After a while, I decided it was time for me to go back home in Belgium to finally start working in the IT sector. But I also needed to feel 100% confident in my work so I felt like it would be a good idea to refresh my coding knowledge, as I didn't use it for years.
What pushed you to learn to code?
Once I've finished my studies, I actually started to work in a completely different field.
And why did you chose to go back studying code?
Because I was working in a completely different field, I ended up not coding for years and there were a lot of things I couldn’t remember. And also, let’s face it, technology is evolving fast! I wanted to get back to coding but felt like I needed a refresher. And Le Wagon seemed perfect for that!
What did you like most about the bootcamp?
While learning, you were also working in a company. How did you manage to find the right balance?
I had the will and motivation to make it work. I wanted to get my career back on track as soon as possible and be able to evolve into working in the programing field as I’ve always wanted to. I wanted that change to happen. So when you are motivated, you find the right way to make it work.
But that don't mean it wasn't challenging!
And what happened to be your biggest challenge during the bootcamp?
Lockdown happened right during the bootcamp and that wasn’t easy! In my opinion, 2020 will soon be a part of history books.
It was hard for everyone, as it’s not the same to be in a classroom with everyone and to just have to turn to the person next to you to talk, and to follow online classes while stuck at home. But Le Wagon’s team made it work and I’d like to say that they’ve done a tremendous job to make the switch to full remote smooth.
What advice would you give to get the most out of the bootcamp ?
Don’t be afraid to fail. There is nothing wrong with that, only practice will make you better.
Now that you are done with the course, what are you up to ?
I’m now able to create a web app from scratch. That fact only gave me a lot of confidence in my skills, confidence I didn’t have when I finished my university studies.
And even though, I'm not currently able to fully use everything I've learned, as my company uses a different technology and programming language, I realize I have learned so much more than just web development skills. It goes beyond that.
One of the most valuable thing I've learnt at Le Wagon is to work on a project with a team. I was a lone wolf before but see, working in web development is actually a lot about team work!
And now I have a community to turn to when needed. Le Wagon's alumni all over the world are always there to help or to create opportunities.
One last advice for anyone thinking of joining the bootcamp as well
I only have one thing to say: don’t look elsewhere. This is the best bootcamp you’ll ever find!