Hey, guys! Today’s exciting – I’m here to tell you all why you should start learning how to code.
Now, to get things started, I would like to say that coding isn’t actually that hard – it’s only stereotyped that way, and many think that only geeks or nerds understand it. That is false. Coding is, in fact, very, very easy. Sure, it can get stressing at times, but it’s usually fun. Here are some ways having a know-how on coding can help.
Firstly, coding will likely become the language of the future. The technological industry is growing quickly. New technological developments are being made almost every day. By the next decade, Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) might become the new norm. In all this, of course, we’re going to need programmers to continue to make and curate new technology. And since programming can be a high-paying job, you can make a lot of money off of it.
Secondly, it isn’t hard at all. Sure, you might be thinking that only hackers and computer geeks have the power to write code. But that really is a myth and a major misconception. It may be a bit difficult to grasp at first, but once you understand it, coding can be a breeze. How, you may ask? Well, here’s a story from my personal experience. I started on Linux (if you don’t know what that is, check out my first article on the three major operating systems from last week!) to learn my first coding language. Sure, it took some time to getting used to everything, but with practice, I became quite the pro. I’ve since finished using Linux after some 4-6 months and have decided to learn Python. I’ve since finished using Python, and I’ve now decided to start learning Go, another cool coding language. And if I, a 13-year-old, can accomplish that much, then surely you can too!
Thirdly, once you learn one language, you can learn them all. One day, I realized that Python is practically the same thing as Linux – they just have different command names! The ‘Print’ command, for instance, is just called ‘Echo’ in Linux, but they have the same function. (If you didn’t know, the print command on Python will ‘print’ – or make an output of – whatever you want it to, well, print.) The ‘Echo’ command in Linux does the same thing, and it’s really just called ‘Echo.’ Case in point? If you make an effort to learn just one coding language, you can easily learn the rest.
Fourthly, there are many, many start-up companies that revolve around code and programming. A lot of companies are beginning to get more technological because code and technology is ubiquitous nowadays. A lot of people become freelancers for coding, and at the end of the day, they get paid doing what they love to do in the first place – win-win! But remember, you can only accomplish these things if you try! That’s why making an effort is the first step to success, and it’s no different in the world of technology.
Lastly, knowing how to code can comprise a big tip in your college/university interview or work resume. As I’ve mentioned before, coding is a big part of technology, which, in turn, is currently one of the most successful industries in the twenty-first century. That means that top-notch universities like Harvard and MIT are looking for people with amazing programming skills. Look at us, on our phones – some of us aren’t able to take a step away from our devices. Most of us are probably eagerly waiting for the new version of the device you’re holding in your hands right now, with which you’re reading this article. We’re all addicted to technology, and that isn’t going to stop anytime soon. And if you know enough to be able to ride this wave, it can really help you when you’re applying for a competitive school or job position – you’ll be framed as a hard-working individual with knowledge in a field that a limited number of people take the time to become experts in.
So there we go – those were all the reasons why I think you should start to learn how to code. Thanks for reading, stay tuned for my next article, and have a great rest of your day!