What life looks like 5+ years post bootcamp

Kevin Khoury

What life looks like 5+ years post bootcamp

In the rapidly evolving world of tech, the stories of career transformation are both inspiring and enlightening. Last week, I sat down with Guillaume Bibeau, a graduate from our bootcamp in 2017. This article delves into Gui's journey, highlighting his initial steps, the pivotal role of a coding bootcamp, and the lessons learned along the way.

PS → You can watch/listen to the full interview here.

The Catalyst for Change

As a McGill Math grad, Gui began his career in banking, a path dictated more by circumstance than passion. However, the itch for something more fulfilling, coupled with an interest in tech, led him to seek out new opportunities. His first significant step towards transformation was enrolling in a coding bootcamp. This decision marked the beginning of a new chapter, one filled with challenges, learning, and immense growth.

The Bootcamp Experience

The bootcamp was not just a learning experience for Gui; it was a gateway to a new life. Here, he acquired the skills essential for a tech career. More importantly, the bootcamp instilled in him the confidence to pursue greater opportunities. Gui's story underscores the value of such immersive educational experiences, which equip individuals with the tools needed to navigate the tech landscape.

Climbing the Latter

In tech, it’s common to move through companies every few years. It allows you to have large salary increases, learn new skills, grow your network, and never get bored. Gui leveraged this to the fullest. His first jobs post bootcamp were not the best, but enough to build his experience. After 2 years, he started working for big name tech companies like Shutterstock, Vercel, and ConsenSys. He’s also taken on freelance side projects, and built a course on Udacity.

Embracing the Nomadic Lifestyle

Post-bootcamp, Gui's career took several turns, from working in various tech roles to eventually selling all his possessions to travel the world. This shift to a nomadic lifestyle was driven by a desire for freedom and exploration, made possible by the remote work opportunities in the tech industry. Gui's journey illustrates the unparalleled flexibility that a career in tech can offer, allowing for a balance between work and travel.

Key Takeaways for Aspiring Tech Professionals

Gui's story is rich with insights for anyone looking to break into the tech industry or considering a significant career shift:

  1. The power of education: Comprehensive coding bootcamps can transform your career trajectory, providing the skills and confidence needed to succeed.
  2. Flexibility and opportunity: The tech industry offers a unique flexibility, allowing for remote work and, in Gui's case, the ability to live a nomadic lifestyle.
  3. The importance of continuous learning: Success in tech requires an ongoing commitment to learning and adapting to new technologies and methodologies.
  4. Soft skills matter: Beyond technical expertise, soft skills like communication, empathy, and collaboration are critical in tech roles.
  5. Be open to change: Embracing change and being open to new experiences can lead to unexpected and rewarding career paths.


Gui's transition from banking to a tech-oriented nomadic lifestyle is a testament to the transformative power of education and the vast opportunities within the tech industry. His story serves as an inspiration to those contemplating a career change or seeking a more fulfilling professional life. As we navigate the complexities of the modern work environment, let Gui's journey remind us of the possibilities that lie in learning, adapting, and embracing change.

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About the author

Hey, I'm Kevin 👋🏼

I appreciate you so much for being here! My name's Kevin and I'm the founder of Journey Education. Our company builds innovative educational products that helps people unlock their potential - much like this bootcamp that we built in partnership with Concordia 😍.

Ever since I landed my first job in tech in my early 20s, I fell in love with the industry. I love the vibrant yet relaxed workplace cultures, the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world, the people you get to meet and work with, the very fair wages, and the opportunity you're given to build digital products that can potentially be used my millions of people.

This project has been a huge passion of mine since we started in back in 2014. Our mission at the time, and in fact still is - to give people an accelerated path to a career in tech.

Concordia Bootcamps is built and run with people who share this same energy and passion as I do. I'm so excited to help you break into tech!