Why You Should Learn How to Code, Regardless of Your Career

08 Jun 2015
by Sara Kramer
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In case you haven’t noticed, computers run our world today. Every man, woman, and child in America knows how to use a computer, and probably a tablet or phone of some sort as well. Computers are central to almost every business, every social interaction we have now, and a ton of tasks we perform in our daily lives. Computers are important, and if you’re not convinced of that already, I don’t think we can help you. 🙂

Regardless, we are to convince you that you should learn how computers work behind the scenes, and how its possible for people to create computer software, apps, and websites. Or, in other words, coding. Learning how to code is going to benefit you in a ton ways. That’s the good news, too: you don’t even need to be a computer science major or want to be a software engineer to reap the benefits of this skill. Whether you’re going into marketing, the medical field, or agriculture, knowing how to code can do nothing but help you.

 It will benefit your career

As previously mentioned and terribly obvious, computers are running every kind of business you can think of these days, and everything’s a business. If you’re running the social media for a company, doing accounting on Quickbooks, or just learning how to enter things into your company’s CRM, being able to program a basic webpage is going to help you. Not only will you understand computers better, but if there’s any problems, you’ll be able to quickly and efficiently fix them yourself. It’s like knowing chemistry: while it doesn’t always affect your everyday life because things still operate the same on the surface, when you need to know how things work on a deeper level, you will. For reasons beyond trouble shooting and cool design, knowing to code makes you a valueable asset to any employer. It’s a skill that people only tend to have if they specialize in computer science or engineering, and thus having it even if you’re not in those fields makes you marketable as an employee. It fosters a deep understanding of the world we live in and how it operates. It can help you learn new software more quickly and keep you ahead of the technology curve. Just like those who have grown up with computers their whole lives can find things faster, use them to their fullest potential, and solve problems they encounter quicker than older generations who did not grow up with computers, knowing how to code can offer you plenty of these same advantages over those who cannot code. If you can learn to use a computer better and more efficiently, no matter what field you work in, you will advance in your career.

It will stretch your thinking

Like with math, not a lot of people see the value in learning algorithms and formulas. And yes, this is going to help you in your career for the reasons listed above, but, in addition to that, knowing how to program will teach you logic and problem solving skills that can translate over to other areas of life. Math, for example, is not about having the quadratic formula memorized whenever you’re asked, but rather, it’s about knowing how to take pieces of information you have, put them where they’re supposed to go, and solve a problem. Coding works in a very similar way, it teaches you how to think about the world. It’s a way of solving problems and using logic. It gives you the skills to work things out for yourself.

“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”-Bill Gates

Programming also gives you a better idea of what you’re being sold when buying electronics and technology products. Coding fosters creativity in thinking and daily tasks. It’s an incredible way to stretch your mind and explore what it’s capable of. The world is beginning to think it’s so important that code.org is starting a petition to have it included in school circulums around the United States. Other countries like Australia and the UK are also debating this issue, and plently of celebrities and politicans have come out in support of adding computer programing as a subject right along side math, chemistry, and reading. The world is beginning to see the importance of learning this skill as a core and fundamental principle to thinking, and thus, like young elementary school children of the future, you will, too benefit from the learning that coding will bring to your life.

You’ll make the world a better place

Put aside the purely selfish reasons, more people like yourself learning how to code is going to benefit the world in a variety of ways as well. Like I said, you will no longer be a blind consumer of technology and this will in turn keep big tech companies like Google and Facebook from having control over society. It will force innovation and creativity in the free market in order to impress customers who now know exactly what’s good technology and what isn’t. You could easily build the world’s next useful computer program or software, or understand how to put an idea you have to help the world into place on a computer. Learning to code creates an educated country that understands what shapes the world the world around them. It helps keep power out of the hands of the few. It allows for broader conversation between departments within businesses and between businesses, as well as communication between businesses and consumers. It streamlines processes and makes the world more efficient. Learning to code not only helps you, but the world around you.

 How to learn in your free time

Now, hopefully we’ve done a good enough job convincing you that you do, in fact, need to know how to code in order to advance your career, the world, and your thinking. There are a ton of quick and easy ways to learn how to code in your free time, so whether you’re a student or already in the work world, there are no excuses! Check out these top sites for learning how to code on your own:

 

  1. Codecademy. This is one of the more popular coding academies. It’s easy to use and you can learn tons of languages and skills to learn including web fundamentals, PHP, Javascript, and even APIs. This site also allows you to get your hands dirty and learn by doing.
  2. Code Avengers. The is one of the more fun ways to learn how to code. It is deisnged to keep you entertained the entire time, so you hardly feel like you’re learning. It offers HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript for now.
  3. Code School. Not for the faint of heart, Code School kicks things up a notch. There are 4 main categories you can learn here including: Ruby, Javascript, HTML/CSS and iOS. This one should be saved for if you’ve mastered the basics but are looking for more.
  4. Treehouse. This one lets you build projects rather than just aimlessly learning skills. It’s designed for a person with more of a purpose in mind.

 

Now, go forth, and make the world a better place, and yourself a better person…

Happy coding!!

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