CAREER DEVELOPMENT / MAR. 06, 2016
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How Learning to Code Will Help With Your Career Success

I’m sure you’ve watched enough TV shows and movies by now to know that coders are gradually becoming masters of the world. I mean is there anything cooler than being able to type nonsensical stuff that in fact makes sense to a computer? If you’ve ever seen a coder at work, then you’ve probably seen them furiously type a line on a black screen and then refreshing to the front end of the website they are working on – i.e. what us mere mortals see - to see the website looking brand new.

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As unbelievable as it is – because I truly believe that coding is an art form – you don’t need any sort of intangible talent to code. All you need is to be able to think cohesively and logically. And as the world is uploading itself on the internet, it’s not only programmers who need to be able to code, the rest of us will eventually need to learn how to code too.

But if you are interested in making the most of your career, then you should learn how to code now because it can do wonders for your career.

1. It Will Open Up New Prospects

I mean obviously it will - as it will make you eligible to work in jobs you wouldn’t have been able to do without coding skills - but did you know that it can also make you a more desirable candidate in general? Even jobs which traditionally did not require coding skills have begun appreciating the value of an individual who knows how to code.

Take marketing, for example, coding was never a required skill for marketers, but these days it can give you a leg up over any of the other candidates. The more the digital era is incorporating into marketing, the more it’s necessary for marketers to understand what is happening on a website’s back end. And this is why marketing candidates who can code will always be preferred over candidates who can’t code.

2. It Will Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

While coding might seem a bit nonsensical at the beginning, the reality is that it stops being nonsensical the moment you start to grasp what coding is. It’s simply a logical sequence of commands that you need to master which will help enhance your problem-solving skills.

Of course, don’t be fooled into thinking that coding is easy to learn, it does take effort and focus, and this is exactly why it will help you get your next job. Employers are well-aware that coding requires hard work, and by being able to code you will have proved to them from the get-go that you a valuable candidate.

3. It Can Help Your Start-Up Succeed

With the development of the internet, there are more budding entrepreneurs in the business world than there ever were before, and that’s because the internet can offer excellent prospects to individuals.

So, if you are planning on going down the entrepreneurial path, it’s essential that you learn how to code. Not only will it save you money by not having to hire other programmers you’ll also be able to control your business more effectively.

As an entrepreneur, you probably have a vision for your company, and you know the steps that need to be taken to achieve success. However, it’s not always easy to transmit that vision to someone else and a lot can be lost in translation. The website and the mobile app for your business are critical to your business’s success, and if you are not able to make them exactly the way you want them or understand certain limitations, it can be disastrous.

See Also: 7 Places Where Anyone Can Learn to Code

Learning how to code can be of use to you even if you are not interested in a programming career. It can give you a leg up over the competition, and it can help make you a better rounded professional, so take the time and effort to invest in learning to code in at least one language and you will never regret it.

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