A compelling argument on the importance of coding from our very first guest writer – Florida State University graduate, English scholar and passionate writer (with a love of poetry), Katherine Lutz.
Every year, we try to better ourselves with resolutions, fresh ideas and new adventures that will better the chances of our current year being our best one yet.
Although you probably already have a range of ideas for ways that you can do this (drinking more water, going to the gym, learning a new language, etc), there is always room to continue looking for new possibilities.
In 2019, one of those possibilities you should absolutely be considering would be learning how to code. It has become an increasingly more desirable skill and is sure to better many areas of your life greatly.
There are many reasons that learning to code will benefit your life, but here are a few major reasons to not delay.
IT SETS YOU APART
When potential employers and colleagues notice that you include coding as a skill you possess, it really puts you above your peers as an asset.
We are right at the point where coding is accessible and becoming increasingly more common as a skill, but is also still something that not everyone can do, making it heavily desirable in today’s market.
If you are wondering how an increasingly popular skill will set you apart, rest assured that coding is still an interesting skill that will definitely stick out on your CV more than degrees and work experience that most other applicants will also have.
And, of course, it makes for a great talking point in both interviews and personal conversations.
FROM HELPFUL TO NECESSARY
While coding used to be a rare and elite skill that could be useful to select companies and industries, it has now become a much needed skill across the board.
Aside from the tech industry, coding is found to be necessary in all sorts of fields, including education, law, business, farming, medicine and more.
Coding is often considered to be the newest liberal art, seeing as the liberal arts field was traditionally intended to prepare people for civic life and to understand the world around them. With how technology has ingrained itself in modern society, the label surely fits.
Aside from the ever-present need for coders and computer science engineers across industries, it is also important to note that if you don’t want this as a career path, coding still strengthens a number of other useful skills as well.
Just by its nature, coding promotes things like creativity, problem-solving, discipline, communication and more. These are skills that can be used in any setting, professional or personal.
LEARNING IS EASIER THAN EVER
It seems like there’s an app for everything now, including pretty much any subject area you may want to try out or master.
Just like there are programs for language learning, apps for strengthening your vocabulary and so many other educational resources available at your fingertips, there are plenty of resources for learning to code, making it easier than ever to find a method that works perfectly for you.
The best part of this is that it means you can learn at your own schedule. Many skills or fields are taught through courses with a fairly rigid schedule that not everyone has the flexibility to handle.
Ease of access to coding is one of the things that makes it so essential. You no longer need to receive a college degree and put yourself through rigorous coursework to pick up the skill. Just search through the countless resources available for all age groups to find out which works best for you.
Ultimately, there are countless ways we could all better ourselves this year, but learning to code just may be one of the most fun and useful ways to do so.
Coding is a surefire way to set you apart both in your personal life and your office, a growing necessity in today’s society and, best of all, easier than ever to learn.