5 reasons why you should learn to code

Instructor Rick Henry offers up five reasons you might want to learn this 21st century skill.

1. You’ll challenge yourself

Being a software developer allows you to continually challenge yourself on a daily basis. It’s a role that requires you to be creative when tackling a problem and challenges you to figure out an optimal solution to this problem. This way of working is great for stoking ambition and also ensures that a day at the office is never boring.

2. You can work on cool projects

Now more than ever, businesses across the globe are relying on digital as part of their day-to-day operations. Fortunately for us, this means that pretty much every industry is in need of software developers. I myself have worked in digital teams across a broad spectrum of industries, including education providers, financial services and with various digital companies. This demand for web developers gives you the chance to mould a career that you are passionate about and create a job that works for you. The world is your oyster.

3. You can earn good money

Digital pay is on the increase. With an average starting salary for a junior developer at around 25k and rising to around 45k within just two years now is the time to get coding. Software development is so much more than just a salary but it’s good to know that what you do will be well rewarded.

4. You’ll learn something new every day

One of the best parts about learning to code is the ability to keep on learning. In my experience, there is nothing more satisfying than picking up a new coding technology, being able to learn it efficiently and applying it to my role as a web developer. Once you have mastered one language, moving on to others becomes easier, and less scary. It’s about jumping in at the deep end and taking on the challenge.

5. You can work anywhere

Not all software development jobs require you to be in the office. If conforming to a 9-5 isn’t for you then don’t worry, it’s becoming more and more common for software developers to be their own boss by going freelance and working remotely. Just think, I could be writing this from a beach in Rio!

Software development comes with a fantastic roster of opportunities. You could become the next cutting edge start-up, take on roles with global giants like Skyscanner or Google and you can go just about anywhere in the world once you have a bit of experience under your belt.

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