How to start a career in coding?

Whether you’re a spring chicken or a mature adult, coding is an enticing profession, which is great because the demand for developers is exceptionally high and is expected to increase in the coming years. As more companies bring their products and services online, a developer can help drive the business forward, ensure users have the very best experience and more. 

It may be an exciting career path, but it can be daunting for those wondering whether to take the leap. The thought of learning an entirely new language or wondering whether you will be good enough stops many from even trying. 

Don’t let that be you.

We whole-heartedly believe that if you have a passion for coding, and are willing to put some hard work in, you can become a successful coder. And we can help.

Is coding a good career?

Coding itself isn’t a career, it’s what you do with it, and there are plenty of opportunities to choose from. Just some of the roles you can apply for include:

  • In-house developer roles that involve building, testing and maintaining a website
  • Working for an agency doing similar tasks to that of an in-house position, but for multiple clients
  • Consultancy where you are your own boss

It is also extremely versatile. Whether you want to become a full-stack, front-end, backend, web, app or software developer, you can build your career however you like. And nothing is stopping you from jumping from one specialism to another down the line.

It is also a secure career to choose. Talented developers are in high demand. If you are willing to continue learning even once you have become established, there is a great chance that you will be in demand too.

Because you only require a computer to do your job, you can work from anywhere; whether that’s on your company’s premises, from home or abroad. Not to mention it is a lucrative career regardless of the specialism you take. 

Is it easy to get a coding job?

With demand for IT-related roles being so high, there are plenty of opportunities. Traditionally, you would start your career with a degree, which is the route many of our tutors took; however, this is no longer necessary to build a career as a developer. 

How long does it take to learn coding?

This is a subjective question, and the answer depends on how much time you dedicate to learning and the type of training you undertake. For example, a full-time developer course will help you access the industry more quickly than a part-time course or a bootcamp. In contrast, a part-time software developer course or fast track coding course may take longer but is often the better option for those working while training. You can learn to code as quickly or as slowly as you like, it really is up to you.

Tips on starting a career in coding

  1.  Prepare to be disciplined

Becoming a talented, successful coder takes time, commitment and perseverance. It is essentially learning an entirely new language and how to manipulate that language to achieve a goal. Outside of your course, you should:

  • Attend conferences 
  • Watch videos of technical talks
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Start building and following a network on Twitter and LinkedIn
  1.  Take a course

While you may not need a degree to learn how to code, a course that is run by experienced tutors teaches you everything you need to know to get started. Whether you opt for a part-time, fast track or full-time course, do your due diligence to ensure that you reap as many benefits as possible. For example, with our courses, you leave with a working knowledge of coding and a portfolio to showcase your skills at interviews. We also offer access to career coaches, so that you have the best chances of success.

  1.  Learn the three primary languages of coding

While exciting new programming languages are being developed, you will always need to know the basic languages every device uses:

  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • CMS

They all play a part, and you need to understand their roles to be a successful developer. There is more information available here.

  1.  Get experience

Whether you build a website or game for yourself or friend or create a blog and publish technical articles, having a side-project demonstrates your passion and dedication to learn and is tangible evidence of your ability; which is exactly what prospective employers are looking for. 

While there are tons of opportunities out there, there will always be competition; having a portfolio will automatically put you ahead.

  1.  Ask for feedback

No one likes criticism, even if it is constructive or well-meant. However, this is something you will be experiencing a lot of in this industry. No matter how well planned or executed a project is, there will always be room for improvement. Start asking for feedback on your projects early and hone your reaction so that when you start a paid role, you will be ready to take the recommendations and run with them.

  1.  Find a mentor

Whether it’s one of your tutors or a contact you make on LinkedIn, mentorship is a fantastic way to build additional connections, have someone to bounce ideas off and potentially help you obtain work. 

Finding a mentor can also help stave off the loneliness that can sometimes come with a career in development; particularly if you plan to work in consultancy or are your team’s sole member. Even if you prefer your own company, there will undoubtedly be times where you could use a friend who understands the business and your position.

Whatever developer specialism you are interested in, these tips can help you hit the ground running and start building a career you are truly passionate about.

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