"You’re constantly learning and constantly faced with new challenges. Le Wagon challenged me in the best way possible."
Hi Alex, could you please introduce yourself?
Can you tell us about your background before joining Le Wagon?
After a few months in this role, they were looking for someone to do QA. I jumped at the opportunity and by the end of my time there I was working as a QA Lead with a team of three. In this role, we were working on testing a web application and a mobile application. This inspired me to move into a more technical role. I then took the leap, joined Le Wagon and shortly after graduating, I started my current role as a Junior Developer.
What made you want to learn how to code and join our Web Development Bootcamp?
A few years later, I had begun my role at the startup in London. During this time, I moved quite quickly into the tech department. I really enjoyed finding bugs and seeing how the developers would work through them and find fixes. There was such a great sense of achievement in this process I wanted to be able to complete this process myself. I then began to take some part-time courses, but I found I wasn’t moving forward quickly enough. I decided that the best way to improve my skills and demonstrate that I had something good to offer was to do something full-time, giving this new journey a real go. That’s when I decided that I should join Le Wagon.
Can you tell us about your journey going through the bootcamp?
Something that always worried me before and during the bootcamp was the feeling of self doubt. This partially came from me not having a technical background and having studied humanities. With this being said, having such a supportive community made all of the difference. There was a big emphasis on the fact that this was a tough journey and there would be days that you’d doubt yourself, but we were always told to trust the process.
One of the biggest takeaways for me was a shift in this mindset. I realised that it was okay to be stuck or not know what was going on because that’s when you learn. That feeling is why this is a rewarding and exciting industry to be in. You’re constantly learning and constantly faced with new challenges. Le Wagon challenged me in the best way possible.
I also really enjoyed the community activities and there was a big emphasis on mental health, which was really nice. We had weekly yoga and meditation sessions and taking time to relax was given the right amount of importance. It was really nice to be reminded to look after ourselves, especially having been put in this challenging position of learning a new skill set in a short period of time. The bootcamp is a marathon and not a sprint, so you need to take it day by day and trust the process.
Having spent so much time together, you also form a great network of contacts in the same city who are doing similar things. This is also a big takeaway for me. It’s really nice to see everyones' progression after the bootcamp and seeing that people have come out of the process and accomplished the things that they wanted to get out of it.
How was your experience finding a new position upon graduating?
When I was applying to roles, I was quite nervous about the technical challenges, but it actually ended up being a really nice learning experience for me. I was able to discuss the challenge with the developers and get constructive feedback. With this being said, even if you don’t think you’re qualified, a big piece of advice is to just go for it, because the worst that can happen is that you learn from your experience.
Now that you’re working as a Junior Developer at FUGA, can you tell us about your day-to-day job?
Finally, do you have any advice for someone thinking of joining the Le Wagon community?
If you really want to increase the speed of change and the speed of learning, this is the best way to do it. Doing a bootcamp is the most effective way to properly engage with a new discipline. I recommend that you take your time to really focus on this and see where it takes you.