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CodeOp

About

CodeOp is a women-led coding school that supports the advancement of women, trans, and gender nonconforming individuals in tech. With campuses in Barcelona and Kuala Lumpur, we offer bootcamp-style courses in Full Stack Development and Big Data Engineering
CodeOp equips its students to become adaptive problem-solvers, ready to meet the challenges of an ever-shifting technical landscape. Via rigorous training in leading technologies, CodeOp students learn the foundations of computer science and iterative approaches to team-based coding.

Website
codeop.tech
Founded
2018

Reviews

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Felicia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CodeOp is so much more than a school. It is an inclusive and diverse multicultural community of professional and dedicated people who root for each other and watch each other grow. The CodeOp team is always there to support you and encourage you if the "imposter syndrome" takes over. I started my educational journey through tech right after the pandemic began. The Bootcamp made the quarantine so much more engaging and kept me motivated. If you start with zero coding experience like I did, you might feel a bit lost at first, but everything starts making sense in the project phase when building web applications. Moreover, CodeOp offers comprehensive career guidance vis-à-vis the tech industry's hiring process, which helps to understand better what the job market looks like and what to expect in your technical interview. If you want to pursue fulfilling careers in tech, I highly recommend CodeOp.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Once you start building web applications, it is amazing to see what you can achieve by applying concepts you have learned, and it starts making more sense. Therefore, it is essential to be patient with yourself during the learning process.
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Anita Noemi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I’ve studied full stack development at CodeOp. The course was very practical, after the first 5 weeks of theory, we had 5 weeks of projects, where except of the daily whiteboarding and 1:1 meeting with the instructor, we also had some flash lectures. There was a technical support channel on Slack to ask for further help with the projects, if needed. The last week was a career week with presentations on how to get in to the tech industry and practising for technical interviews.

The instructors are really great, with a lot of patience and focus on teaching problem solving. I am happy that I took the course with CodeOp. Except of the high-quality course, it feels like belonging to a community and they provide all the support during and after the course.

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Olga
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was always skeptical about bootcamps. The huge turn-off for me moreover, was online course.
Aside that, I have years of working experience in IT industry and knew that organising work from home is not so easy, specially when the team is not matured enough but I have to say, CodeOp proved me absolutely wrong.
I was impressed how fast the teachers could organize remote classes and how efficient they were.
It was an amazing experience. Although difficult sometimes (really difficult) but it changed my life.
Pros:
1) Teachers: teachers are very good and even the ones that are trainees/assistants. They give vivid explanations and are able to understand the mind of the student (hello Emefa!)
2) Schedule and class structure: I liked that we had schedule for lectures and exercises and could plan our day accordingly
3) Curriculum: logical daily challenges, data structures and algorithms, Vue… Easy stuff you learn in the pre-course, hard stuff you learn in class.
4) Support chat: if you are stuck on something you can get help here, even after the class, even on weekend, sometimes even at night! But of course it depends on people availability.
5) Career week: Real HRs come to help to write your CV, prepare for the interview and answer your questions. Imagine my surprise when I realised that with one of the HRs training us I had an interview 2 years ago! Plus career coaching, mocked interviews and presentations from different people (we had a very interesting presentation from Head of IT in Siemens Energy!)
6) During the projects phase you have an option to attend lectures of other groups on different topics if you wish
7) Location and office (if you go for offline bootcamp when we are out of quarantine)
Cons:
1) I wish flesh lectures schedule was pre-planned or we had a list of the available ones (although they list of the lectures is growing all the time)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You need a lot of motivation and zero distractions. It's not a coding school, it's a BOOTCAMP, you get there and you run till you fall, then you get up and run again. You get to rest only at night, but even in sleep you are resolving your coding challenges.
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Erica
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was attracted to the course as it was the only Bootcamp aimed for only women that I had found. Having had a difficult time in the tech world in the past, I felt I needed the extra nurturing and support of an all female learning environment. The course itself was well designed and put together, giving us a strong grounding in Javascript fundamentals and taking us through quite a fair bit of algorithms and data structures that you might find ona University CS programme. However, this was much more practical, with all tuition centered around the latest tech stack that the majority of companies are adopting: namely node.js, express, React and MySQL. On top of that, there was the opportunity to learn additional trending technologies that was more tailored to our projects and the needs of the group. Most valuable of all however, we were given incredible jobseeking support, with lots of lectures and presentations by recruiters, and people in industry who have already ventured far into the world of tech. Also the means of communication and structuring of the day gave us a good insight into working in a tech company, as we got used to Agile methodologies, daily stand-ups and weekly review meetings to feed back on how things were going with us. The pace of the course is nevertheless intense, and it is strongly advised to carry out all the pre-course work and to study as much as possible prior to starting the course. Emefa, our course leader was incredibly kind, patient and organized and the whole team was supportive, caring and eager to help us especially as we worked through the pandemic lockdown and were doing the course 100% online for the first time. Despite all of these issues, everyone was incredibly positive and business as usual and I didn't feel as if the course suffered for being online. Katrina, the CEO, is an amazing person, who was seriously encouraging and engaged, her passion and positivity is infectious and she is incredibly supportive of all her students. I would recommend the course to anyone. I didn't want it to end and would love to go back and do the data science one someday.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have done more pre-coursework to prepare before starting.
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Alba
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Super contenta amb l'experiència a CodeOp, és un curs intens, d'11 setmanes, però molt, molt recomanable. Val la pena fer la pre-work que t'envien abans de començar el curs, això et permetrà no anar tant perduda quan comencis el curs. El programa és molt complet, intens, ràpid, molt ràpid, però val molt la pena, aprens moltíssim!
La xarxa de suport tècnic durant tot el curs és espectacular, en tot moment et pots posar en contacte amb companyes i professors/es per tal de resoldre dubtes.
Si tens ganes d'aprendre i de treballar fort per fer un canvi a la teva vida, no ho dubtis! :)

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Super contenta con la experiencia en CodeOp, es un curso intenso, de 11 semanas, pero muy, muy recomendable. Vale la pena hacer la pre-work que te envían antes de empezar el curso, esto te permitirá no ir tan perdida cuando empieces el curso. El programa es muy completo, intenso, rápido, muy rápido, pero vale mucho la pena, aprendes muchísimo!
La red de soporte técnico durante todo el curso es espectacular, en todo momento puedes contactar con compañeras y profesores / as para resolver dudas.
Si tienes ganas de aprender y de trabajar fuerte para conseguir un cambio en tu vida, no lo dudes! :)

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Gianluca Amori

Job Title
Big Data Engineering Instructor
Gianluca is a Big Data Engineer at Letgo. Originally from Rome, he previously worked on software and Big Data projects for companies such as IBM, Zalando and Trovit across Italy, Ireland and Spain. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory comes from a holiday in Canada a couple of years ago. We were traveling across Ontario, soaking in the beauty of the Canadian wilderness. On a very hot summer day, we stumbled upon Mazinaw Lake, in Bon Echo Park. On a whim, we decided to rent a kayak and explore the lake, trying to spot the pictographs on the rock that overlooks the lake. We didn't have any experience and we spent half the time laughing trying to guide the kayak in the correct direction. It was just that - an afternoon laughing in the middle of a lake on a sunny Canadian day. It's a memory that makes me smile every time.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have been working a software/big data engineer for years, and I can say I faced many professional challenges along the way. However, becoming a professor at CodeOp was one of the most challenging experiences of all: it forced me to go deeper into my understanding of my work, allowing me to appreciate it from a different perspective.

Moreover, I think sharing knowledge while teaching is really enriching - having the chance.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of our first students struggled quite a lot during the program. The pressure of a bootcamp was pushing out some unsolved personal issues that were not easy to handle. The reason why hers is my favorite story is that she was able to understand she needed to go back home and take care of herself for a while - all this while receiving job offers who seemed too good to let go. It was a decision that required a lot of strength, but that was rewarded: after a few months, she received an incredible job offer - she nailed the interview and secured her position.

I deeply admire her ability to prioritizes her wellbeing in a stressful situation.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I think if I could go on any CodeOp program, I would have to chose the Full Stack Development one. I have worked for some years as a back-end developer and I never had the opportunity to focus on the front-end side. I think it would be a good opportunity for me to have a more complete understanding of web development.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I think going through an intensive bootcamp is an experience that changes people - not only do they learn new skills, but they have to learn how to cope with a high-pressure environment where accepting frustration is part of the learning process. I believe CodeOp is unique in the way we approach this situation - we support our students during their ups and downs and we do our best to "normalize" their feelings. We surround them with tech professionals who have struggled and succeeded the same way our students will, and we show them that indeed there's light at the end of the tunnel - a community of people who are ready to welcome them into the tech world.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think to be a successful company you need to answer to a concrete and specific need - this is what CodeOp is doing.

In recent years it seems like everybody is talking about having more diversity in the tech world - how women and TGNC people could really make a difference. However, talking about it doesn't solve the issue - at CodeOp, we're actively doing something to make the tech world more diverse, and it makes me very proud to be a part of this enterprise.