As they graduated a few months ago, it was the perfect time for them to have a look back on their adventure at Le Wagon!
Alexandre, what were you doing before attending Le Wagon?
After some years, I realized I was not enjoying working anymore. It was Big Thinking Time! I consulted a career coach, discussed with some friends, and regularly put my head between my fists while staring in the void.
It became clearer and clearer that web development would offer me what I needed.
From that point on, I started to look after some trainings. 3 to 5 years programs were not an option as I’m not getting any younger (and I would have missed the practical aspect of the trade).
Another important aspect of my search was the possibility to do it part-time. Money-wise, I needed a day job and I didn’t want to directly throw away everything.
Only a few trainings in Brussels fulfilled those criteria, among them was Le Wagon.
Next step: benchmarking. I asked around, studied the documentation, contacted alumni on LinkedIn for feedback, and asked some questions directly to the organisation.
I finally went with Le Wagon (that would be weird if I didn’t and was writing this text) and don’t regret my choice.
After two years of running my business, we were looking to develop a more sophisticated platform and were recommended two alumni of Le Wagon whom we hired to work with us. As the business developed and I gained more experience, I realized that learning Web Development could help me to better manage technical projects, so I applied to the bootcamp!
Le Wagon’s part-time program was the perfect choice for me to learn coding skills while studying and running my company.
How is the part-time bootcamp like?
One piece of advice I would give is to take it slow. It’s normal if everything is not crystal clear from the start. Learning takes time and you should be indulgent on yourself.
Taking it slow is actually one of the biggest advantages of the part-time training. You have the time to think about what you have learned and to test it in your free time.
Especially for the end project. Taking it slow and enjoying the time you’re having while coding in a team is a real pleasure.
The part-time bootcamp also gave me more time to assimilate and apply the concepts that I learned during demanding periods when I also had to focus on other university or work-related projects during the week.
The most memorable part of the bootcamp for me was the project weeks when our team was building our first rails applications. Seeing the results of my work both on the front-end and back-end of a functioning app was a unique moment. It was a milestone and a great source of motivation. I also have very fond memories of being in class during the weekday evenings, working on the coding exercises together with my buddy of the day.
As you graduated from the bootcamp a few months ago, what have you been doing since then?
But to be honest, finding a job after the traineeship is never an easy task. It demands energy, a bunch of different skills (not necessarily linked to the skills you need for coding) and, let’s face it, that tiny pinch of luck (grab that fairy godmother and shake it on your muesli).
But don't let that stop you from joining the bootcamp! If you want to start a new career in this tech world, you'll make it happen!
The end of the bootcamp coincided with the end of my master’s degree at university. I have continued to practice the coding skills that I learned during the bootcamp, especially by repeating the bootcamp’s exercises on Le Wagon’s platform as well as applying this knowledge in my own personal projects. I am also using the experience that I gained from the bootcamp to continue to develop a career in the digital field, and I am sure that it will lead to interesting opportunities.
The bootcamp taught me coding skills that I could apply to my own company and other technical skills which are valuable for a career in business and marketing, and which are not taught in the traditional university curriculum of a business degree. This gives me the opportunity to stand out to employers and to be more valuable in the field.
What advice would you give to anyone wondering whether the part-time bootcamp is the right choice?
If you are curious and you have the desire to learn and improve your digital skills, then definitely consider joining Le Wagon’s bootcamps. You do not need any prior experience in coding to get started, and with hard-work and perseverance, you will be amazed by how much you can achieve. If like me, you have many things going at the same time, the part-time bootcamp is an excellent option. You will manage and you will not regret it!
If you are considering this track, my advice would be: don’t take it lightly. Don’t choose this career for the wrong reasons. It’s gonna be challenging but if you like it, it’s gonna be a blast!
Whatever is in front of you, try to enjoy it.