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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My name is George, and I’m a farmer looking to change how we buy our groceries. I work with my mum, on our 52 acre organic farm near Byron Bay, Australia (Check it out on instagram @farm.and.co ). However it wasn’t always as easy and idyllic as it sounds. For a long time, we were selling to wholesale markets, and struggling to make a profit.
Not long ago we changed our business model, and now sell all of our products direct to consumer, at our doorstep. In this model, we see an opportunity for customers to buy direct from the farmer whilst also providing producers with a fair wage.
I want to bring this model to more farmers and food makers. So I decided to go to Le Wagon.
At Le Wagon, I was lucky to meet some amazing people from all around the world. Some of which I am still working on projects with today. Each day we worked on projects and challenges, and 9 weeks later we each know how to code. The bootcamp was amazing, including patient, caring teachers, awesome facilities for all the students and yoga each week as promised.
It’s still hard to believe I can now code. I feel like a magician. Almost anything I want to create, I can. Currently I am perfecting my idea and will be launching on the 12th of May. You can view it at farmandco.com.au
Before joining Le Wagon, I had never had a relationship with computers. Any problem I'd have I'd go running to my boyfriend for help. I had been a teacher before joining and at university I'd studied Art History, nothing related to computers at all. I didn't think I'd have it in me to be good at web development. What was web development?
After meeting lots of self- taught coder digital nomads and hearing some good reviews of Le Wagon I decided it was now or never to try to change my career. Time to try something new, put my brain to work like it never had before and learn how to code. I was lucky that Lisbon had a Le Wagon school and even luckier that I was able to get the resident's scholarship which made it much more affordable.
I did Batch 122 which started in January, in the cold, wet winter months I thought were perfect for hibernating and coding away. And that's what I did, all day, everyday.
At first the weeks were extremely hard for me, I'd never used my brain like this, I was tired, some days I did not understand how to solve the exercises, I thought I'd never be good enough...There were days I went home sad and frustrated, others however, when I felt on top of the world excited about the new things I had learnt and what I was able to achieve. Understanding the challenges, working out the code for myself was both elating and inspirational! As the weeks proceeded I realised that it wasn't sustainable worrying about understanding every single line of code. You have to trust in yourself and even if you have trouble doing so, trust in the system and the course and at some point you will start to realise that even though things don't get easier, you can solve them as your confidence increases. At some point you think: I can do this! It's a wonderful feeling.
The challenges are never easy, from Day 1 you go through a baptism of fire but with the help of teachers and the other classmates you will feel very proud getting through it all. Le Wagon achieves this in 3 primary and essential ways:
1. The teachers and TA are an absolute dream-team. Extremely knowledgeable, helpful, supportive with unrelenting patience and the desire to make you understand and more importantly to empower you how to achieve results for yourself. They also have an amazing energy and a great sense of humor making them so much fun to be around - Superteachers!
2. The buddy system - everyday you are set up with a new buddy, this helps immensely because some days you are being helped by a stronger student and other days you find yourself being the stronger one, mentoring your buddy. Then you feel you've really understood. The buddy system allows you to find your strengths and weaknesses and form strong bonds with your classmates.
3. The community and the atmosphere. Le Wagon is a family and you really feel that from Day 1. Our manager and community-manager Shannon and Maria were superb at making us feel at ease and involved at all times. We would have a weekly Friday dinner and many other activities which allowed us to bond with each other and the teachers. Beer pong, dancing, doughnuts and snacks, hugs, you name it, we had it!
Now that my Le Wagon experience has ended I am still very much tied to the community and I would be very sad if that were not so. These are bonds made for life and I know that if I ever have a programming problem I have tens of people I can turn to for help. I am hoping to find a job as a Junior Developer and really achieving my goal of changing my career and my life.
Extremely highly recommended course and experience and a special shout out to the Lisbon school. The people involved have a big heart and it shows in their teaching, organizing, the ability to motivate people and make it fun!
The decision I made to join Le Wagon was the best decision I have ever made. Previously I was working as an accounting-software-consultant and I had only 2 options. To continue the job which I did not like that much or to quit and be lost. But, Le Wagon changed my life in only 9 weeks. The course is super intensive and at the end of the course, I was able to build web applications by myself and ready to apply for junior developer positions.
Best things about Le Wagon is that you meet great people from various background, and they are all super nice guys! Also, all of them are highly motivated to sophisticate their programming skills so that you will never be disappointed.
After the boot-camp, I still work together with them to prepare for job hunting, go out for drinks (especially in Berlin you may experience intense Friday nights like I did but anyway) etc. Events such as alumni talks are useful in order to prepare for things you want to do, for instance searching for jobs, freelancing and so on.
One thing I regret is that, I should have done Le Wagon earlier in my life :(
Among all the bootcamps, I think this is one of the best way to learn about web development. Le wagon Lyon provides high level training with very talented teachers. I highly recommend Le Wagon to anyone looking for a career change or for technical skills to develop a business. It's definitely not easy, but you wont regret it!
One more important thing: Le wagon is a human experience too, you’ll have the opportunity to develop great friendships and networks. All the staff cares about the happiness of the students and are willing to create a supportive environment to help you achieve all the goals of the training.
Among all the bootcamps, I think this is one of the best way to learn about web development. Le wagon Lyon provides high level training with excellent teachers. I highly recommend Le Wagon to anyone looking for a career change or for technical skills to develop a business. It's definitely not easy, but you wont regret it!
One more important thing: Le wagon is a human experience too, you’ll have the opportunity to develop great friendships and networks. All the staff cares about the happiness of the students and are willing to create a supportive environment to help you achieve all the goals of the training.
Thanks again Matthieu, Kevin and Joseph!
Without going into my life story too much I recently quit my job working at a social media startup after feeling fed up with customer complaints day in day out and knowing I was capable of a lot more.
I had started to take an interest in coding since I was already capable of designing websites and I wanted to take it to the next level. For me, it was all about self-achievement I just wasn't getting enough satisfaction designing website anymore.
During my downtime from work, I tried to teach myself how to code but lacked the focus and was too easily distracted and didn't find myself making much progress. So started looking for classes/bootcamps on how to code. I found Le Wagon which had glowing 5 starts reviews (which made me a bit sceptical at first) and after researching them a bit more I decided to pull the trigger and go for it.
I'm still young but honestly, I have never made a better decision in my life. I learnt more in my 9 weeks at Le Wagon then I ever did in an entire year of college. No matter your age or background if you are even slightly considering doing it then seriously just take the plunge, you will look back at it in the future as a defining point in your life.
Having completed the latest batch at Le Wagon London, I can honestly say this has been the most incredible, life changing experience I've had.
Before Le Wagon, I worked as a builder. At the end of Le Wagon I was a junior developer. It may sound simplistic but that's the case for everyone who completes this course. They give you the solid foundations, understanding and skills to perform as a competent junior developer and get a job in the real world.
The course is not easy though and you definitely get out of it what you put in to it. If you're not commited, you'll drown. It's a demanding and intense course that takes up 45 full days of your brain power and stamina. Having said this though, it's also brilliantly fun and engaging. Ed Ward and the team at Le Wagon London make the whole experience worth getting up in the morning for. Every week there's an interesting event hosted either at the course offices or at Google Campus. They put on drinks every friday for the alumni and it this stuff that set's it apart from the other courses.
In terms of job help, they provide several talks from industry leaders and past alumni to help you understand how to get your first job if this is your aim after the course. There is no need to spend a further 3 weeks and £2,5k getting this element like the other courses in the London area. You will get a job after the course and you'll have the demonstratable skills to prove to employers that you're worth employing.
I would say that, if you are looking for the best course for your money that will give you the skills and understanding to get a job as a junior developer, then you've already found it.
I always wanted to backpack across Asia. Just over a year ago I left my job to hike the Himalayas and at the same time I started a travel blog to share my experience. Out of fun and curiosity, I tried to get into web design. I signed up to a few online coding courses to try to teach myself but I quickly realized that paradoxically you need to know how to code before you can learn to code! I ended up getting lost in the mass of information and wasting a lot of time.
I was determined to change things so I bit the bullet and paused my travels to enroll in the immersive coding bootcamp Le Wagon in Bali where I heard the climate was warm and the culture magical. I have not regretted it ever since.
To summarise the bootcamp experience in a few words is not easy but I can say for certain that it far exceeded my expectations. The amount you learn in such a short time is incredible.
The course fed us wave after wave of new concepts everyday but the teachers, the structure and the course platform make the learning process simple and effective. We were taught the back-end language of Ruby and its framework Rails, then covered 3 front-end languages, database management and a wealth of other material. We learnt through a combination of daily quizzes, exercises, live codes and even flashcards after class to reinforce the lectures and we did this endlessly over five weeks. By the sixth week, we were able to create an Airbnb clone. It would have been impossible for me to do this by myself, let alone in such a short time.
By the seventh week, the bootcamp builds up to the apex of idea pitching, project selection and definition, using the sprint methodology to build a working prototype from absolute scratch in 10 days. I am pleased to say that our team performed tremendously and the app looked amazing. We presented the project on Demo Day as you would to an investor but in our case in front of a packed room of tech enthusiasts living and working in Bali who asked me some tough queestions! There is no better training ground than this.
But because we all know we can never fully master the infinite world of web design let alone in two months, the point of difference with other bootcamps and the power of Le Wagon is exactly this – 1. it gives you the ability to transform your ideas into a working web app that is ready to be shown to the world by the end of the bootcamp, 2. you will feel you are able to code independently, solve your own problems and 3. be ready to enter the tech world and embark on new undertakings. Right now, I feel nothing will stand in my way of coding and learning more coding which is exactly what I came to Bali for.
Less than a month since I finished the bootcamp, I am working on the project I built at Le Wagon with the hope to launch it as a startup soon. At the same time, I'm studying React with no major problem. I have also already been contacted for some freelance contracts.
To put it in a nutshell, at the age of 29, Le Wagon gave me the ability to start a new career. I could not have asked for anything better. The motto of Le Wagon is "Change your life: learn to code", and I guarantee you that it could not have been more appropriate. If you want to learn coding, Le Wagon is the best investment you could make!
And did I forget to say if you take the course in Bali, you will love your time spent mixing coding with an early-morning surf or a sundowner beer on the beach, all for a fraction of the price elsewhere. That is why I am calling Bali home for a little while longer.
What attracted me to Le Wagon's program was how well structured the course content was: starting from with the fundamentals of programming, to object-oriented programming, to databases, to front-end and finally the group projects for the last 3 weeks. The last 3 weeks was especially fun because everything we learned in the previous weeks began to click, which provided the confidence for the groups in our batch to create some great-looking webapps in our final demoday!
The buddy system that every Le Wagon student goes through for the daily challenges was a GREAT way to learn programming, and I felt this was one of the strongest parts of the bootcamp's design. In my experience, this ended up being mutually beneficial for myself and whoever my partner was for the day. If I felt that I was struggling with a challenge I could always ask my partner for tips and advice, and if my partner needed assistance I could help them out and explain concepts to see if I really understood them. Furthermore, I found it incredibly useful practice to work with different people when it comes to solving coding problems.
In addition, the teachers and TAs were super helpful with their advice and patient with their time. What I appreciated the most was that they TRULY understood that everyone in the batch had different learning curves/speeds. So regardless if you were doing well or struggling with the coding challenges, you never really felt alone or left behind. Le Wagon also has a TON of additional resources and guides which students can access during (and even after) the 9-week bootcamp!
Since the Le Wagon ended I've found myself building webapps for fun, and even managed to land several job interviews from interesting companies. I salute Le Wagon for providing me with a wonderful learning experience, as well as enabling my confidence to pursue a career in Web Development.
So if you're looking for an immersive, valuable program to learn web development, Le Wagon is going to be your best bet!
I've always been an entrepreneur and my own boss since leaving university 10 years. I used to run a fast food business an grew frustrated with the scalability of it. So I tried some online coding and realised the power of it. Fast forward 9 months, the week I left Le Wagon I started a web agency with a friend from the course and we got out first customers that week.
Le Wagon was genuinely one of the best things I've ever done. I am now my own boss again. Apart from the odd meeting, I can work anywhere I want, whenever I want, as long we deliver for our customers, which we are doing.
Le Wagon is not just for entrepreneurs. The speed at which my class mates landed developer jobs is faster than any other industry I know. The level this 9 week course can get you to is unimaginable until you actually do it. All my classmates are happily employed either full time or freelance and loving their new lives.
Software is eating the world. Don't get left behind.
Mid-2017, after 7+ years working as a consultant in the banking sector, I felt like I needed a fresh new start. Tired of endless meetings and committees, looking for agility and dynamism, I also took the decision to start working on my own projects. For that, I needed a new set of skills: coding!
A friend of mine – now a freelance developer - had undertaken Le Wagon bootcamp in Paris 1 year before that and convinced me to do the same. So I joined the London batch mid-January 2018 for two months… and it was insanely great! Best experience ever, from my point of view. It was like going back to school but this time I loved it!
But you have to be committed, I mean really committed! Learning something new 9h hours a day is not easy, especially when you left school 10 years ago like me (I am 33). But it is so cool solving puzzles all day long with people that eventually become your friends!
In Le Wagon, I met incredibly rich and different profiles: an Olympic swimmer, a former consultant, a ski instructor, an investment banker, a chocolate producer, a teacher, an electrician… And that’s what makes the beauty of it! Here, everyone is different but we are all doing the same thing. And that variety comes really handy when the time arrives you have to be creative, especially the last two weeks when you have to build your own app from scratch.
Every day starts with a 1h30 lesson on a specific topic. Then you are paired with a buddy and you have to go through as many exercises as you can together, leave no man behind!
It is actually a great system since explaining or being explained something is always useful for both parts. And if you get stuck, you can raise a ticket and one of the teachers will come to help you within minutes.
The two last weeks are dedicated to building your own project with a team or joining a team with a project. By group of 3 to 4 people, you build your app from scratch until the final demo day during which you present what you built in front of 100 people at Google Campus. Both scary and awesome!
If you want to have a look at what my team and I achieved during those two last weeks, go to www.journease.online, a one stop shop for your journeys.
As a conclusion, I absolutely loved those 2 months in Le Wagon. I wanted to learn the basis of coding and I did, more than that actually. I wanted to meet people (I am new in London) and I actually made some very good friends. I wanted to build something, my team and I built an app I am really proud of. I wanted to have fun and I most certainly did :slightly_smiling_face:
Le Wagon is not the cheapest coding bootcamp (nor the most expensive either actually) but it is definitely worth it from my point of view. Their promise is “change your life, learn to code” it is more than fuffilled.
I have been working as a Digital Project Manager/Interactive Producer for the past 12 plus years at quite a few interactive Digital Agencies in Southern California. Until 3 years ago, I quit a solid full time job of 6 years because I was simply burnt out. Late nights, weekend work, and no real social life… I had to do something. When I quit my job, I really did not have a plan, but knew I wanted to have my own business, travel more, and to be in control of my time.
After traveling a bit, I decided to start a small interactive agency. Things picked up quick and a big issue I was facing was finding reliable talent. I decided to learn more about the current state of the web development world to enhance my understanding and become a better Digital Project Manager. I needed to get up to date with front end development(started in digital as a web developer years ago) and have always been intimidated by the backend.
I came across Le Wagon after going through a few dev bootcamp review sites. After checking out some of the Youtube videos and all the locations around the world, I knew I had to go. But which one?
Next thing you know I am in Barcelona. First time in Spain and learning full stack development at Le Wagon. The curriculum covers everything you need to know to get started with front and backend development. Each day you are challenged and building up to create your very own web application. Of course you are not building it alone, you and your comrades you have been training with through the course are coming together daily to make it happen. And we made it happen!
Teachers are awesome, course content is well thought out and presented well, and the support is exceptional. It was a good choice and think that taking the course was long overdue. I wish I would have signed up sooner. The digital world is moving fast, and if you want to stay current you have to be sure you are around the right people and resources. Le Wagon has been that place for me and has provided the knowledge upgrade I needed to take my skill set to the next level. The skills I have attained through Le Wagon have assisted in enhancing processes in my business as well as locating and hiring more reliable talent. I also have a newfound love for backend coding.
Thank you Le Wagon!
Why Le Wagon?
I've always been interested by computer sciences. I decided, a few months ago to apply at Le Wagon Bordeaux... And it was one of the best human and educational mission I have experienced so far.
This training has been structured in such a way, it gives a maximum of technical knowledge in a minimal amount of time. It has lots of advises, in order to give us a great autonomy in order to be efficient after the ned of the Bootcamp. The community worldwide approach is just perfect. That's mainly why I recommend Le Wagon.
In order to help you to understand what we are able to achieve after the nine weeks, I will explain more about the final project, which has been elaborated by Joseph Binyoum Bayemi and myself during the last two weeks in the Wagon.
Our project named Bookmate is a web application. It connects (using a messenger) readers through literary taste and allows them to communicate. https://www.bookmate.club (if you are curious). Say it sounds simple but believe me, seven weeks ago we would have been unable to do it.
If my experience could help some to make choices, I can only recommend that you go on (https://www.lewagon.com) to register, for the undecided I invite you to go read other feedback. See you soon
I was a third year Business Cinematic Arts student with no idea of where I wanted to proceed. Though I have had ideas in the past, I lacked the hard skills to bring them to life. Frustrated, I took this semester off, eager to explore the topics I been intrigued by. As I researched different bootcamps, I was drawn to Le Wagon’s approach of bringing coding skills to creative people. Little did I know, my decision to join Le Wagon would also jumpstart my understanding and career in UX Design, Web Development and Product Management.
The first three weeks were tough but the Teaching Assistants were always around to answer questions and explain a concept again. While I was managing to complete the challenges, I did not take full advantage of what Le Wagon had to offer. I would leave before Live Code and spent little time with my batch. It wasn’t until the forth week that I was partnered with a buddy who insisted I stayed for Live Code and drinks. I stayed and my experience at Le Wagon changed for the absolute better. I got to know the Teaching Assistants on a more personable level, making it easier to ask questions during lecture and inquiring how to move forward from the bootcamp. I became more engaged as my buddy of the day would be a fellow coder and a friend. We would spend the day debating the best method to solve the coding challenge and joking around in between. I became eager to stay after I completed the challenges and even Live Code-d in front of my whole batch. If you allow it, this experience will not be a lonely nor purely academic one. Le Wagon is a warm space for learning wholeheartedly, asking a ton of questions, making friends, creating business partnerships, and coming up with ideas.
The final three weeks at Le Wagon were my favorite - Project Weeks. This is when I was introduced to UX Design and Product Management. We started with Figma, an interface design tool, to map out what we wanted the web-app to look like. We spent the day brainstorming the user journey and dreaming about the website’s features. At the end of the day, we showcased our initial designs. The projects you will build with your team mates are a testament to how well Le Wagon prepares you. My team ended most days surprised and impressed with the work we have done. The workspace turns into a mini hub of start-ups. Each group vigorously coding away, enthusiastically brainstorming and collaboratively working. I was exhilarated from the energy I felt each day.
The results? By the 6th week at Le Wagon, I secured a job as a UX Designer and Front End Web Developer at a Tech Start Up I am truly passionate about. Le Wagon gave me the coding skills I needed to be in the creative spaces I never dared to dream about. I am now able to have a career that is an amalgamation of my creative and analytical side.
I have just graduated from Le Wagon, an intensive 9 weeks coding bootcamp. It was my first time programming and I absolutely loved it. These are my key take-aways from it.
Three Broken clichés:
- Coding is lonely:
Before joining Le Wagon, I had the image of coders as lonely, weird people who spent their days in front of screens, by themselves in a dark garage, eating cereal. In fact, what I discovered at Le Wagon is that coding actually requires a lot of collaboration. I think all the students from my batch will remember the day we started a group project on GitHub. In 90% of the cases, you will code with others, and being able to communicate efficiently is one of the key skills of a good programmer.
- Coding is boring:
Once again, let’s return to the coder-caveman cliché. From an external point of view, he seems to constantly do the same thing, with the same bored expression. That’s a lie. When I was coding, I experienced rollercoaster moods that led to this kind of train of thought: 1. Getting stuck on something: “I hate coding, Ruby is wrong, my code is obviously perfect, anyway I despise it so it doesn’t matter” 2. Finding the solution: “Coding is amazing, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done, I’m the best, Ruby is the best, everyone is the best.” Until I got stuck again. Coding is challenging, tiring, frustrating but definitely not boring.
- Coding is for boys:
The coder-caveman cliché from the movies is useful once again. Sadly, there are not a lot of coder-cavewomen on screens, which is a shame. There is a need for more developers in every industry, and a simple way to fix this is to encourage the other half of humankind to learn coding. We were ten women in our batch and we did just as well as the other 30 men. When it comes to coding, everyone is equal which is why more women should learn to code — and more tech companies should hire them.
A travel Chatbot:
During the last two weeks, we worked in teams to bring an idea to life. Celia, Hen, Ben and I created Voyagr, a Chatbot and associated web app which asks a series of questions to provide a user with personalized travel inspiration. Building a product in two weeks was very challenging but very interesting. The hardest part was prioritizing and making sure that we were focusing on the right tasks every day. In the end, we obtained good results and we have had almost 100 unique users since we launched it two weeks ago (check it out: voyagr.co.uk).
Three amazing teammates and many more friends:
There is nothing better than struggling on the same challenges during nine weeks to form friendships. I have met amazing people during these two months, from the students to the teachers. Le Wagon manages to bring together a very large variety of people in the same place, from those who have 20 years of work experience to freshly graduated high school students. This combination is a large part of what makes the bootcamp such an enriching experience. I personally became friends with an Olympic swimmer from Hong Kong, an experienced consultant, a Canadian former school teacher, a VC fund owner… and many more.
Coding and Product management skills:
You learn a lot in nine weeks and there is no time to rest. I felt more braindead during the bootcamp than I had ever felt during the course of my Bachelor or Master degrees. It’s difficult but completely worth it!
Doing Le wagon Bootcamp and learning how to code during 9weeks was incredible !
I didn't know anything about coding but the Bootcamp program is so well thought and built that you can't fail.
It has been very very intense but so efficient! I have met great people, joined a great and active network and gained new skills : It opened new perspectives .
In addition the Lille team is sooooo great: present, attentive, very competent. They are quality teachers!
I sincerely advise anyone who is interested by websites to do it.
I have worked in Business Intelligence for 6 years and became interested in product management as a career change, however I felt that I lacked in-depth tech knowledge in order to be able to hit the ground running in that role. I then searched for bootcamps in London and Le Wagon really stood out in terms of their positive reviews online and offline.
The course is structured really well and it is certainly challenging, no day is the same and you surprise yourself at the end how far you’ve come after not being able to properly write a line of code at the start of the course. The day begins with a lecture and followed by coding challenges that you need to complete with your buddy as you get paired up with a different student from the course every day. This is not only a great way of meeting everyone in the class but also means that sometimes you learn from your buddy and sometimes you get to teach and therefore give yourself the opportunity to improve and solidify the knowledge. Most importantly, throughout the day there are always teaching assistants to hand that are able to answer your every question and make sure that you have grasped all the concepts properly.
After the course ends, Le Wagon provides a support network of talented alumni that share jobs, advice and tips which is really invaluable. Le Wagon is not just a bootcamp, it’s a community that inspires, teaches and supports. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this experience to anyone.
I studied event management at university but soon realised it wasn’t for me. After a few gap years of travelling, a friend invited me to a coding 101 workshop and I came out of it curious to learn more. Initially I tried to do some self teaching online but I found it a bit slow and difficult not having immediate help. That’s when I started looking at coding bootcamps - I was excited by the idea that you would be job ready by the end of the 9 weeks. After thorough research and reading so many reviews, I couldn’t believe I found a bootcamp that was so loved that it had 400+ reviews and 5 stars!
It all happened so quickly - within two weeks I enrolled, did the prep work, started Le Wagon, and suddenly pursuing a new career change. Before starting, I was terrified about having no prior coding knowledge and being behind but soon found that everyone was in the same boat and all you needed was an eagerness to learn. The teachers and teaching assistants have such a welcoming approach, they really make sure you understand every concept and reasoning. Each and every day of the 9 weeks was insane, intense, but the best kind - I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to get up at 7am. The structure of the program is perfectly designed, everything you learn in first 7 weeks is put in practice for your final project in the last two weeks. It’s so rewarding seeing this end product that you and your team have created in just 10 days.
Coming straight out of Le Wagon, I was offered a front-end freelance job at a startup. A week later, I received two full-time Ruby developer job offers and have accepted one at a digital development agency. Hands down, applying at Le Wagon has been the best decision I’ve ever made. For the first time in my life, I’m excited about my career.
After graduating in management, I started my own business. After 3 years, I faced few challenges that gave me a hard time. I had to stop my activity. The conclusion: I lost a lot of money and time.
In hindsight, this experience has made me stronger. As J-K Rowling said, “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
I decided to have my first digital experience by launching a social platform dedicated to sports. It is by working on this project, hand in hand with a web agency, that coding has aroused my interest.
Coding has become a passion, and this is certainly the direction I wanted to take for my career. I dropped my platform to be entirely dedicated to coding. New career, new life, time for me to take off!
After a few months of learning by myself, I was looking for a way to learn faster. While searching the Internet, I discovered Le Wagon Coding Bootcamp, "Change your life, learn to code in 9 weeks", perfect that was exactly what I was looking for!
I've applied, got an interview with Antoine, the co-founder, got accepted into the program for January session. The adventure could start!
I flew to Montreal in January (it was cold, but the snow is cool!). We met together on Sunday before the first day for a kick-off drink. I met my new classmates, few teachers, and MG.
This drink was really a good idea and made me very comfortable.
The bootcamp was very intense, we learned a new concept every day until the final project, which was an amazing experience! Each team worked hard to be ready for the demo day (https://www.lewagon.com/demoday/125).
It was not just hard work, we had a lot of fun too! We participated in events organized by Le Wagon but also by ourselves.
Thanks to Le Wagon, I am today a Full-Stack developer, and I have already few project opportunities I'm working on.
Oh, and now I know a lot of great people!
I graduated university in 2014 and headed home to work in the telecommunications industry. I have always been passionate about startups and developing business ideas, which is why I chose to get my BBA in Entrepreneurial Management.
However, home was not the best place to put my newly acquired knowledge to use as an employee or as a founder. The startup scene is practically inexistent and skilled labor in tech is hard to get by. So, my only chance was to learn how to do build these ideas myself.
I started to learn on my own, but it got kind of overwhelming. Even though I did acquire some knowledge, I decided to take a break and came to Barcelona in order to get my master in Project Management. Slowly, it felt as if I was getting closer to my goal.
It wasn’t, however, until I decided to join Le Wagon that I felt a huge progress in my carefully planned path. Even though it was only two months, I have never felt such great power like I do today thanks to this boot camp. Now, I feel like there is no limit to what I can do. At Le Wagon I figured that there was so much to learn that now I have embraced the fact that my whole life is going to involve continuously learning new things. And that is one of the most important things you get from learning to code at Le Wagon, you learn to appreciate learning so much that it becomes a stimulating hobby for you. You get a lot of theory but everyday you learn to master it by putting it to practice. At the end of the bootcamp you end up having developed several applications.
Today, after two weeks of having finished the bootcamp, I keep coding my own new projects and learning new things everyday. This wouldn’t be the same if I hadn’t gone through LW. I have found a passion, but not everybody comes to become a programmer, some people had their own goals and ideas of what to do with this knowledge, and they all left with their expectations greatly surpassed.
The people are amazing. Your peers are like minded, but still a very diverse group of people that unite under one same goal. This journey makes you bond together very tightly. The staff, who I am also lucky to call my friends today, are incredible people and teachers, they know very well what they’re doing. Lastly, the program is incredibly well structured and the resources are top quality.
I can only say amazing things about this place, if I could I would do it all over again.
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