To code or not to code

The importance of learning to code

Should I learn to code? That is a question I have been asking myself for a while now. As an intern in the digital sector and a recent graduate who was job hunting,  I  witness first hand the demand increase for digitally skilled employees, who can create and implement technology.

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What can I do?

Learn to code or program, even at a basic level. It complements your skill set and makes you stand out among other candidates. Plus, it helps develop your logical thinking and basic understanding of computer science.

Governments have realized the importance of coding and, in recent years, added coding to the school curriculum. This effort provides students with the ability to understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of computer science. It better prepares students for the realities of the working world. However, for those of us who have not yet learned this skill, it is never too late. You can still develop these skills add them to your resume.

How can you seize this opportunity?

In order to remain competitive and capitalize on the need for coding, there are numerous websites that teach these skills in a user friendly way. My personal favourite is Codeacademy, it’s a platform that provides interactive courses on how to program in different programming languages, including Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript (jQuery, AngularJS) and Ruby, among others. You learn practical information that can directly be applied to the job market. Or you can take an intro to coding course at your local college or enroll in an online course.

Learning to code demonstrates to a potential employer that you are malleable,  can adapt to the job market and take initiative. Plus, it shows you have technical aptitude. You don’t need to become an expert developer or ‘tech guy’ but having a simple understanding of coding or HTML programming, can be helpful in many situations. Being proficient in code will undoubtedly prove to be a major attribute.

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This post was written by Matthew Goodlad, Intern at Red Executive.

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