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Become an in-demand coding star during National Coding Week

September 7, 2020

Be a Coding Star

Hollywood has often depicted developers as awkward geeky loners. They are never the lead in a movie, only a hoodie wearing bit part. But move over Mr Pitt, things have changed of late. Coders, developers and hackers (ethical of course) are the Hollywood icons now with films and tv shows centred on their amazing work. And aren’t they cool!! (Ok. Coolish).

Hollywood is reflecting a shift in the technology industry. Developers have become increasingly influential and crucial to the success of any business. We live in an application economy and those coders are churning out the apps, features and widgets we can’t get enough of.

While you may not want a poster of a Java developer on your wall just yet, you may have dreams of becoming one, leading that glamorous lifestyle and earning that big paycheck.


Be in Demand

The good thing about being a developer, is that there isn’t enough of them. In fact, there is a big coding skills shortage, which makes coders a valuable commodity. Software developer employment is projected to grow 21% by 2028 , which is faster than the average projected rate of growth for all occupations (5%).

And it’s just not application developers that require coding chops. Techies in networking, collaboration, cyber security, cloud or even artificial intelligence, all require some level of coding experience these days.

This recent article from Computerworld highlights the “The most in-demand IT skills in the UK” in a post COVID-19 world.

IT solutions are built much the same way as applications these days leveraging the same tools, processes, culture and skills. Just look at the evolution of networks to NetDevOps. Some more example created by my team can be found here.

Even if you are not specifically looking for a job in IT, Digital skills are valuable and sought after for all kinds of jobs.

  • 82% of all job vacancies require digital skills [1]
  • Roles requiring digital skills pay 29% more than those that don’t [2]
  • In recent years, the number of digital jobs grew almost three times as quickly as other occupations [3]

Lockdown has made life difficult, but could it be an opportunity to build up your existing skill set and discover new talents?


National Coding Week

Well, maybe the kick-start to your new coding skills will begin on 14th September?

Why, well that is National Coding week. There has never been a better time to start coding. Now’s the time to break out that IDE (yup… your first coding acronym!!).

Ok.. so how do I break out my IDE?  Where do I start?

Well my inquisitive coding type, let’s start your coding odyssey at the beginning

Before you know it, paparazzi will be following you into the supermarket and members of the public demanding your autograph…..all digital off course!

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