Coding, it seems, is now a political issue. The government is backing a new campaign to promote programming in schools, with admittedly mixed results. Yet the great thing about coding is that it’s never too late to start – anyone can learn to code and teach themselves if they are willing to put in the time and hard work.
There’s no short of demand either. Each website you browse, as well as each application you play with on your phone, has been coded a team of developers, or one at least one incredibly diligent individual, like our professional web development services. To top it all off, it is also an industry that was in the top 10 of best-paid jobs in 2013 in the UK according to the Guardian, so not only is it one that is going to be around for a while, it is also one you can make a good living from.
Take a seat. Get comfortable. You are going to be here for a while.
Fortunately for those of us interested in the ever growing IT world, we know that the technology used on a daily basis by users the world over is not going anywhere in a hurry. At least for the next 50 years, we will need websites to browse, smartphones will need apps built that will tell us where we should be having dinner in our favourite neighbourhoods, and televisions are getting in on the act with regards to allowing us to surf the internet and send emails from the comfort of our couches.
Now why should this be relevant to you? Well, with the knowledge that there will be work for at least half a century, it just makes sense to get involved in an industry that is booming and will surely be around, and with today’s technology at our fingertips, it has never been easier to get involved today.
Idle hands are the devils playground.
Even if you have a full-time job, it is always a bonus to keep yourself busy after hours learning a new skill rather than wasting your time in front of the television or playing Angry Birds on your phone for hours on end. With universities like Harvard offering a free introductory course into Computer Science, getting started in the world of programming has never been simpler.
Future employees who look at your CV and see that you were self-driven enough to get an online course under your belt in your spare time, will most likely see you as a highly valuable addition to their team. Programming also helps people to not only apply logic to what they are doing on a daily basis, but will offer you the ability to think out of the box, and basically create something that millions may see and use on a daily basis, all with a few lines of code.
Teach a man to fish.
Now many people will be perplexed and unsure about how to even think about getting into the world of programming. Well, you are already ahead of the curve if you are reading this online behind your Mac or PC, as it means you have an internet connection and already have a world of knowledge at your fingertips. Finding the relevant information and programs you would use to develop in a relevant language are only a Google search away.
Just remember, if you are playing in the online space, protect yourself from viruses, you will thank me in the long run, especially when you are looking for help with an obscure problem on a website that is ridden with malware. Once you get started, even if you end up going to a university or by teaching yourself, the work will be hard and tiring, but the rewards will be immense if you persevere.
Many have quit their full-time jobs and are working for themselves from the comfort of their own home, developing applications for the Apple and Google Play stores, making money off of in-app purchases and application sales for a great idea they may have had, which they developed in their spare time. Other companies are willing to pay thousands for a resource they may not have internally, and one that is scarce in a massively expanding technological world.
So instead of asking yourself “Why should I learn to code in 2014?” you should be asking yourself “Why have I not started yet?”