Why learn to code?
For year’s coding has suffered from an identity problem: perceived as difficult, boring and well, just not very cool. Fast forward to today, and coders are the new rockstars of the professional world. As the world of tech has diversified from building word processors to building software for, say, autonomous drones to fly into disaster zones and deliver life-saving aid or e-commerce giants selling luxury fashion – software developers are central to the continued technological transformation of the world as we once knew it.
Learning the basics of coding can be anything from acquiring the knowledge to help you manage your small business website to the foundations of your future career. Coding skills are among the highest in demand across hundreds of sectors and offer the quickest route into your industry of choice. Fancy a role in education? Committed to tackling climate change? Enamoured by space travel and satellites? From Nike to NASA – learning to code is your route to a career defined by innovation and problem-solving.
What jobs are available if I learn to code?
So you’re ready to learn… self-taught, university or a fast-track course?
Given there are numerous resources and courses available online, many people choose the self-taught route. Cost-effective and flexible, this is an excellent choice if you want to get the grip with the basics, and to explore your capacity to solve problems; a key skill necessary to excel as a developer. However, it does require commitment and motivation, especially if your end goal is to pursue a career in tech. For those who aren’t content with self-interest side projects, and want to secure their first job in technology – a more thorough course such as the 12-week training programme available at _nology is the best way to fast-track your career.