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Why should I learn coding?

A young group of mixed race coders working on their laptops

Before we discuss the topic of why should I learn coding in detail we would like to know why you are reading this article. There might be a few reasons and these are:

  • You are a non-programmer who wonders how things work in this technical era. You are interested in technology and thinking about choosing this path.
  • You are a beginner, just have entered this field and you have doubts whether you took the correct step in choosing this field or not. It is scary or frustrating for you or maybe fun for you.
  • You are an experienced person and you want to know that after choosing this field how far you have come and what changes you have experienced throughout your journey in programming.

A lot of people before entering the coding field are curious to know how things work behind the scenes. How within a few seconds ,Google give us a search result for whatever we are looking for? How are we able to connect to someone on Facebook around the world? How does Google Maps really work to give us directions anywhere in this world? All the above reasons inspire a non-programmer to choose this field. Today we all are dependent on technology in our daily lives, for entertainment, for communication, for work , for transportation, etc.  but very few people know how to read and write code. If you have already been coding for years, you will be able to apply this skill beyond your computers. We are surrounded by a lot of problems and coding has given us a lot of solutions. It doesn’t matter if you are a non-programmer, beginner, or experienced programmer, there are multiple reasons you should learn to code.

1. Attractive Salary and Multiple Career Opportunities

Technology is vast and there are plenty of job opportunities available if you know how to code. Programmers are in high demand all over the world. You can become a freelancer and work anywhere in the world,  you can work for companies, you can work on your own side projects or you can also use your coding skill for your own startup. The salary of programmers is also attractive because it requires critical thinking and situation analysis. People who are masters in coding work for a few hours but earn more, they are more flexible in their daily lives to do their job.

2. Develop Problem-Solving and Logical Skills

Problem-solving skill is the heart of programming and learning programming is about breaking up problems into smaller chunks, using your own logic and algorithms to create a program, and then giving a solution for that. Coding forces your brain to think about a problem deeply, organise your thoughts for the same, apply some logic, and then provide a solution. Every time you face a new challenge, you need to use your brain, you may have to make your own rule and you need to follow a logical approach.

So learning and doing programming is an exercise for your brain that eventually improves your problem-solving and logical ability. Learning to code will teach you to understand this world, to solve the problems we encounter every day in our life and that is the best thing you can do to change this world. You help people by using computer technologies and you earn respect for that too. You eventually become a smarter person when you see the whole picture of the real-world problem and you solve that using your logical approach.

3. Develop Interpersonal Skills

Coding not only improve your technical skill, but it also helps in improving your soft skills. Most of the time when you are working in a team you need to collaborate with other co-workers, you may have to discuss the project with them, you need to interact with your manager and all these things eventually develop your soft skill which not only helps in building a good relationship in your professional life but also in personal life. Magic happens in coding when you collaborate with other smart people and build something together that actually something meaningful for people in this world.

4. Technologies Are Ruling the World

Technology is embedded everywhere and there is no doubt that it has become a part of our daily life whether it’s entertainment or we have to communicate with someone or we have to go somewhere. We are relying on technologies and there are thousands of industries dependent on computer programs to run their business operations. Scientists use computers to analyze and see the results of their experiments and for their own research. It is used in data analysis, finance, food industry, education, customer service, health sector from creating an app or website useful for others to drive a car. It’s strange that from morning to evening we are relying on technologies but very few people know how to code.

5. Coding is Creativity

Coding is always considered as all about something computational, mathematical, frustrating, and boring but there is a creative side of coding as well. When programmers see something is imperfect in this world then it becomes their job to analyse the problem and to give a visionary solution. They see a complete picture of a problem people encounter and they use their creative logical approach to find out the solution for that. Just like painters, a clever programmer picks a suitable programming language, design patterns, and patterns of logical expression to implement the solution.

6. Understanding of Both Sides of the Equation in Business

In any kind of industry or business, it always becomes difficult for a non-programmer or departments who have to do nothing with coding to understand the complete process that requires to get the job done. A misunderstanding is always developed between engineers and non-programmers when it comes to finding a solution for a specific problem. When you have the coding skill, you can visualise or at least understand the risk, challenges, and time from an engineer’s point of view. It doesn’t matter if you are a manager, team leader, or marketer in your company if you know about coding, you understand both sides of the table. You are able to tackle the problems smoothly and that’s very important to run a business successfully.

7. Empowering and Life-Changing Experience

Programming always gives you a new challenge where you have to take a risk every time and that teaches you how to take the risk in your life too. The world is full of software, apps, and website and when you build these things on your own you feel more confident and powerful. When a programmer is able to solve a problem that had no solution before it becomes a life-changing experience for them.

“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn. ”
– Stephen Hawking

This article on why I should learn coding was published on Geeks for Geeks 

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