Attending a coding bootcamp in another country is like signing up for a triathlon and then requesting to do it blindfolded. It’s intense, it’s exhausting, and you’re probably going to make a fool of yourself. So far, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I decided to attend Ironhack’s intensive full-stack web development bootcamp several months after moving from Washington, DC, to Mexico City. While I didn’t move to Mexico with the intention of joining a bootcamp, I had come with a career change in mind, and after several months of freelancing and interviewing with digital agencies and start-ups, I realized I would need to invest more in my programming skills if I wanted to move to the next level.
It didn’t take me long to stumble upon Ironhack, a top-ranked global tech school and one of the only intensive options for aspiring developers in Mexico. I’d investigated bootcamps in the United States before, but many of them inevitably overlapped with the front-end knowledge I already had. Ironhack’s focus on full-stack app development seemed ideal for me. While I was apprehensive about diving in to a bootcamp experience in my second language, joining a class of twenty people around my age seemed like a unique opportunity to improve my linguistic and cultural fluency. (According to Course Report, the average coding bootcamp student is thirty years old.)