Starting a Bootcamp. Starting Lambda School in Europe

Jan 23, 2022 12:28 PM
Every day we live more in a technological world, where technology is generating the biggest advances we are suffering. If what we want to do is to create new technology companies, understand better them, or be able to work in companies in this sector. Learning to program, or have at least, some basic notions of programming will be essential. In this way, we will know what is doing a part of the company we are working on. And not have a wall of distance with one of the most important departments of the company.
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How did I start in the tech world?

Since I was a child, I always had a taste for technology, how the rockets are done, cars or the website where I could read football news. Once I had to choose a university degree I ended up discarding doing some kind of engineering, since I thought that studying business administration would bring me the necessary tools, in a faster way, to be able to create my own companies or be able to advance more inside firms. Needless to say, I was wrong in my thoughts.
After the degree, I started working in Deloitte, and after 6 months in this, I decided to create my own company, my first Startup. Finally, it did not work well. During that period I realized again the importance of understanding technology and knowing how to program. For this reason, after leaving the startup I decided to start a bootcamp that boosted my knowledge and allowed me to get some notions of web programming necessary in a very practical and fast way. Although that supposed to have to be studying for 30 weeks from 8 to 10 hours a day.
Since I decided to do a bootcamp I was studying different alternatives, in any country, I had no particular preference. Looked at the curriculums, prices and cost of living of the cities where they were. Then I saw that Lambda School was going to make its first bootcamp in Europe. I told myself that I would try to enter and if I ended up in I will choose it. Why? Lambda School is a bootcamp that is done online, in person, but online. That is, for 30 weeks from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. there are classes like in any classroom bootcamp, but by video call and you can do it from anywhere in the world. From your parents’ house, for example, assuming a great saving of money. Also, you do not have to pay anything to do it. You only have to pay at the end and if you get a salary higher than 27k, if you get that, then you will have to pay 10% of your salary for 4 years. It’s over 30 weeks, compared to 9 weeks of other bootcamps. You learn all the basic technologies plus computer engineering classes, such as algorithms and data structure. At the time it seemed more complete than others. Also added that It has no economic risk and I could afford it.

What is a day like in Lambda?

Lambda School is very intense and requires you to work a lot, I suppose that in most bootcamps it will be the same. Classes start at 9:00 and finish at 6:00 pm each day.
They are divided as follows:
09:00 — You start with a code challenge (basically javascript)
10:00 — 2 hours of class where you can ask everything you want
12:00 — Rest of 1 hour
13:00 — Now you start a new project every day, where you put into practice what you have learned in class. Somedays its done alone, and other days is done doing pair programming
17:00 — Last meeting of the day and it’s time to review your project, the code and resolve any doubts that may have been left
In addition to this, every Friday is the Sprint Challenge which is basically a final exam/test of the week where you have 3 hours to carry out a project without anyone’s help.
During Lambda School you learn HTML, CSS, Javascript, React, Redux, Node js, SQL, Express, Python, Algorithms, Graphs, and data structure. There are also online and face-to-face meetups, after-hours with presentations of new technologies or experts from the sector, and presentations from companies such as Uber or JP Morgan. It is a lot of material and a lot of work that you will have, but if you have the time and want to learn it is one of the best ways to move fast in your career and start in the tech world.
From the beginning, I was very skeptical about doing a bootcamp. I did not know if it would be worth it, I would learn everything necessary, or I would get a job later. Now that I am doing Lambda School and after having spoken with people from other bootcamps, I can say that if you are willing to learn and you are going to devote 110% of your time, then it is worth it. A bootcamp will help you learn what is necessary and have a curriculum done (without having to worry about what you should learn). You will also have 100% dedicated teachers to help you, and a group of professionals focused on your success. For example, at Lambda School if you do not get a job they lose money. Also, during a bootcamp you will carry out many projects that will help you create your own portfolio to show to companies and people.