The world of coding isn’t limited to developers and engineers anymore and if you haven’t tackled this necessary skill, you need to! Whether you hop over to your local coding school or teach yourself online, here are five reasons you should know how to code:
A New Way to Think and Analyze Things
Learning to code is like learning a new language- one where detail and planning are the most important skills. When you consider that one small typo can alter the function of an entire code and render it completely useless, it’s no wonder that your attention to detail would become impeccable once you’ve mastered coding. When every character typed has a purpose, your train of thought becomes very strategic and concise. These changes to the way you think will impact every aspect of everything you do.
Improved Communication and Collaboration
When everything in our world, from the newest app to the laces we tie our shoes with, has been impacted by a code at some point, it seems unrealistic to think you will never have to work with someone who uses code. Even if that’s not your job function, understanding what is required to produce the end product will allow you to better communicate and collaborate as a team.
The Ability to Build Something From Nothing
The old saying goes, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” When it comes to realizing a creative vision, this can be very true! You may be able to realize a version of the project you had in mind when collaborating with a developer, but imagine the creative freedom you can harness when you know how to build the idea you envision in your thoughts and dreams from scratch.
Every technical team has it’s priorities and what’s a high priority request to you is not always such a high priority for the larger team. Instead of patiently waiting at the mercy of your technical team, wouldn’t it be great to be able to rely on your own skills to accomplish the task? Have a great idea for your website but dread paying the money to outsource it to a developer? Have you ever said “There should be an app for that.”? Why not make one! Coding opens up a whole new realm of things you can do for yourself.
In a study by The Oxford Martin Institute, 47% of jobs which exist today are considered to be at a “high risk” of being replaced by machines in less than ten years. 47%! But guess what those machines need to be able to do those jobs? That’s right- CODE! Who better to create the code to do the job than the expert already doing it?
So how long will it take you to tackle learning this skill? According to San Antonio Coding Academy, you can make the journey from “complete beginner to job ready as a full stack developer in 9 months.” Of course, at the end of the day, that timeline is up to you and how much you want to learn at what pace.