21 Nov 2016
Let’s talk about learning skills and in particular ICT and coding courses.
Not to sound like a broken record, but the world of work is changing. The roles, skills, and industries of old are redefined by new expectations and a fresh wave of transferable expertise – and of all these, coding is the king.
While the stock standard computing skills remain – word processing, email, spreadsheeting, databases etc – coding and in-depth tech literacy have filtered through to become intertwined with, and becoming almost superior to, these classic workplace norms.
Why ICT and Coding Courses?
This in some respects goes beyond the scope of being a job ready standard. Coding is a must-have global language, up there with English, Spanish and Chinese.
Former ‘Googler’ and all-round champion for the coding cause, Pamela Fox says, “it’s the belief of many and myself that computing needs to be a part of general literacy, even for those that don’t go on to have ‘software engineer’ as their job title.
“I know of a firefighter who programmed an Android app to help his team fight fires faster, and of a psychologist, that’s using programming to study how little kids learn about the world.”
Some experts go so far as to highlight the broader impact of learning code, saying that it vastly increases analytical thinking, problem-solving, practical creativity, and forward planning. It is on this basis alone that there is a considerable push for kids the world over to learn code as early as possible.
But what about you, someone who is starting or already in a career?
Whether you are studying music business, visual arts, community services, accounting or education, it will make a considerable difference to have this skill on hand from the moment you start your career. As raised by Pamela before – with enough imagination and drive, code can be your way of changing your career path and even your industry. Effectively, you can be a game changer from the very start.
As stated by legendary game-changer Richard Branson, “Whether we’re fighting climate change or going to space, everything is moved forward by computers, and we don’t have enough people who can code. Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities.”
First thing’s first – career change is possible, regardless of your current role or industry sector. Don’t fear change, embrace it!
With that out of the way, let us look at the facts – according to Glassdoor eight of the top 25 jobs in the past year have been tech based, with the spread across a surprising number of industries. Further from this, in 2015 alone, globally the number of job openings asking for coding skills was in the millions. In short, if you want to shift roles or industries, this is the most viable starting point.
And if you are worried that it will take forever to master – understand that there are no true masters. As highlighted by TechCrunch, with the constant change in code, there is no way to truly ‘master’, making perpetual students out of long time coders. This means it’s not necessarily the easiest skillset to gain, but this does not change its long-term worth to your current career path and future change you may want.
What Can I Learn in Coding Courses?
Getting into a touch of semantics – code is a broad term, with a multitude of specific languages underneath, which for you could be classed as ‘dialects’. Code Mentor, a leading online source of basic coding training, recommends that beginners in this space look into dialects/languages such as:
What Are The Other Tech Skills I Should Learn?
Rewinding back to the beginning, remember how we said coding AND in-depth tech literacy are things to learn for your career? It’s time to look at those other elements of tech literacy. According to the likes of Computer World, it is important to learn:
Data and Analytics – data is driving business in more ways than one, influencing all elements of marketing, planning, budgeting and more. It is important that you learn how to obtain, understand and utilise this data, whatever industry you are looking to enter into.
Web Development – an extension of coding and a big part of modern business, it can often be handy to have a solid grasp of developing a website in both the front and back end.
Graphic Design – whether you are in administration, marketing or you’re a sole trader, having a basic understanding of modern design software will aid you in diversifying your skill sets and selling your wares to the world.
We will admit that is not the be-and-end-all. There are a wealth of transferable skills out there that we have outlined in the past that are just as important to your future; the difference here is that coding and broader tech-based learning, while at times overlooked in industry specific training, are becoming increasingly important in the world of work.
We want you to be relevant at all times, to thrive, to make great happen and own the future. With these insights we hope you can do more than stay afloat as the tech wave hits – this is your chance to ride it like a pro.
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