It’s that time of year again, where you reflect on everything you accomplished (maybe) and look ahead to what’s next (definitely). Fortunately for you, we’ve got just the New Year’s resolution for you. And if you couldn’t guess it by the headline of this post, well, it’s that you should learn to code. And this is the place to start.
Flatiron School is participating in the Hour of Code, which raises awareness of the power of code through one-hour activities, and we think — no, we know— that it’s a great way to begin your coding education.
Learning code unlocks job opportunities today, tomorrow, the day after that, and for years to come. Software developer jobs are projected to increase by 24% between 2016 and 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Want further proof? Search Glassdoor or any other job board for software engineer or developer openings.
Here’s some advice from Karlie Kloss, founder of Kode with Klossy. She recommends learning code so you can understand the language that’s being used to create the technology that’s impacting your life on a daily basis. Those apps and websites you visit every day didn’t create themselves.
Learning any language instantly connects you to its culture and all the beauty within. You’ll have that same experience when learning code. It’s a special moment when, after working so hard, everything clicks and you understand how and why things are happening. That understanding is your first step toward change.
Coders love working together and have created some of the most vibrant virtual and in-person communities across the globe. Whether it’s on Slack, at weekly or monthly Meetups, or on Github, coders are constantly talking to—and supporting—each other.
Learning to code means challenging yourself. You’ll struggle, have breakthroughs, and will come out of it as a better person. You’ll gain a new way of thinking through problems and maybe even see the world a bit differently.
Java, Ruby, Python, HTML, and so many others are more than just programming languages. They are powering the largest companies in the world and can also help you on a daily basis.
No, setting up their printer doesn’t make you the family tech wiz (OK, maybe it does). But, learning code—and explaining what you’ve learned in a technical and detailed way—is being a true wiz.
Learning code gives you the power to change the digital world. If you’re unhappy with how conversations are happening on social media, or want your community to be better represented, you can create your own space with code.
You’ll add your own experience, background, and ideas to the tech landscape by learning code. That’s incredibly important and helps create technology that better represents everyone.
No, ping pong tables and beer on tap isn’t the mark of a good company or even a cool one. But many startups boast highly sought perks like unlimited paid time off, great benefits, and decent food.
Learn code that could help land a human on Mars or the moon. NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, and Blue Origin are just a handful of aerospace companies that need software engineers and tech talent.
Learning code leads to new ideas and places. Considering the growth of tech jobs, you could argue it’s the best step toward career happiness.
You can be someone else’s inspiration to code. And how cool is that? For various reasons, a lot of people are intimidated by the prospect of learning code. You can change that and show them that anyone, anywhere, can learn how to code.
Though we suggest starting with the basics. Like, the basic basics. But, learning to code and getting a full grasp of how everything works together helps you convey those basics. You’ll be able to talk about front-end web development, back-end development, Amazon’s recommendation algorithm, and how Netflix knows what movies you like.
And we’re not just saying that. So many of our students mention how they went into class to improve their career and ended up surprised at how much they enjoyed the broad experience of learning code. Win/win.
Instead of waiting for someone else to fix a problem, you’ll be able to solve it yourself. Whether it’s a problem with your website or something you’ve noticed at work, you can create a solution with code.
Just think of all the new terminology you’ll learn. Talk about algorithms, beta tests, agile development, or bugs and your friends will walk away impressed and slightly confused. First impressing your parents and now your friends. Well, look at you.
At Flatiron School, we always encourage people to be lifelong learners. So why not learn something that impacts the world every single day. There’s nothing stopping you from learning code. Even with all of these completely valid reasons, perhaps the best reason to learn how to code is for yourself. There may be some material benefit for you, but there’s nothing more satisfying than challenging yourself and learning something new about yourself in the process.
If you want to learn more about coding, we’re here to help! Our alumni have incredible stories about their individual journeys and how code has changed their life. If you want to jump right in, we recommend our free Coding Bootcamp Prep and Data Science Bootcamp Prep courses that’ll train you to solve actual problems using real-world tools.