hybris and became a member of their Expert Services as a Functional Consultant for Marketing and Commerce. I never though I would work in this role in such great company and my journey so far has been so amazing. I am still learning everyday and without LeWagon, I wouldn’t be able to develop this path, do simple things as install and configure a software via Terminal or discuss functionalities considering the database in place.
Change my career with 36 years old was not a plan one year ago. It was actually something like a will that was far from happening. Deciding for “pivoting” my path at that point in my career was not easy. Thankfully I found LeWagon and with help from them, the Teachers, the TA’s and all Alumni community, I started a new and exciting new journey - and I’m so glad with that!
An incredible experience from beginning to end. For those who are still hesitant to get started or who are looking for information before doing so, I wrote an article on my Medium blog : https://medium.com/@maximeblondel/le-wagon-changed-my-life-and-they-had-warned-9e8ceedfdd70
— Thanks again to all the Paris Team !
Before Le wagon I had been working in the TV / Advertising industry. My job evolved as a Producer and I began working more closely with Web Developers. Teaching myself to code became a necessity in order to have the language and understanding to do my job more effectively. Realising very quickly that I wanted to take the learning more seriously, I decided to enrol myself in a boot camp.
After doing a lot of research on which boot camp to choose, I took the plunge and signed up for Le Wagon. The boot camp didn’t disappoint, the content of each day’s lectures was supported by the challenges students had to complete themselves. Additionally the teachers and TAs were really supportive and made the learning process really enjoyable.
I highly recommend Le Wagon, for the learning experience and the community that you become a part of.
… and I have just landed my first developer job! So thanks Le Wagon, I couldn’t have done it without you.
I worked in a restaurant for 4 years before I felt like I needed to make a change in my career. I was always interested in technology, but I felt like it’s hard to learn. I believe technology can make the world a better place and I wanted to be a part of that. At first, I enrolled in a basic course about web development on Udemy before joining Le Wagon, but without having any results. It was hard for me to understand and actually code something.
Then in autumn, I made a decision that changed my life. I applied to Le Wagon Barcelona and I am glad I did. It was hard at first, but the Le Wagon teachers were absolutely fantastic and helpful. At first, it was hard for me to learn how to code, but the teachers made sure I make progress and they really helped me along the way. At the end of the Bootcamp, I was part of a team of three that launched an amazing project called FollowTheFoodTruck. It was the first project I was a part of and it made me very proud of my achievements.
Looking back at the whole experience, I can say that Le Wagon was the best investment I made in myself and my career. I started with 0 experience and knowledge of how to code and now I am already doing small projects and I am confident I can help change the world.
Thank you Gus and Le Wagon!
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