This post was originally published by Jeremie on his Medium page. Jeremie joined our March 2018 Web Development Bootcamp in Paris. What you’re about to read is a summary of why he joined Ironhack, the hopes he had prior to joining, and his experience of the Bootcamp. Enjoy !
« How do you comfort a JavaScript bug ? You console it. » Let it sink… Got it ? No ? 3 months ago, neither did I. You know, some things happen in life that are not up to you. The rest is completely up to you. I have a degree in Digital Marketing/Advertising and I have just landed a job as a Full Stack Web Developer. Crazy, right ? How did I get there ? Born in the nineties, I have witnessed the evolution of technology. I am perfectly aware of the deep transformation companies are currently undergoing, through the diffusion and the development of the Web. And do you know what I notice ? It is that everyone is saying that coding is tomorrow ‘s skill and that everyone should learn it, but the majority of people only have a vague idea of what code is. Even though, I was evolving around the Web and Technology, I didn’t fully grasp what it was. And the key to better understand the world we are living in is code.

« The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories: people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do » 

Marc Andreessen.

When I applied to Ironhack, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I really wanted to learn more about how a website really works but the information online can be and is intimidating. Especially when you are on your own. And I needed some kind of structure to learn the best practice. The Ironhack bootcamp seemed to fit my needs with a nine weeks intensive program.

As the starting date of the bootcamp got closer and closer, I became more and more afraid. With no background in computer science, I started doubting myself. Am I cut for this ? Am I going to enjoy it ? But deep down, I knew what I wanted and I wasn’t going to stop until I got it. And there I was that Monday of March 2018. Ready for 59 days of intense training.

I am not going to lie. It WAS intense. I was challenged every day. But in the end, it was so worth it. What comes easy won’t last and what lasts won’t come easy. Right ?

If I had the chance, I would definetely do it again. And, more importantly, sooner.

I have learn so much in 9 weeks. The fundamental of creating a web application from scratch of course. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. I will be crystal clear, you WON’T MASTER coding at the end of the bootcamp. Simply because it is IMPOSSIBLE. BUT you will learn how to LEARN, how to SEARCH information and how to GET BETTER.

Again, there were some difficult times, where I felt overwhelmed and entirely way over my head but you are not alone. I have met some amazing people ready to help : the entire Ironhack team, our amazing lead teacher and TAs, and my fellow comrades.

Learning how to code is an intense journey, you work hard and you struggle but you want more. Paradoxal, isnt’ it ?

To recap’, it was a once in a life time experience and I would recommend it if you are interested in learning how to code or if you are thinking about change in your life. If you have ideas, if you want to build them and make them, Ironhack will give you the tools, the tech skills and the mindset to start.

So yes, if I had the chance, I would definetely do it again. And more importantly, sooner.

Last but not least, it is possible to get a job as a Web Developer without any previous experience. It happened to me, and I am one out of many. A company took a chance on me and offered me a full-time position. I am very thrilled to start on this new path. I am highly motivated and I cannot wait to begin !

As I told you, the best investment you could ever make is in yourself. I dared to make a change and I am convinced it was for the best.

YOU are the « master of your fate ». What happens next is up to you.

This was an unaltered testimonial by Jeremie, one of our many alumni here at Ironhack Paris, and was originally published on his personal Medium page. Check out our website if this made you curious to learn more about our bootcamps !
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