Coding to get a better job is not really a new thing. And, with the way technology is influencing every industry, now is a better time than ever to learn how to code.
But, every great venture requires a skill set. With so many different options out there, we’d like to give you some pointers on how to improve your prospects by learning, and working, in the coding industry.
Know Which Programming Languages Matter
There are hundreds of programming languages out there; it would be overwhelming and unnecessary to learn all of them. As a developer, especially one looking to get a foot in the door, it is really important to pay attention to which coding languages are being used the most. Since the tech industry is ever changing, keeping aware of what is being used in the industry will be key.
In our latest blog post, we highlighted five of the most relevant coding languages as of 2018. They are,
C# allows developers to define what kinds of operations can be applied to the data structure, making it a useful addition to a well-rounded developer’s toolbox.
This language is great for new developers as it is easier to learn than others, and is in high demand. It’s extremely versatile and is great tool for beginner developers.
Scala isn’t the easiest language to learn, but is in really high demand. It incorporates object-oriented and functional programming. Big companies such as LinkedIn and Guardian use it.
Created by none other than developers at Google, Golang is increasing in demand. Just like Scala, it’s not the easiest language to learn, but once you’ve learned the language, finding a job will be easy.
It’s worth taking a look around the web to learn other languages (ex. Swift, Java, CSS) that are needed in the industry. When considering your education, be sure that you will be learning programming languages that are in demand.
Learning Programming Languages
There are many avenues to learn the above mentioned programming languages. Depending on time, money, and how deep you’d like to dive into them, will help you decide which option is the best coding language to learn for you.
C.S. degrees are a great option for those who are willing to spend four years, and a large chunk of cash. It will cost you about $20,900 a year for a C.S. degree, depending on the university you choose. Many people become software engineers without a degree but with a C.S. degree, you will learn the theory and application of not only the languages mentioned above, but also many others.
There are a lot of online options to learn code such as codeacademy.com, or even youtube tutorials. There are free options, and there are paid options; it just depends on the type of commitment you’d like to make for your training. Self-taught training is best for those who are extremely self motivated, as it takes a great deal of time and practice to learn coding languages.
On average, coding bootcamps take about 14 weeks, and cost about $11,000 dollars. If you’re ready to learn how to code, and get into a career quickly, a coding bootcamp could be for you. They typically offer networking and job placement opportunities for alumni. It’s hard work, but will get you into a career quickly and effectively.
Prepare Portfolio and Resume
Your portfolio and resume are a very critical part of your job hunt. It’s technically the first impression you make to your potential employer. So, make sure you state your career objective clearly, and highlight which programming languages, education and projects you have under your belt. As you work on projects, through education or jobs, add them to your portfolio. Employers want to see that you are working on improving your craft always.
By knowing the high-demand programming languages, learning code, and strengthening your portfolio and resume, you are on the track to a better career trajectory.