I had read about coding bootcamps online and thought that I should at least try it. I was also having a hard time grasping these concepts when I was encouraged to just copy paste what was in the modules to do my labs and my projects instead of thinking it though. It is just a great space to get inspired, work, and also to network. Oct 22, '18 - Dec 21, '18 6, Apply. Yes - you learn a lot at Ironhack and are given great guidance, but no they will not hand you a job. Our code review process is thorough and, hopefully, very informative.
Having gone through the bootcamp myself, I feel the teaching assistants play an incredibly important role because they provide valuable assistance throughout the whole bootcamp. We are always looking to make our curriculum better. We were teaching Ruby on Rails, but we decided to move on to.
Also, something I always tell prospective students is that you learn how to learn. I graduated from the Ruby on Rails course and was able to learn Node.
We're in contact with a lot of startups, so we make sure our curriculum is exactly what employers need and demand. We make a point to keep the curriculum consistent across all campuses.
This allows us to have a feedback loop at every campus and ensure consistent quality. As with most of our new campuses, we'll be located at a WeWork co-working space, a new building called Atrium Tower right on Potsdamer Platz. The space itself is a big room which holds around 40 students.
When we visited the space about a month and a half ago, we fell in love with the facilities. The campus is accessible from anywhere in town because of its central location, and it has an incredible terrace at the top. When you're going to be learning for three months in an incredibly intense program, being in a nice space with amenities — coffee, snacks, really nice views — is something really important. What are some examples of the types of jobs you envision your Berlin graduates landing after bootcamp?
We have a very strong reputation worldwide, with a global community of alumni and partners. For example, we just signed up N26, a mobile bank to be our hiring partner. At the end of each nine-week course, we prepare prospective employers to meet with the students.
Like I said, we're very focused on career changers and ensuring our students get a job within three months after graduation. So in Berlin we're looking for the same profiles. Those are global companies we already have partnerships with, so our students already have access to that pool of employers. Then locally, we are looking for the most disruptive companies that are ready to hire entry-level junior developers.
Do you envision Berlin grads staying in Berlin? Is your focus to get people hired in the city where they studied? We have a big focus on having a global community. So we really like the idea that our students can access all the communities in all our cities. A lot of people want to stay in their home city and others don't, so we cater to both. We try to give opportunities to go abroad, and options to work in the local market. What would you recommend a complete beginner do to learn more about the tech scene in Berlin?
I would recommend going to as many meetups and events as you can. I always tell people that you never know what opportunities could arise if you put yourself out there, and start talking to people. We actually just wrote a blog post about How to Land the Tech Job in Berlin , and one piece of advice is to mingle. Then, of course, I would recommend going to the Ironhack meetups. There are a bunch of workshops in Berlin and our informal network is huge.
We're doing one free workshop every week and we'll do some bigger events as well. What advice do you have for someone who's thinking about attending a coding bootcamp in Berlin and considering Ironhack? Form my experience as an alum, I think it's all about the attitude. When you go into a coding bootcamp, there's always this feeling where you're a little bit scared because it is something really demanding.
People have a natural tendency to be resistant to learn something so technical. But just start coding!
It's not as difficult as it may seem, and having the right guidance is key. A lot more people than we believe have the aptitude for it, and actually become really good programmers. You just have to take a leap of faith and commit to three months of very intense work. I recommend people to just go for it. I can guarantee that if you have the right attitude, you'll succeed. Find out more about Ironhack by reading Course Report reviews.
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Welcome to the first News Roundup of ! In January we saw a significant fundraising announcement from an online bootcamp, we saw journalists exploring why employers should hire bootcamp and apprenticeship graduates, we read about community colleges versus bootcamps and how bootcamps are helping to grow tech ecosystems. Read below or listen to the podcast! This school uses feedback from their campuses around the world to continually improve the curriculum.
I got in touch with Ariel and Gonzalo, the founders of Ironhack, and was really inspired by their vision. Also, since I actually attended a coding bootcamp myself, I was excited to come and work in this industry.
I saw the great potential the bootcamp model had in Europe and also Latin America. It was a great fit. As VP of Expansion, I work with the founders to create a strategy and decide which markets make sense for us to open in next.
Then I'm involved with the operations preparation where I actually launch the new markets. There are three main areas to consider when launching in a new market.
The first is human resources — we want to build an awesome team including a general manager. We were super excited to find a great GM for our Mexico campus. Marketing and brand awareness is number two. When you're launching in a new market, you want to increase the brand awareness and convince your first students of the benefits of the new campus. It can be difficult in a new market because we are starting from scratch, so we have to leverage the use of marketing channels such as public relations, events, and partnerships to integrate ourselves into the local ecosystem.
The third area is legal — making sure the legal administration is completed. If you succeed in those three areas, you are ready to open in any market. What stood out about Mexico City? Why did Ironhack choose to open a campus there?
Latin America is a great market because there is so much demand for tech skills, but there is a limited number of established bootcamps in the area. In it is estimated there will be a deficit of , IT jobs in Mexico, so we can have a great impact on that.
We want to train the new generation of technology professionals to join the industry. Not many, if any, bootcamps have campuses in the U. Mexico City was the preferred choice because it has a booming tech ecosystem. It's one of the largest markets for startups. Mexico City is the entry for many tech companies moving to Latin America — Facebook, Amazon, and so on — so many tech multinationals are moving in.
Finally, it's a pretty friendly environment for internet technology and computer science. It's a big market to penetrate, but it's less difficult than some other markets because there are no global competitors. We think building ties within those markets will excite students learning in Mexico City. There are only a few bootcamps in Mexico City. How will Ironhack stand out once other bootcamps start to pop up?
Ironhack will stand out because we are global. We have already learned so much about running a bootcamp, because each market we operate in has different standards and different challenges.
So by bringing this experience into the market, we are raising the coding bootcamp standards for Mexico City. Ironhack has graduated 1, students, so we have a large community. We have great reviews on Course Report, and we have great student satisfaction for our curriculum. Over the four years we have been operating, we have continued to improve our teaching methods. Our offices are at the WeWork Insurgentes coworking space, and it's amazing to work alongside different Mexico City startups and see how dynamic the space is.
At WeWork we take up two rooms of 20 x 30 feet each which hold between 15 to 20 students. Our objective at Ironhack is not quantitative, it's more qualitative so we are not going to accept students if they don't have the required technical level. We are selective with students and we don't accept everyone. Could you describe the Ironhack application process? Is it the same across campuses? We have two interviews — one personal interview and one technical interview.
You can make it through the technical interview even if you don't have tons of knowledge, but you must be a hard worker. If you prepare your case, you can make it in, but we want to be selective.
Before the bootcamp starts we also have pre-work and the objective is to have everyone at the same knowledge level when we start the course. People are spending a lot of time and money to really improve, so the courses are very intensive for that reason. Will you be teaching the same curriculum in Mexico City?
We collect feedback in each market, and with each piece of feedback we receive, we improve our curriculum little by little. We trust and use the same curriculum in every market. The feedback loops in all the different markets allow us to have the best quality program. The number of instructors will grow as the number of students and the number of classes increase. For instance, at the Paris campus, four months after launching we had seven teachers.
It will be the same for Mexico. Since Ironhack is a global bootcamp , how do you help with the job search and placement? What sort of jobs do you expect graduates to get? We are trying to build partnerships with Linio, TIP, and many Mexican startups where we can place our students. Companies will be invited to Hiring Week at the end of the bootcamp to see what type of talent we produce.
Most of our graduates become junior developers. We have less entrepreneurs and more junior developers. We have a few international students and currently, most of them go to the Barcelona and Paris campuses.
We don't know about Mexico City graduates yet, but most of our applications so far are from Mexico — with some international applicants as well. If someone is a beginner and thinking about attending a coding bootcamp in Mexico City like Ironhack, do you have any meetup or event suggestions?
Yes, Ironhack is doing a huge full-day event at WeWork on December 9th. This is a great opportunity to learn about tech, discover the Mexico City ecosystem and decide if you want to apply to Ironhack. What advice do you have for people thinking about attending a coding bootcamp like Ironhack? It's a once in a lifetime experience to spend nine weeks changing your career. You will learn so much, meet new companies, and get hired.
If you want to learn more, go to the Ironhack website , download the application guide, and come to some events. We have a Meetup group and Facebook page.
You can read plenty of reviews of the school on Course Report. We are very excited about having an amazing team at WeWork in Mexico City. We are at the center of the startup ecosystem so I think it will be an amazing experience for our students. Read Ironhack reviews on Course Report and check out the Ironhack website!
This time, our lucky winner was Luis, who graduated from Ironhack in Madrid this April. We caught up with him to find out a bit about his coding bootcamp experience and why he decided to attend Ironhack.
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What's your advice to someone considering Ironhack or another coding bootcamp? It is a great opportunity you are bringing yourself. It may be hard sometimes, but you will never regret it. Before starting, free your mind and your agenda, and be ready for a great immersive experience. And also, you will meet amazing professionals — networking is one of the best opportunities offered by a bootcamp like Ironhack.
To learn more, read Ironhack reviews on Course Report or visit the Ironhack website! Leave a verified review of your Coding Bootcamp experience here! Need a summary of news about coding bootcamps from July ? Course Report has just what you need! In July, we read about the closure of two major coding bootcamps, we dived into a number of new industry reports, we heard some student success stories, we read about new investments in bootcamps, and we were excited to hear about more diversity initiatives.
Plus we round up all the new campuses and new coding bootcamps around the world. Ironhack is a global web development bootcamp with locations in Madrid, Miami, Barcelona, and now Paris! France is the second largest tech ecosystem in Europe — learn why Ironhack chose to expand to the area, read how the bootcamp will stand out from the rest, and see what resources are available to become a successful bootcamp grad in Paris.
As a General Manager, I have been involved in all the dimensions related to the new campus — finding an amazing place for our students, recruiting a team of A-players, setting up the docs and processes and so on. I have been working with Alex, our Head of International Expansion, who has been tremendously helpful. We have worked super hard over the last few weeks to make sure that our Paris campus will be on the same standards as the others.
What drew you to want to work with Ironhack? One of my VC friends told me that Ariel and Gonzalo the cofounders were looking for someone to launch Ironhack in France. I met the two of them and immediately embraced their vision, and got impressed by their ability to execute fast and well. I got super excited by the project and the team, so a couple of days later I was in Miami to work on the strategy and the launch plan for France!
Ironhack is launching their Paris campus on June 26th. Why is Paris a great place for a coding bootcamp? In terms of funding, France is now the 2nd largest tech ecosystem in Europe, right after England. Over the last 5 years, it has grown exponentially and is now one of the key tech hubs in the world.
Take Station F for instance — thanks to Xavier Niel cofounder of Free , Paris will now have the biggest incubator in the world. That growth has fueled an increasing demand for new skills in the tech economy and the talent shortage is not filled by the traditional education players.
There are a few other coding bootcamps in Paris. What will make Ironhack stand out amongst the competition? Several initiatives and players have appeared over the last couple of years, which shows you how dynamic the market is.
It is accessible via 3 metro lines, 8 bus lines, 2 bike-sharing stations, and 2 car-sharing stations. The place is absolutely magnificent, both in terms of design and community. The core curriculum is the same across the different campuses to make sure students have the same academic experience and that we have a strong expertise in our area.
Then we tailor the mentors, the events and the projects to the local specificities of the students and of the ecosystem. React or Meteor and industries that are the rising trends ex: He has several years of experience in startups and IT services agencies.
Mentors will be chosen based on the projects of the students. Also, the students of the first Web Development session will be sponsored by Florian Jourda.
Florian was the 1st engineer at Box and scaled their dev team from 2 to people. How many students do you usually have in a cohort? How many can you accommodate? For that first cohort, we plan to have 20 students maximum because we want to make sure we provide the best experience.
That will ensure a strong monitoring of students, as well as a perfect operational execution on our side. Everything depends on their learning curve. On average, students work between 50 to 70 hours a week, mainly on projects and assignments.
We are located in an amazing coworking space, in a very nice neighborhood and with lots of startups around. The main difference would be our rooftop on the 8th floor of the building, where we regularly organize events and lunches.
How are you approaching job placement in a new city? Does Ironhack have an employer network already? Job placement is one of the elements we tailor to the local realities and needs. Usually, they are large startups from Series A to Series D looking to hire web developers.
As a GM, it will be part of my job to support and help students accomplish their professional projects with our employer partners. What sort of jobs have you seen graduates get at other Ironhack campuses and what do you expect for Ironhack Paris graduates? Do they usually stay in the city after graduation? What meetups or resources would you recommend for a complete beginner in Paris who wants to get started? France has some great players in the field. We want to build something that is nothing like what exists in Paris.
Send us an email to know more at paris ironhack. We have a few seats left for the session starting on June 26th. Next session will start on September 4th.
If you want to apply, just send us your application through this typeform. Read more Ironhack reviews and be sure to check out the Ironhack website! Missed out on coding bootcamp news in April? Never fear, Course Report is here!
This month, we read about why outcomes reporting is useful for students, how a number of schools are working to boost their diversity with scholarships, we heard about student experiences at bootcamp, plus we added a bunch of interesting new schools to the Course Report school directory! A time to reflect on the year that is coming to an end, and a time to plan for what the New Year has in store.
While it may be easy to beat yourself up about certain unmet goals, one thing is for sure: And we bet you accomplished more than you think.
But if learning to code is still at the top of your Resolutions List, then taking the plunge into a coding bootcamp may be the best way to officially cross it off. Five of these bootcamps even have scholarship money ready to dish out to aspiring coders like you.
Welcome to our last monthly coding bootcamp news roundup of ! This December, we heard about a bootcamp scholarship from Uber, employers who are happily hiring bootcamp grads, investments from New York State and a Tokyo-based staffing firm, diversity in tech, and as usual, new coding schools, courses, and campuses! How did you become a successful UX Designer? My background was first in film and creative writing, and I worked in the film industry in Miami before I ended up in Boston, temping as a project manager for a venture capital company with an incubator focused on Harvard and MIT startups.
I learned from really smart people about computers, software, graphic design, and project management; and IBM had their Lotus Notes usability labs next door, so I got to participate as a usability tester. After spending years learning User Experience and even getting a Masters degree, why do you believe in the bootcamp model as an effective way to learn UX Design?
I went through my grad program very quickly in one year , so I believe that you can learn this material very quickly and then continue learning on the job. I believe that you can learn the fundamentals quickly and then refine them throughout your career. What made you excited to work at Ironhack in particular- what stands out about Ironhack to you as a professional UX Designer? It was the people. The people running Ironhack are what convinced me to work on this UX Bootcamp. Did you have teaching experience prior to teaching at the bootcamp?
What is different about teaching at a coding bootcamp? I teach now at the University of Miami, at conferences, and bootcamps. At Ironhack, my personal teaching style is to lecture very little, and focus on hands-on work. So we spend the majority of our days doing activities, which means running surveys, doing interviews, running usability tests, designing products. For someone breaking into the UX community, the portfolio is how students demonstrate their knowledge and how they approach projects.
Tell us about the curriculum. Marcelo Paiva and I created the Ironhack curriculum based on what we would have wanted to learn in a bootcamp if we were to just get started in this field.
We follow the user and product development lifecycles to make sure that our students have all the skills they need to be useful right now in the current marketplace. We move into information architecture and interaction design , with low-fidelity all the way into high-fidelity, and micro interaction models.
We use Invision, Sketch, and Principal as the tools for that piece of the curriculum. Then we move into visual design for mobile and web, because they are two different beasts. This is what the industry is looking for right now: That will make Ironhack students really effective and marketable.
Finally, we move into individual projects. It depends on where our graduates choose to work. As part of a smaller team, a UX Designer will have to be more of a generalist, and need to do research, design, and development.
As a whole, I think careers in the UX community are becoming both broader and more specialized. The UX community is both coming together and breaking into niches. Is there an ideal student: Many of the required activities are tackled in groups among the students in groups of 3 or 4. As the principal instructor, I lead and teach the main flow of the course, and we have subject matter experts and mentors come in to teach sections of the curriculum that are more specialized e.
And how do the UX students differ from the coding bootcamp students? The current class is a wonderful mix of many professional backgrounds: This is a full-time bootcamp, but how many hours a week do you expect your students to commit to Ironhack Miami? In a UX bootcamp, is the style largely project based? Can you give us an example? Yes, students will work on 2 projects during the first 6 weeks one individual project and one group project.
These projects are a sum of the individual units we cover on a week-by-week basis. The capstone of the course is a 2-week final project that each student completes individually, as they go through the entire user and product development lifecycles. The result at the end of the course is that each student has 3 prototypes that they can use as portfolio pieces moving forward.
For our readers who are beginners, what resources or meetups do you recommend for aspiring bootcampers in Miami? We hold open houses and free introductory workshops to coding and design monthly, which can be found on the Ironhack Meetup page.
Our friends at IxDA also offer some cool workshops on Meetup. We also really love the free Hack Design course which is a fantastic resource for someone who wants to delve more into this world! If you have any more questions about the course, coding, or Ironhack in general, please e-mail us at admissionsmia ironhack. She loves breakfast tacos and spending time getting to know bootcamp alumni and founders all over the world.
See our most recent recommendations for summer coding bootcamps here! There are now bootcamps in almost cities across the U. With a hiring network and happy alumni , Ironhack is a great Florida bootcamp option. But what exactly does it take to get into Ironhack? The Ironhack application process falls into 3 stages the written application, first interview, and second technical interview and takes on average, days to complete in entirety.
What goes into the written application? Does Ironhack require a video submission? The written application is a chance for students to give a quick summary of their background and motivations for wanting to attend. What types of backgrounds have successful Ironhack students had?
Does everyone come from a technical background? We are impressed and inspired by the diversity of students that Ironhack attracts. Those who tend to perform the best at Ironhack are those who have committed to doing so, not necessarily those with a technical background. What are a few resources that you suggest applicants use to really ace the technical interview?
When an applicant is in the midst of our process, we actually send them materials specifically to prepare for the technical interview and set office hours with our Teaching Assistants, so they can get some one-on-one time to address specific questions. Apart from that, If they already have some experience programming: We recommend this resource for complete beginners: What qualities are you looking for?
The advantage of this is, it allows us to see how candidates and applicants respond to learning material in a short amount of time, and how dedicated they are to their goals. We look for curiosity, passion, and drive.
Drive is probably the most important quality to succeed at Ironhack. We give our students exactly 7 days to prepare for the technical interview after the 1st interview and provide the materials they need to prep for it. The technical interview is led by one of our Miami instructors and consists of a coding challenge that the applicant has 30 minutes to solve.
The applicant can complete the challenge in whatever programming language they feel most comfortable in as long as that language can solve a breadth of problems. That means that something like CSS is out. Does Ironhack Miami have a lot of international students since your roots are in Spain? We have more than 25 countries represented in our bootcamps globally e. Thailand, Pakistan, Germany, France, Brazil, etc. The majority of our students who travel to Miami from abroad use a tourist visa to visit the US and attend our program.
Want to learn more about Ironhack? Check out their website! Have questions about the Ironhack application that weren't answered in this article? Let us know in the comments!
Talk about Southern Hospitality! Read on to learn about his application process, the project he created during the course, and how IronHack helped him nail a job as an iOS developer at Rushmore.
I was a freelancer for a year, focused on web front-end development. I worked at an agency before, also for a year. In terms of education, I didn't study anything related to computer science before Ironhack. I chose IronHack basically because it took very good advantage of Google Adwords so I could not avoid reaching its website and getting interested on it. They offered me a merit scholarship so I finally made the decision. I have never applied to anything like IronHack. The application process was good.
The interviews were more of culture-fit and they were not much separated in time with each other, so it took less than a month to have it all approved. It was quite good for me. There was clear diversity in age, but not in gender at all, as we were just men.
Who were your instructors? What was the teaching style like and how did it work with your learning style? There were many instructors, so trying to give feedback about all of them would be endless. The teaching style was agile, asking for feedback continuously and adapting the course to it, so it made the experience really enriching.
I did not really experience burnout, but there was a week, when we learned about using Core Data, that I got really tired because it was boring to me. Can you tell us about a time when you were challenged in the class? How did you succeed?
It was the first time for me to need to learn so fast and so much. I will provide links as soon as it is released. It is called Snapreminder. I got this job because they contacted me directly.
It was worth the money for me. Want to learn more about IronHack? Check out their School Page on Course Report or their website here!
Looking for coding bootcamp exclusive scholarships, discounts and promo codes? Course Report has exclusive discounts to the top programming bootcamps! After working at an IT company managing programmers, Jaime Munoz decided that he wanted to learn coding skills, so he enrolled in IronHack , a coding bootcamp in Madrid with locations in Miami and Barcelona. What were you up to before deciding to enroll in IronHack? Did you have a technical background before applying?
So much that I decided to quit my job and learn to code. I learned much more than just coding from him. He showed me how to face the problem, find the better solution, and how to succeed on it.
It was a personal revelation, and since this moment I knew that I wanted to be a programmer. After the degree I started to work in a digital advertising company called The Fact.
That's why I turned to IronHack. Was IronHack the only bootcamp you applied to? What about IronHack convinced you to go there the languages they taught, instructors, price etc?
Honestly, I didn't knew many bootcamps, but the main reason were the instructors and the great professionals they talked very good about the course. This was enough to make the choice. Can you talk about a time when you got stuck in the class and how you pushed through?
I guess I was very very very lucky on that point, because all my classmates were amazing. Not only because they were friendly they really were , but because they were skilled and interested to push like I was. It's amazing when you share such experience with people they think and like the same thinks like you, because it pushed the level very high. The instructors were also great. Very friendly and open to discuss or try whatever we asked for. I think they can't imagine how thankful I am.
Also with Ironhack's staff. They did everything possible to make us receive what we needed. Tell us about your final project! What does it do, what technologies did you use, how long did it take, etc? It took a week to have something working and able to be shown in the demo day. What are you working on now? Do you have a job as a developer? What does it entail? I'm also involved in the product management, collaborating every day in decisions about the product, his look and feel, his behavior and the business itself.
It's just too much information to handle it alone. You also get a lot of contacts, friends, experience, knowhow and the most important thing: Check out their School Page on Course Report or their website here. Want to catch up with Jaime? Read his blog or follow him on Twitter! We talk to Marta about how she succeeded in the class and got a job as a front-end engineer at floqq. When I finished my studies I realized that my background in mobile and web development was not enough, so I was looking for an opportunity in a company that would bet on me.
I'm a very motivated person and, in fact, I interviewed with companies like Google and IBM but I did not have enough experience. It was around that time that I found Ironhack bootcamp and I decided to try it. I had technical background as a software engineer but most of my experience programming was based on languages such C, Java or SQL.
I needed to improve my skills in order to become a better developer. What about IronHack convinced you to go there? This was the only bootcamp I applied to and the main reason was that they were looking for people like me.
Motivated people who had the drive to become a great professional and were only lacking the opportunity to show their potential. They train people in modern languages like Ruby. This was not only an awesome opportunity to learn Rails, but also to be in an environment that is difficult to find in other places. I was learning from the very best professionals and from an incredibly talented group of students. IronHack is an intensive bootcamp, you must be sure that you are able to push through any problem you have and my classmates were an important point to lean on.
On one of my very first days at IronHack I was having trouble understanding one of the concepts that we were covering and it was through teamwork with my other classmates that we were all able to understand it. My classmates were as motivated as me so it was easy to find people to continue programming on weekends or after the class. It was great for me. In this bootcamp I was surrounded by the very best professionals from all over the country, so I can only say that it was a pleasure to convert their knowledge into mine.
Being able to share this experience with my classmates was awesome. If I could have the opportunity to do another Ironhack bootcamp it would be amazing. They are the fastest two months I've ever lived. Well, my final project was about a travel application. With this web application you were able to save, organize and share all your trip information.
This project was developed in two weeks and in order to achieve all the features that I wanted to include on it, I used Rails. At the end of those two weeks I had a huge frontend project, which was more than I'd ever expected. Thanks to my hard work and efforts in this project I was one of the finalists in the Hackshow the IronHack final show where the finalists can show what they have made in two weeks and I could show my project to more than a hundred people.
Nowadays, I'm frontend developer and product manager at Floqq. IronHack gave me the opportunity that other companies didn't give me. I had no experience and nobody wanted to hire me and now I'm still learning and improving my skills in the best place I could ever find. It would be impossible to learn what I've learned in IronHack in two months on my own.
IronHack is an 8-week coding bootcamp with campuses in Madrid, Barcelona, and soon, Miami! Having said that, I come from a household of educators. Both of my parents were teachers when I was growing up and my father actually started a private university in Puerto Rico 20 years ago that started with 15 students and now they have 6 campuses and over 10, students enrolled.
I think education was always a part of my DNA and I wanted to do something after completing my education. He also wanted to do something in education in Europe and possibly in ed-tech as well.
During those 2 years of the MBA we were iterating ideas, constantly and I think had the same issue that most non-technical founders have in the U. Gonzalo and I took a 2-day course at Wharton where they taught us to do very basic Rails. After that experience, we started looking at the boot camp model. At that point, the earlier ones were starting to get a little bit of traction. We thought it would be interesting to do this somewhere abroad.
Gonzalo, my partner is Spanish, so our first bet was Spain. Would you say that IronHack is more geared towards makers or technical cofounders as opposed to people who want to get a job at an established company as a junior developer? Developers that want to professionalize their skills and take them to the next level, or people that are very smart, analytical and are looking for a hardcore experience that will allow them to learn from these types of people.
One thing we learned is that the 8 weeks just fly by. When you plan for people to be coding 10 to 12 hours a day- that seems like a lot but every day goes by so quickly. People love to come to Spain and study abroad. In the first cohorts we trained a lot of people from Spain, but going forward we want to make it attractive for foreigners to come over and enjoy everything that Spain has to offer and at the same time, learn how to code. Barcelona is very exciting because you have people from all over the world that are launching startups there.
And I think a lot of northern Europeans and people from Germany for instance, love Barcelona for weather reasons, the great beaches, the lifestyle… so a lot of them are coming over to Barcelona to launch their own ventures here.
Is it possible for someone from the U. So tell us what programming languages students are mastering at IronHack; tell us about the teaching style. The Web course is an 8-week course. And the last 2 weeks, students are working on their own project from scratch.
The culmination of the program is a demo day where they present their projects to the community- developers, startup cofounders, that type of audience.
We get them all the resources, videos and exercises to complete at home prior to arriving here. The technology demands in Spain are very fragmented. Do you expect that after completing your course, a graduate would be able to learn Python or PHP on their own?
I think one thing that differentiates us from boot camps is our focus and obsession with good coding practices.
Same format, exact same structure; slightly higher requirements to be accepted. In order to be accepted into the mobile course, you already have to program with another object-oriented language.
Our first course is focused on IOS development. We always like to have a ratio of at least 6 students per teacher. So when we have 15 students, we have one main professor and two teaching assistants. We went to the best companies here in Spain and other parts of Europe and basically found the best people there.
They work part time for us. And also from a recruiting perspective, a lot of our students have been hired by their teachers. Also, our students have a network that goes beyond their peers and the Ironhack staff; they have a network that connects to all these companies that these professors are coming from. You said that potential students should have some vested interest in programming and should have some background and be able to prove that they can really handle the material.
We have a 3-step application process. The first part is a written form that we screen and then we do two minute Skype interviews. The first minute Skype interview is to get a sense of who you are, why you want to do this, and get a sense of is you fit within our culture, and if you have that intrinsic motivation to make the most out of the hours that you have here.
If they make it through that interview, we have a second round, which is basically to assess technical skills. In some cases, we have people that we think are very smart and incredibly motivated but have never coded in their lives, have never even worked with HTML. We admit them subject to another valuation post that second interview.
On top of the core curriculum we have speakers like employers come in during the 8 weeks to present their products and also it serves as an opportunity for them to get in touch with their students and identify potential hiring leads. We also bring in leading HR people from some of our top tech employers here to offer workshops on how to set up your CV, how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, SEO and all these things. And we coach them on how to conduct an interview.
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Email Please submit this review with a valid email. Very good decision Overall Experience:. This Review Is Helpful 0 Flag as inappropriate. Hiring Fair Event At the end of the course, Brito arranges companies to come to Ironhack and sit down with you for interviews.
Post Ironhack Experience After Ironhack, finding a job if that is what you are there for is the next battle. Conclusion Yes - you learn a lot at Ironhack and are given great guidance, but no they will not hand you a job.
If you have any questions feel free to message me on LinkedIn and I will gladly answer them for you. This Review Is Helpful 1 Flag as inappropriate. There are life changing, self changing and thought changing experiences. If you're looking for a change in your life, Ironhack is the perfect place to do so. I went to Ironhack not knowing what I was getting into.
I was told it was like getting into a roller coaster and I didn't understand it until I was already in it. You start each day blind, without any knowledge of how it'll end. You can be at the top of the roller coaster or in free fall, afraid for what's next. It's a must have adventure, that's for sure, there's no living the same experience anywhere else. That feeling of self-development you get after you finish Ironhack and see the HUGE adventure you've just went through and it's results.
Everyone should do it. It's like a little sect you don't want to get out of, even though you've just finished a course there is always something more to do, to learn, some new student to help and guide into his adventure. Tell me something and I might forget it. Teach me something and I'll remember it. Involve me and I'll learn it Ironhack style. A life-changing experience Overall Experience:. Ironhack changed my life Overall Experience:.
The school for all Overall Experience:. Ironhack prepares you for the real world Overall Experience:. My steps in Ironhack Overall Experience:. I would recommend it Overall Experience:.
Perfect bootcamp Overall Experience:. Pros The team, both educational and administrative, is really fun to be around and work to make sure you get that family vibe. Sometimes it feels borderline cult-like but the social outcome is nice.
The student environment I found very enriching specifically because of the variety of backgrounds found among us. Our group had a number of people with experience and a few with none and which made for a great learning experience. Support in the job search. Even when it's not the outcomes manager posting, there's a thread in the Slack with offers coming in at all times.
Cons Not the world's most organized or punctual bunch. We didn't touch React, which we were asked about during our hiring week so I felt that was a massive disservice to us but did, strangely enough, have the time for an introduction to Docker the day before the presentation of our last projects.
This has since been changed in the curriculum but I'm still salty about it. I did a great deal of research within a small period of time before applying, going through the interview process and leaving my previous employer to join Ironhack. Like many other students, I decided on Ironhack because of the curriculum, the reputation of Brito as an Outcomes Manager, and the reputation of their lead instructor Nizar, however, when the cohort started I learned that we would have a new instructor, Nick, an Ironhack graduate.
When I registered for this course many of my classmates and I was under the impression that Nizar would be our teacher who I understood was someone with years of real world experience and was the primary reason for all the great reviews about Ironhack.
I decided about three weeks before the cohort started to join in April which was just enough time before it was too late. They crammed as much as could fit in our heads, and have been working hard to find us positions since graduating. The one complaint I have is that the coursework could be a little rough around the edges at times, due to the fact that they're constantly changing it to keep up with trends and new tech.
Generally it was minor things like examples not working, or tutorials not being quite accurate. The mentors were always there to address any issues though. I think my favorite part of Launch is that I'm now a part of a really dedicated and friendly community of web developers! Attending Launch Academy was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I had recently relocated and unable to get any momentum in a new city with no professional network.
Coding was always in my peripheral, but I had never actually taken the plunge until I started to look into bootcamps. Launch Academy really focused on Web Development moreso than others, so I dove in.
You'll initially spend 8 weeks online learning fundamentals, slowly ramping up to the week online program where you'll be taking on a different topic each week. The pace picks up really quickly from there, and it's not only challenging, but you'll be surrounded by people who fast become very close friends. By the time you're done, you'll know enough to build your own small apps and what you do from there is up to you.
I personally kept the moment going and started to teach myself other languages I never could "figure out" before without the experience Launch provided. Launch's curriculum changes very dynamically. Technology changes faster than fashion, and Launch keeps up. After graduating, they've got a pretty intensive job assistance program to keep you busy and active on the job hunt.
It's a great experience. This Review Is Helpful 4. I graduated two years ago from Launch Academy. First of all I loved my experience there. I learned fast and was easily one of the top performing students of my class.
The job was a contract for an extremely small start up 4 people. They told me that the company had experience with jr. The lead developer was a 19 year old German college student. Needless to say it was not a growth experience. My computer started experiencing problems and I could no longer run Rails. I found a full time volunteering opportunity with AmeriCorps teaching basic CS to students in low income areas and have been doing that for the last two years.
I recently enrolled in a QA program for urban youth of low income and am now on an internship and will hopefully find a job quickly after. This Review Is Helpful Nowadays I love to talk all about how much I love coding. In fact, for all of my college career this is not an exaggeration , I struggled figuring out what I wanted to do. Every time I switched focus, it still felt like I was taking the wrong turn.
I felt horrible about myself. So much that I spent the entire work-day writing this review, so hear me out. Now, here is where I will speak about how Launch Academy changed my life again, not an exaggeration.
At this point, I had already spent university credits in sporadic, unstructured classes I simply wasted away, with parents who reminded me regularly of the hardship they go through in putting me through school and how obnoxiously expensive each class was. Waking up in the morning became so easy.
I looked forward to being greeted by my peers the moment I walked through the door, all of whom were already hacking away at code.
I enjoyed every moment with these people: The people at Launch became my best friends and life mentors. There was none of that Big-O notation crap. The morning mentor groups, facilitations, clinics are all carefully structured to ensure that we learned only the necessary tools needed in web development.
Our mentors who are geniuses in my eyes never made it feel like they were above us. They always stopped what they were doing to help you out, whether it be over solving a config issue or simply moral support. Even though I was much younger than everyone else, I never felt out of place. We were in this together.
We learned from each other. Yes, it was challenging, but in a good way! Solving a problem made you feel so good. It gave you the motivation to keep going.
Launch also helped me embrace the discomfort. I gained the confidence to make mistakes. Self-teaching is key in web development. Launch Academy was exactly the push we needed to begin this lifetime devotion to learning.
I look back at my Northeastern days and laugh, because all I was missing was the community and support I found at Launch Academy.
Launch Academy did a god job of passing along develepment skills to our class. They did, however, fail entirely at Career Services for a decent chunk of us. I graduated the LA program as part of the Fall cohort.
I originally signed up to launch academy as a way to change my career path - I had been stuck in the same job for a few years, and it felt like the right fit. The school did a great job introducing basic concepts and easing students into the course with the part-time program before the on site weeks, but that being said it might have been nice to have one or two meetings before hand as well.
Once the full time program started, the pace really ramped up - each week is focused on a new aspect of web development, and the program did a great job breaking the weeks into learning, doing and testing.
By the time we were getting started on our final demo projects - I had felt like I'd learned more in the weeks prior than I did the 4 years I was in college!
The project portion of the course as good, although I will mention some issues below. So all told, the course was very strong - I learnt an incredible amount, and most importantly the school embedded the idea that to make it in software, you really have to never stop learning.
It is a huge 'get out what you put in' type of place, they give you the resources and time, but you really need to make the most of it. Stay late, read extra, work on the weekends - it all pays dividends by the end, and carrys through to the post-graduation phases. Keep trying to build things even when you dont think you know how, you'll be surprised how much the base level skills can translate in to some much higher level concepts. I can't imagine trying to pitch a breakable toy to a hiring manager 3 months after graduation as being a great way to geat picked up.
New ideas, quick projects - this seemed to be what got attention from companies and I started seeing more responses to my applications. In the end, I was contacted directly by a recruiter from a software company, and I went through the process independant of LA - that being said their skills in sharpening resumes and online profiles really went a long way, and their push to get you to events helped me feel comfortable just talking to people about technology.
I thought the post graduation curriculum was great. All told I was thrilled with the program, but there were a couple issues. As mentioned above, the format of the career day was a little off putting, and didn't seem to get much traction with the companies attending.
I was also a little disappointed by the project I was encouraged to work on - we were asked to present two or three ideas, the first of which really pushed my own boundries, something I thought was cool and was very different than what we had focused on. I wish they would have let me push my boundries a little more, potentially fail, but have something unique and a little different to present in the end.
The culture at Launch is interesting, and as mentioned in a couple other reviews was at times a little heavy handed. We were all big boys and girls in the program - and sitting down an entire cohort to walk us through 'mansplaining' was a pretty eye-roll worthy experience.
Relying on these to quickly get things set in a project was understandable, but there wasn't much of an understanding given to us as to what was happening under the hood.
All in all, I have encouraged friends and coworkers to attend Launch Academy multiple times, I think it was a great course - well designed and executed - and it helped me make a drastic career change. I have been back to events held there after, and its encouraging to see the community grow - I hope they can continue on the right path and build on the success they have had.
This Review Is Helpful 2. The course is comprehensive and very intense. When I left I felt prepared for a career in web development. What sets Launch apart are the instructors, each one is friendly and knowledgable.
I would highly recommend Launch to anyone who is looking for a career change. Overall, I had a great experience. I learned the entire stack to build fully functional websites with impressive tech behind them. The curriculum is difficult and requires motivation on the part of the student. There were a few times when we were lectured on things like "mansplaining", which felt out of place for a class meant to teach you how to build websites. These are minor gripes, and overall the experience was a positive one.
For anyone willing to focus on the material and put in the time necessary, a job as a software developer is well within your grasp after Launch Academy. I landed my dream job after taking the course, and I couldn't be happier with it. This Review Is Helpful 6. I've been working abroad since April paused the program , and am learning on my own.
LA helped me get started with a strong foundation. I would recommend it to others, particularly under specific circumstances see below. Overall, I enjoyed my time in the program and would highly recommend it to others for specific use cases: For perspective, here's another online review:. I'd been trying to break into a career in software engineering for a while, and the practical skills and education I got through Launch Academy put me over the top.
The curriculum is well-crafted, layering concepts on top of each other in an organic way, so that you're given a solid foundation before moving on to a more complex subject. Learning so much in such a short amount of time requires dedication. I'm not sure how they managed it, but the culture there was great.
The instructors are all super-friendly and helpful and badass , and the entire student community was mutually supportive. I've also been impressed with their Career Services.
Part of the curriculum is focused on what it takes to get hired: As for the actual hiring process post-graduation, Corinne is tireless. About two dozen companies looking to hire came to Career Day, and she's been in touch with many more since, setting up interviews, phone screens, etc.
Having done a lot of research, I think Launch is the best bootcamp you can find in Boston. The personalized attention and focus on one cohort at a time I think really sets it apart from some of the other bootcamps. If I talk to someone who is remotely interested in computers, I usually ask if they would consider going to a coding bootcamp.
Most people seem intrigued by this, and I then follow up with a recommendation for Launch Academy. I'm not trying to shill for the program, but what they've done for me has changed my life. I've always loved computers, from building PC's to playing games on them.
It wasn't until I heard about Launch Academy from my brother, who recruits engineers that I seriously considered a career in web development. After completing the course, I can honestly say that coding is the single best career in the universe Why is it so good? Before attending Launch, I thought computer programming was all about math. This was one of the main reasons why I never majored in computer science, and it's also completely false.
True, you can apply math in many different ways when coding, but a better analogy would be to compare coding to LEGOs. When you code, you're just building something. Sometimes your project is small, like those piece LEGO sets, and other times, your project could be massive and require many different sections.
Either way, you're always putting the pieces together with code to build a working application. If this sounds interesting to you, then please strongly consider Launch Academy. Over the week course, you will constantly get your ass kicked. The instructors will teach you a new topic, and then give a challenge to work on that involves said topic. Rarely, it will be easy. Most often, your brain will be completely taxed from trying to solve it. What makes this process so rewarding is that you're not in this alone: Almost every other person attending Launch is in the same boat as you are, and halfway through the course, I started to view these people like family.
You'll struggle together, but more importantly, you'll succeed together. Teamwork is an integral part of coding, and it's also the most satisfying. These challenges and exercises will wear you down, but when you stop and think about how much you've learned, your mind will be blown. There is pre-course work before the actual cohort begins, and by the second actual week at Launch, I realized how much more I knew about coding Ruby in particular than when I started. By the end of the course, I was shocked at how much knowledge I acquired.
It's the reason you're here, and Launch delivers. No, you are not guaranteed a job, but after graduating, I had more interviews lined up than I have ever had in my life. It was a truly great feeling to have. If you're looking for a career change and have any interest in computers or how things work in the magical wonderland known as the internet, you should definitely look into Launch Academy.
With such a huge demand for programmers in the job market, this is the best way to get your foot in the door. You'll be exhausted after the 10 weeks here, but more importantly, you'll be empowered. This Review Is Helpful 9. Even before I had finished the program, I have been receiving requests from prospective students to share my experience with the program, why I choose to attend a bootcamp - and Launch Academy in particular, and what my post-grad experience has been like.
This is a pretty lengthy review. If you're only interested in my outlook on the program, just skip to the conclusion at the end. Are coding bootcamps too good to be true?
It's easy to believe that based on the statistics they tout to prospective students. There are dozens, possibly hundreds of programs out there that offer to take your money and turn you into a coding ninja in just a few short weeks.
Most of them also claim that your skills will be so red hot that companies will be lining up to offer you starting salaries that will make your bootcamp tuition pay for itself in just a few months.
My journey as a developer began after I finished graduated from college. Like many students, I went to school for four years for a degree in something that I thought I would love doing and would lead to a job. After graduating with a B. Unable to get my foot in the door, I went back to school for a masters, believing I would be better qualified for that first entry-level job in local government.
I applied for hundreds and interviewed for dozens of jobs and prestigious fellowships around the country, but after several months, was no closer to a job than I was two years earlier. I had spent the last six years in school, studying for a career that seemed out of reach, and accumulating massive amounts of student loan debt in the process - debt that would soon come due.
I began asking him questions about the program and why he chose to go through a program like Launch Academy after spending so much time studying for an MBA.
After that trip I had made up my mind to become a developer. Each cohort is limited to around 35 students Launchers with instructors or Experience Engineers available. Additionally, I had spoken with some alums of the program who were now working as developers, making considerably more money than in their previous jobs, and enjoying their work more than what they had previously did. The admissions process begins with an application that includes some questions on why you want to be a developer.
The interview process consisted of two parts. For the first part, I would work through a coding challenge in the book with my interviewer, so they could see how I approach problem solving.
This part of the interview is essential for evaluating the problem solving skills of a prospective student. The second part consisted of a minute Lightning Talk.
During this talk, I would teach my interviewer something - anything - that I found interesting. Bonus points if it isn't related to programming. The purpose of this part of the interview is to assess the student's interpersonal skills, such as how well they can present their ideas to others. Ignition is the first phase of Launch Academy. Each cohort, the curriculum is refined and enhanced in a process of iterative improvement.
During my cohort, I spent time learning fundamental programming concepts, the principles of object oriented programming OOP , and practiced simple coding exercises or code katas.
The first week of Launch Academy was a mind-blowing experience. My cohort spent the first week drilling through more katas in Ruby and reinforcing everything we learned in ignition. I remember looking back at the end of each day and contemplating how much more advanced the project from that day was compared to what I was struggling with just a day or two earlier.
By the end of the week I had built a simple to-do list app in Sinatra that saved data to a csv file. Bravo Phase began during the 3rd week of Launch. One of the most notable challenges to come out of this phase was a pairing challenge in which we had to write a command line Blackjack game that conformed to the principles of OOP. It was during this time that some of the concepts that I had read about during Ignition really began to sink in as I put them into practice.
Charlie Phase started during week five. The learning curve had been rapidly building with each passing day, but it was during this time that the pace became truly blistering for me.
Much of this phase was designed to prepare us for Delta Phase, where we would be building and deploying our first Rails apps. Having spent the last few weeks learning how to build websites in Sinatra gave me a great appreciation for how much more complex and powerful Rails is. Rails is like a big black box.
You can tell it to do something and most of the time it just works out of the box, whereas even simple tasks such as compiling a SASS stylesheet become massive undertakings in Sinatra requiring a thorough knowledge of the entire process. Last but not least, we learned how to deploy our apps through Heroku. Unlike previous phases, there were few daily challenges or katas during Delta Phase. Instead we were tasked with a group project. In groups of we would build a simple Yelp-like review site for anything of our choosing using Rails and TDD.
The project had to be minimally styled and conform to RESTful conventions. The primary objective of the project was to experience what it's like to work on a team of software developers using tools such as Trello for project management and Git for version control.
We were originally told that the projects would be due the following Monday beginning of Echo Phase. On Friday at 4 PM however, we were all informed that our projects would be due at 5: Looking back, this was one of the most stressful moments at Launch Academy, but an excellent exercise in prioritizing tasks and working as a group effectively.
Despite most groups having planned to spend the weekend finishing the project, every single group successfully presented a styled and functioning site at 5: This was the final phase of Launch Academy - the home stretch.
Everything up to this point had been to prepare us for our capstone project, or breakable toy as we call it. The focus for this entire phase was on building our breakable toys to present to hiring partners on career day. The only lectures during this phase were on computer science theory and job hunting skills that would help us land jobs after the program. During this time I became a lean mean programming machine, spending 12, sometimes 14 hours per day, 7 days a week working on my breakable toy to get it ready for career day.
Whenever I wasn't coding or sleeping, I was studying computer science theory and practicing my interviewing skills with the EEs. Some of my fellow classmates and I even held a hour coding marathon in Mission Control, which was among my fondest Launch Academy memories.
Despite record snowfall that would go on to be an all-time record for Boston, career day proceeded more or less as planned. For ten weeks we had practiced our coding skills, built apps, and helped each other along the way. Now it was time to present our work and ourselves to hiring partners who were all looking to hire junior software developers. For my cohort and the cohorts since, career day was split into two separate days with approximately companies represented on each day.
We were divided into four groups of , as were the hiring partners in attendance. Each Launcher would have just 2 minutes to present their project and explain why they are passionate about coding and would make a good fit on a company's team. After each person had presented, there would be about minutes of time for networking with the hiring partners that had been with the group.
Each group of hiring partners would then rotate to the next group of Launchers to repeat the process. After about 2 hours, all the presentations had concluded we were free to network with the hiring partners and eat pizza. While I knew coming in to the program that I likely wouldn't find a job for at least a month or two after the program, the first few weeks after career day were the most difficult. It took me nearly two weeks just to land my first interview.
By that time, over half a dozen of my classmates had already received offers. The next month or so saw a slowdown in the hiring rate for the cohort. It seemed as though many people, myself included, were being interviewed weekly, sometimes two or three times per week, but not receiving offers.
Although I sometimes doubted myself, I know that I made the right choice in going through Launch Academy. It was a stressful and expensive process that has only just begun to pay dividends. Three months after graduating, I landed a role as the Lead Developer for a startup company in Boston. While some of my classmates obtained high-paid roles with flashy startups or larger companies, many such as myself did not.
I opted to work for a pre-seed startup, sacrificing a high salary for the potential to make more money later, but more importantly, to gain experience working as a remote developer on a team of one. More on that later. Others in my cohort also worked for small pre-seed startups or went on to become freelancers. A few are still searching. Going in, my expectations were perhaps a little too high. I really did expect that everyone in my group would get a high paying job. Several of my classmates weren't endorsed for career day, and for many of the rest of us, finding a job was no easy task, even for the best of us.
It is true that the demand for programmers is nearly insatiable at the moment. That said, companies are as picky now as they've ever been about who they want to hire. Completing a program like Launch should not be seen as a guaranteed ticket to a job, but merely a launching pad to a career. Finishing Launch Academy opened the doors for me to a career in programming, but I still had to work every day for months afterwards before I finally got the job.
The curriculum for each cohort is an improved version of that from the previous cohort. Cohorts before mine did not begin working with Sinatra until the fourth week. My cohort began working with Sinatra during the second week. The cohort after mine started working with Sinatra on day one. Now it is part of Ignition. While I can't speak for the curriculum of the current cohort or those to come, there were some things that I wish my cohort had been able to cover that would have prepared us better for the job market.
Chief among these things is responsive design using popular frameworks such as Bootstrap or Foundation. We touched on these frameworks only minimally during my cohort. Designing a flashy website says little about a developer's programming skills, but a lot about their presentation skills.
It is widely used around the internet, powerful, and easy to learn. Launch Academy was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Launch Academy is not for everyone though. If you're lazy, lack motivation, and are only interested in landing a high-paying job as quickly as possible, then Launch Academy is not for you.
If you decide to go, you will work like a dog for months on end. You will grow grey hairs trying to understand Git workflow. You will spend many hours stuck on T trains that smell of urine as you commute to Chinatown. You will likely gain weight eating Chinese food because you won't have the time to cook proper meals.
You may even get to wade through 4 feet of snow and slush in freezing temperatures to make it to your career day presentation. If you decide to go, you will make new friends and colleagues who will help push you along and keep you motivated. You will experience moments of joy each time you finally understand a difficult concept. You will cheer when you deploy your first app to Heroku. You will learn that most programmers survive on a diet of coffee and beer alone. Every day you will learn something new and be challenged to grow as a developer.
Lastly, you will be part of an elite group of Launch Academy alumni who are active on Slack and constantly helping each other with coding problems and help requests, or just meeting up for lunch and a beer. Only you can decide! This Review Is Helpful 7.
Every time someone asks me what I thought about my Launch Academy experience, I give them the same answer: I, like many of my fellow classmates, did not come from a CS background.
I had been working as a project manager at a translation company for the past two and a half years. I had moved into a more technical role, though I never wrote a line of code and would not have known how, in any case. While I had liked my job at one point, I no longer did, and it had become clear to me that it was just that: I wanted a career.
I applied to both General Assembly and Launch Academy in Boston, was accepted at both, and after a painstaking couple of days, decided on Launch Academy. And gave my notice immediately after making that decision. Launch Academy has a pre-work curriculum that every Launcher does at home in the weeks before the cohort starts, called Ignition. With our cohort they placed a lot more emphasis on learning as much Ruby as possible during Ignition so we could really hit the ground running on day one.
The first six weeks are well-structured and give students a practical understanding of core web development and use techniques that really force students to digest what they're learning.
Evening assignments were on new concepts and accompanied by a reading. Sometimes this reading included a step-by-step guide that you could follow to build something, but the assignment which students were required to turn in by the next morning always required some extra thinking. Often, though, the assignments required a good deal of outside research in order to complete. Students returned the next morning and broke into smaller mentor groups where an EE experience engineer, as the instructors were called would address any specific problems a student brought up.
The morning facilitation a lecture-like presentation by an instructor then went over the concepts from the previous night's assignment in more detail. Afternoons were less structured. Almost everyone worked in pairs on the afternoon assignment, and each day a couple of EE's had office hours where students could get some dedicated one-on-one time if they wanted.
Optional clinics were available for extra coverage of certain topics or more advanced topics. This style of teaching was key. I had to figure out how to do something before I was taught. I was never given all the tools, but I had the means to acquire them. If I struggled with a concept, one of my fellow Launchers was there to help me.
If I managed to complete something quickly, there was someone else I could help. And this is the kicker: If I made something work by trial and error, all well and good. But in order to teach someone else, I had to go back and really understand what I had done and help my fellow Launcher make their code work. The last four weeks were more open-ended: EE's still had office hours every day and held optional clinics. We received some guidance on group projects but the EE's became much more hands-off toward the end, really making us take the reins and lead ourselves to success.
We met with Corinne, the wonderful, amazing, talented, insanely hard-working career services director, several times, and had mock technical interviews.
We practiced and practiced and practiced our presentations for career day. We were as prepared as we could be. We were not guaranteed jobs. We were guaranteed assistance in the job search and guidance. The staff will prepare you as best they can, but you have to want to succeed. Launch Academy's job placement rate after graduation is extremely high Check out their website.
I had booked 8 interviews in the first week after graduation, and accepted an offer just a week and a half after graduating.
I could not be happier with my overall experience and where I ended up. In the end, you really get out of it what you put into it. This is not school. No one is forcing you to be there.
If you're there, it's because you want to be, and this is what you want to do. Don't expect to coast along. But, if you put in the time and the effort, it will pay off.
I enrolled in Launch Academy on a whim, and I have to say it was the best decision of my life. I was hired as a developer by one of Launch's hiring partners almost immediately after graduation.
Almost needless to say - although there's some sticker shock, in my case it very easily paid for itself. Dan Pickett, Launch's co-founder and one of the senior instructors, is a fantastic guy who is both the guru on all things web development with Ruby on Rails, and also someone who has a real passion and gift for teaching.
The curriculum he and the other Launch staff have put together includes a huge amount of information, but presented in a very accessible way, and with a strong emphasis on the students' actually understanding the most important concepts, as opposed to simple rote memorization. The other Launch staff are all very enthusiastic and knowledgeable teachers, and genuinely great people to hang out and have a beer with. Like most web-dev positions, the "Experience Engineers" have a fairly high rate of turnover, so I won't give out any specific endorsements also just don't have room!
The other students in my cohort were not only intelligent and motivated, but also one of the most down-to-Earth and friendliest groups of people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Many of us had genuinely awesome talents and careers outside of coding. We had everyone from MIT grads to someone like me 22 , with no college degree or paid white-collar work experience.
Launch doesn't just choose the applicants who look best on paper but really do their homework to make sure it's a great mix of people. As it turns out, I ended up being one of the strongest coders of the cohort, but I wouldn't have had that opportunity if Launch hadn't been willing to take a chance on me.
Launch and Dan has a great reputation in the Boston tech community for graduating developers who know the necessary Ruby fundamentals to immediately start improving a Rails codebase. That alone opens plenty of doors in the job market. But Launch also has relationships with dozens of hiring partners whom we present to on Career Day, and from whom most of us had multiple interview requests soon after.
But best of all Launch has Corinne, who puts in a superhuman amount of effort to helping every member of the cohort find a job. She handles almost all the communication with employers so we don't have to, and will advocate tirelessly on your behalf. I can't praise her enough. Now, in the interests of presenting a complete and unbiased picture, I would be remiss if I didn't mention there are a few downsides. Overall, I really could not be happier with my decision to attend Launch, and I strongly recommend that anyone else who's interested do the same, and sooner rather than later!
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I had an excellent experience at Launch Academy. I came in with very modest programming experience one free online course and a couple months of hacking on various projects in my spare time and Launch Academy absolutely fulfilled its promise to teach me what I needed to know to get a job in web development. Dan Pickett and his teachers have developed a curriculum that manages to teach a huge amount of information in a very short period of time and actually make it stick.
Literally every week you start a task that seems impossible, and by Friday morning it seems simple. Launch Academy also offers incredible career support, both through their formal network of hiring partners, and through the less formal Boston tech scene. They have an excellent reputation, and they offer the resources students need to succeed, not just in learning the mechanics of programming for the web, but in finding a job and succeeding in that job.
I had absolutely ZERO experience going into the program, and was a bartender up until I moved to Boston to start the bootcamp. I've always been a fast learner so I kind of thought that it wouldn't be as hard as it sounded. I was soooo wrong.
I probably cried close to everyday not to sound like a baby. I learned SO much and going to Launch Academy changed my life. I went from being a bartender not knowing a single thing about programming, to being a full time developer at a super cool web and mobile apps development company in Raleigh, NC..
The instructors and everyone involved are amazing and so invested in helping you learn and have the best experience possible. I am living my dream life right now and it is due in large part to Launch Academy. Awesome people, curriculum second to none. More than that, the 6-month post-grad support is real. The experience engineers at LA are really genuine people as well as stellar engineers - ping them with a question a month after the program is over and you'll get a response. Prior to attending Launch Academy, I was somewhat skeptical about the bootcamp education model.
Bootcamps require a large upfront tuition payment and I wasn't sure if potential employers would take these non-traditional training programs seriously. I found Launch Academy particularly appealing because they offered full-stack training which includes database, back-end and front-end development.
After thoughtful consideration I decided to attend. I knew I wanted to be a web developer and attending a bootcamp seemed like the most efficient way to successfully transition into the industry.
The program was 10 weeks long. Our cohort, the first cohort at Launch Academy, ramped up in the first week and kept a rapid pace of learning throughout the remainder of the course. The curriculum offered a good balance of depth and breadth. This was a great addition to the course; I gleaned a ton of valuable information from them.
There was one point about halfway through the course where I felt we could have used an additional instructor to help with projects. However, Launch Academy listened to our feedback and hired an additional instructor. This was a minor issue considering we were the first cohort through the course. Overall, I had an great experience. I learned more than I expected, worked with an incredible group of people and had a blast developing cool things for ten weeks.
Upon completion of the course, we had initial interviews with approx. I had several follow up interviews and I accepted an incredible position as a Rails Developer within two weeks of graduation.
I had some background in coding before attending LA and had been doing some self study, but LA really took my abilities to the next level. I was really skeptical I could gain enough practical knowledge in 10 weeks to get a job, but I just graduated last week and already have on-site interviews with four companies lined up.
Launch Academy also offers something you can't get through self study, an amazing atmosphere and a whole group of people eager to learn and aid each other along the way.
I got to work with and learn from so many awesome people, I gained more than I ever would have on my own. The people alone were worth the cost of admission. Also, a big bonus of Launch Academy is their devotion to following best practices. The experience I have gained with Test Driven Development at Launch Academy alone has been enough to impress employers. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding experience that will change your life, you can't go wrong with Launch Academy.
Launch Academy was a great stepping stone for me. I had just graduated college, and during my last semester i began transitioning to web development. Started doing Codecademy and other tutorials online. I knew I lacked any prior, both educational and work, experience in computer science, so I figured the next best thing was to do a bootcamp.
After doing my research and investigating, I decided Launch Academy was the best fit for me. I think Launch Academy excels at the instructors. Dan Picket, Johnny Borsiquost, and the Experienced Engineers, are really smart, can explain things very well, and are there to help whenever you may need it.
To be very honest and blunt, this is a bootcamp. If you have the drive and work ethic, you will thrive. If not, maybe take a different approach. My advice if your are thinking of doing this or are going to do it, is this.
If you are learning something, and dont understand it after you have tried to figure it out , ask ASAP! Embrace the confusion, and always look for clarity. Understand your learning style, and make sure Launch Academy is catering to that style. Live and breath this stuff for the 10 weeks.
Most importantly, seek to understand what, why, how things are happening. Everything builds upon the old stuff, so make sure every step of the way you are understanding what is going on. I joined Launch Academy in February after realizing that coding was something I wanted to do.
While I had very little experience with coding and most programming languages I was familiar with Ruby by attending free workshops in Boston. I decided on Launch for a couple of reasons; it's located in Boston, they are active in the Ruby community, and I had met Launch Academy alum who had only good things to say about the boot camp model.
One of the greatest things about Launch Academy are the Experience Engineers who teach and mentor. It's an amazing support system that I don't think I would've gotten at other bootcamps in the city. By the end of the week program, I had built a couple of apps using Rails and Sinatra and was exposed to many of the methodologies and technologies full-stack developers use. I know feel like I have the tools to learn any new technology at an accelerated rate.
I had interviews for 5 different positions and accepted a job offer within a month of graduation. Need a rundown of everything that happened in the coding bootcamp industry this September? This month, we kept up with the status of the bootcamp industry, learned about how bootcamps are thriving in smaller markets, and explored different ways to pay for bootcamp. Plus, we added 7 new schools from around the world to the Course Report school directory! Why do journalists and industry leaders think that two coding bootcamps are closing?
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Plus we round up all the new campuses and new coding bootcamps around the world. As a self-taught developer himself, Kyle Feeley appreciates coding bootcamp grads who have made an intentional career change. So as the Director of UX for online insurance marketplace EverQuote , he turned to Launch Academy in Boston to hire for his front-end development team.
EverQuote operates the largest online insurance marketplace. EverQuote was founded with the vision of applying a scientific, data-driven approach to help consumers find the best price and coverage for their individual insurance needs while driving down costs for insurance providers.
Our UX team is made up of a three-person design team and an eight-member front-end development team. The front-end development team is responsible for building new features, improving our front-end code, and fixing bugs. Our front-end developers also do quite a bit of interaction design and usability design as part of their implementations.
Over the the last few years I have personally hired seven Launch Academy graduates. We currently have four Launchers on our front-end development team. We have quite a few other Launchers on other development teams at the company. He loved the program after his first visit and we have been working with them ever since. Our company has hired front-end developers and full-stack developers from Launch Academy. We have had a former Launcher as an intern, but only because he was still in school — we hired him full time when he left school.
We normally hire directly into developer roles. Other than Launch Academy, how do you usually hire developers? What are you looking for in a new hire? We source from schools, bootcamps and anyone who is self-taught. Personally, I am a self-taught developer, so admire other developers from non-traditional backgrounds.
Do you notice differences in hiring from a coding bootcamp versus more traditional channels? No CS degree program I have encountered offers comprehensive training in front-end development or user experience. Being exposed to both the front-end and back-end, and product and business decisions, will help inform you about what direction you want to go in when you get out of Launch.
Also, during training, Launch Academy has several check-ins to make sure students are keeping up, so I feel confident that every student leaving the program has the same base-level understanding of development. What can coding bootcampers do to stand out to potential employers?
I think most people, myself included, need to be exposed to a new skill over time for that skill to cement. Also, when you are at a bootcamp: You may never get another chance to spend this amount of concentrated time learning and creating. Did you get resistance from your company about hiring coding bootcampers? Our management was actually excited to learn about Launch Academy. The management at EverQuote tends to be very forward-thinking and results-oriented — so they see how coding bootcamps embody those values.
Our management also knows how difficult it is to hire solid developers. Any trepidation they might have had with regards to hiring from a coding bootcamp must have gone away after the success we had with our first hires.
When you put the Launch Academy grads through a technical interview, how did they do? Every Launcher is different.
Some do better than others. And the ones who do the best, we end up making offers to. Our application process is no different than the process for traditional applicants.
We put every candidate through the same rigorous testing no matter where applicants are coming from. On top of that, they have to display a proclivity for visual design and usability.
The onboarding process consists of a lot of pair programming, group programming, code review, and talks from our leads that explain our stack, internal tools, and code architecture. We do not have a formal mentoring or apprenticeship program in place. We have an established on-boarding process for new hires.
Also, our developers work very closely together and are encouraged to pair program whenever they feel that the project warrants it. Our more senior developers are interested and enthusiastic about helping new developers get up to speed. Our code review process is thorough and, hopefully, very informative. Also, our company encourages continued learning by reimbursing employees for training relevant to their work at EverQuote.
To me, designing for the web and software is no different. The other reason I would encourage designers to know code is that, at the end of the day, it makes you more marketable. Since you started hiring from Launch Academy, have your new hires moved up or been promoted? A couple former Launchers on my team have become leads on b2b and consumer projects.
Launch Academy has been very responsive about our input. We have met with them several times to offer our thoughts and answer questions. Their curriculum looks to be constantly evolving as a result of their engagement with employers and students. Yes, absolutely; we have had a lot of good fortune with our employees from Launch. They have brought a ton of value to our teams and our company and I look forward to more Launchers joining the team!
What is your advice to other employers who are thinking about hiring from a coding bootcamp or this bootcamp in particular? They may have different gaps in knowledge or understanding than a CS grad does — they have had less time to be exposed to some of the core concepts. Find out more and read Launch Academy reviews on Course Report. Check out the Launch Academy website. She loves breakfast tacos and spending time getting to know bootcamp alumni and founders all over the world. Unlike some of my classmates, I had actually just graduated from college.
During my science degree, I learned to code in R for research projects. That made me realize that I was interested in coding, so I started looking for coding bootcamps during my senior year to do after graduation. How did you decide that a coding bootcamp was the next step in your education? I was definitely feeling burnt out, and wasn't really interested in doing two more years of school. I had read about coding bootcamps online and thought that I should at least try it. I had also tried to teach myself online by using Codecademy.
I asked a lot of my computer science friends for help, and they eventually suggested that I take a class. I didn't really want another degree, so a coding bootcamp seemed like a great option. When you decided to go to a coding bootcamp , was your goal to get a job as a web developer?
When I graduated, I started looking for a job in the brain and cognitive science field, and a lot of the jobs that I was interested in actually required coding skills. Even though I had done Codecademy, I still felt like I had pretty limited knowledge.
In my cognitive science degree, we learned a little bit about machine learning and AI.