Coding is how most people get into the tech industry lately. It’s not the only way but it’s the common way. I graduated with my degree and a lot of what I took out of the degree was coding.
Learning to code had a huge impact in my career prospects – it opened doors such as cyber security roles, analysis roles and developer roles. Since coding enhances your problem-solving skills, some companies tend to think that if you can code in one language properly then you can learn easily to code in others especially when starting out. Coding has the effect of teaching you how to think in a different way and companies tend to look for that. Luckily there are tons of ways to learn and get certificates that you can put on your CV/Resume when starting out.
Udemy is a popular one – it is a marketplace for learning in general but also online learning to code and it was started in 2012 . It has over 65000 course and about 15 million students with 15000 instructors in general. Whether it is trying to get a job in tech (which will be covered in the future) or changing careers – it is a one stop shop for 10 million students who are trying to learn something. You get job ready by building projects and portfolios that you can share with others or use as reference for the future.
Coursera is the one I am currently using to learn about business analysis and figuring out what I want to do in the tech industry. Being passionate about solving African issues and trying to navigate the technology industry means consistently learning different opportunities within the tech industry so as to eliminate what I dislike. They have over 1200 courses and roughly 200 partners including top universities such as IBM, Duke, Google and many more.
Free Code Camp is a favorite of mine because I used it to learn certain coding principles that I could not learn in varsity. You get to learn at your own pace which is great for someone already working or studying. You learn about the latest technologies and get a certificate for free. This does set you apart from other candidates when applying for roles. Whether it is frontend or backend – they have you covered. They have an online community of learners and learners who want to help others learn.
There are so many more places and benefits (which I will try to continue sharing) to learn to code. Some are quite expensive but that is normally for getting a certificate. Coding never has to break bank and it is an easy-ish way to get into the tech space. Learning new skills, languages, frameworks, design patterns and technologies has never been easier and more accessible. Try one of the free ones to see if it is for you and who knows – you could be in the space soon!