Should You Learn How to Code?
You’ve built amazing websites, saved tons of money on your monthly utility bills and built incredible professional portfolios of all the great work you’ve done. It all looks great on paper. But now you’re interested in creating your own websites or designing a custom mobile app, after realising just how much money is generated by all the new casino sites that come online…
You have a fair understanding of the technology required to build something like that and you think it would be a cool adventure to learn a new skill.
But you might be at a total loss. The thought of taking the time to master another language, learn about web frameworks, and start to get your hands dirty just doesn’t sound that exciting.
So where should you go from here? Should you learn how to code?
After this many years, I’ve come to a conclusion about this topic.
Yes, you should learn how to code.
How will you be able to get jobs or experience outside of your traditional fields if you’re not technically savvy?
Here are 2 reasons you should learn how to code:
1. Learning How to Code Is Expected of You
If you want to get hired, you need to learn how to code. That’s just the way it is.
Why do you think software developers, designers, or consultants are typically paid big bucks?
Every time you build a website or create an app, you’re introducing a small piece of software. Your work is helping other people communicate with each other.
Companies need people who understand the latest technologies, can write code and can learn how to build other pieces of software.
Take this example of Swift, Apple’s programming language for the iOS and macOS platform.
It’s a high-level language that makes it really easy to create apps for a wide variety of operating systems.
So if you learn to code, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be expected to be proficient in some type of programming language.
Because that’s the kind of knowledge and experience you’ll bring to the table.
So, owing to your experience, maybe you don’t have to start from scratch and learn Char array to String conversion in Java (or maybe you do, and that’s fine too!), you might still have to put in considerable effort and dedicate yourself to mastering the language, no matter which one you choose.
Plus, when you’re working in a software company, you’ll be able to work with other developers. That’s where your coding experience will pay off.
Hiring managers will look at your coding skills and consider your skills and experience. They’ll ask you questions about your experience and you’ll be able to elaborate with more details about what you did with your projects.
If you don’t have a good understanding of how programming languages work, that could be a major issue.
2. You’ll Always Need Better Technical Skills
So you might have the best design and software experience in the world.
You can tell the difference between a professional-looking design and an amateur-looking design.
And you can spot a bug in code that would prevent a website from running properly.
But if you want to land a job in the tech industry, you’ll need to get your hands dirty.
You’ll be expected to build things. That’s just the way it is.
If you want to build something, it might be best if you have a basic understanding of technology.