As I have mentioned before on this blog (you can read my ‘About me’ page to learn more about me), I am currently learning how to code. I am doing this on my own, and it has been challenging, but what keeps me motivated is all of the benefits I get from this. Even though I spend a lot of time learning how to code, I know that it will pay off in the end. Now, many people are not aware of all of the benefits you get from coding, and that is why I am going to discuss some of them today and perhaps inspire some of you to join me on my journey.
Software development jobs
Obviously, this one is a no-brainer. If you want to get a job as a developer, you need to know how to code. There are a lot of jobs for developers out there, and since technology is advancing more and more every day (and it will keep advancing in the future), this is a great profession to have – it means that you will be able to find a job as a developer at all times.
Developers are usually paid very well, so that is also a good reason to give coding a go.
Now, even though becoming a developer is my plan and goal in life, it doesn’t have to be yours too. You can use coding for many different jobs that have little to do with software development. I think this is because we are all so used to working on computers that nowadays it is very usual for many professions to have basic coding in their skills-needed list. Whatever job you might think of, coding will be a great skill to have and employers simply love to see it on the resume. If they are deciding between you and another person, this might be a thing that makes you stand out.
Even if you are not interested in using coding in your professional life, you can still get some very important skills from it. One of them is problem-solving which you can then apply to any situation in your life when it is needed. Coding is all about trying things out, failing, finding out what the problem is, and then finding a good solution for that problem.
In my opinion, this is one of the best skills you will need throughout your life, no matter what you do.
This might be a personal one, but I figured, if I’ve experienced this benefit, other people might too. Ever since I’ve started coding I have been immensely more confident as a person. Simply teaching myself something and seeing that I am capable of learning new things (new things that are not so easy) makes me very proud of myself. When I look back on my progress so far, I cannot help but feel confident and I use that confidence now when I approach many different things in my everyday life.