Why learn how to code? My top 5 reasons


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Perhaps you are looking to work in tech or looking to change up your career. Have you thought about coding?

Code is everywhere. It’s no secret that we live in a technology-focused world, with new technologies being developed every day. We are constantly on our phones, talking to AI bots, checking our location tracking apps for the weather, traffic, and more, which means there are plenty of exciting areas of programming to learn about and become a part of.

So, why should you learn how to code? I’m not a coder myself, but I’ve been working with developers and coders for nearly 10 years, placing them in exciting and forward-thinking companies across UK and Europe. So, if I were to offer my two cents on why you should learn how to code, I’d say there are a couple of great reasons.

why learn how to code top 5 tips

Vast Opportunity

There are tonnes of opportunities out there for job roles that pay VERY well - particularly software development.

Coding is a fundamental skill for software development and with technologies that are constantly evolving and growing, this has led to a shortage of software developers worldwide.

By learning how to code you will be able to prove to employers that you have a clear software aptitude as well as the ability to process information and analyse data.

Gain new skills

Aside from the obvious technical skills, you will be learning, coding can also improve your problem-solving and logical skills, working that left side of your brain.

Whether you want to learn how to code to either to build software, apps, or websites, understanding the fundamentals of programming will also teach you computational thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied anywhere.

It also improves your interpersonal and non-technical skills. We’ve got a list of the top non-technical skills you’ll need to have for a successful coding career here

The community

I can tell you first-hand after visiting many coding and developer events over the years, there is a big community out there in the coding world. Full of people who are constantly learning (just like you will be) and people who are generous with their knowledge and time. If you ever get stuck there will always be answers, with plenty of free resources online.

Anyone can do it.

Yep, that’s right, you don’t need to pay thousands in Uni fees or an existing degree, and it doesn’t take years to achieve. It can be done online and from anywhere working around your other commitments. Flexible learning is another plus to learning how to code, you can learn in your own time and at your own pace.

Never stop learning

When it comes to learning how to code, there are so many options for learning and once you’ve got one or two programming languages nailed, there’s no stopping you from learning others. Here are the top 10 places you can learn online.

Where to start?

Now you know you want to learn how to code – you’re probably wondering where to start? We’ve got that covered in our blog - 'how to choose a programming language' where we cover each programming language, its uses, and what you could earn. Check it out here.

Any other questions about development and coding careers get in touch with me at rick@eligo.co.uk, you can also check out our technology jobs here for the types of development roles we usually recruit for.