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5 Reasons Why You Should Learn How to Code This Year

According to a study done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average middle-aged person has held 11 jobs in their lifetime. As a new technology landscape emerges - jobs are coming onto the market, demanding a new skill set and publishing great outcomes data. So how can you find a job - and then stay in it? Coding has been rated as the #1 job in America, and this is why.

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#1: CODING WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO THINK.

In today's fast-paced society, project management is a skill that everyone should have. Learning how to code gives you the framework you need to think logically and always troubleshoot. Your attention to detail will improve - after all, one small error in a code can cause the entire script to stop working.

"I wanted to focus on actually learning how to program and solving problems through code, instead of spending a lot of my time trying to figure out what and how and with whom to learn and do." - Beth Quiang, Fullstack Academy Alumni

In a technology bootcamp, instructors spend time working on theory and soft skills. They'll go beyond simply teaching you code. They'll teach you how to code using common frameworks and resources.

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#2: IT WILL IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS.

As a programmer, you'll work with a vast amount of other stakeholders - such as designers, managers, and engineers. If you're a front-end developer, you'll spend a lot of time working with back-end creators.

"Software development isn't always about being in love with the latest tech gadgets and apps - it’s more about understanding a complex issue well enough to find out how to reach a solution." - Rachel Funk, Tech Elevator Alumni

Tech-savvy people are not always seen as social butterflies - but in an industry where networking and connections are almost as important as your resume, the way you present yourself makes a world of difference. Coding and Data Science bootcamps emphasize curricula around "soft skills" like mock interviews and LinkedIn building excersizes.

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#3: CODING WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME

It's no surprise that the future is quickly transforming into a hands-on digital environment, especially given the rise in artificial intelligence and robot science. Being able to communicate with and manipulate technology prepares students with future-facing skills. 15 years from now, when practially every task will be automated, coders will stand out from the pack and be able to build the machines (so they'll still have a job!)

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#4: JOB AND WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY

Coders can work practically anywhere, as long as they have a secure internet connection and a laptop. Coding is often a project-based occupation, so enjoy flexibility in your work/life balance, as long as the work gets done well. With the ever-changing adaptability and expeditiousness, you'll find shortcuts, automation and quicker ways to do tasks every day.

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#5: YOU'RE EMPOWERED

Imagine being in one of the most sought-after job roles of 2017. After establishing yourself in a new role and getting some experience under your belt, witness your Return on Education. You'll be able to jumpstart a career you love that gives you what you deserve.

BRING YOUR HOBBIES TO LIFE

Have you ever used an application and thought to yourself - this could be better?

With the power of coding at your fingertips, you can create applications and websites for anything and everything. Bring your hobbies to life and create useful projects!

SO... ARE YOU READY?

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