With more than 100,000 available positions for web and mobile developers in the U.S. in the past year alone, asking “should I learn how to code?” is a common question among today’s job seekers.
Whether you’re looking to level up in your current role, or change careers altogether, coding can be a powerful tool in helping you land your dream job or build products that you never thought possible.
Learning a new skill may seem daunting, but the payoff is great, and you’ll find confidence in knowing that you can expand your skill set. Here are four questions to ask yourself to see if you’re ready to get started.
1. Are you motivated to learn code?
Are you motivated to learn to code? Will you enjoy writing code? You really never know if you can do something, do it well, and enjoy doing it until you actually give it a try. Check out one of the many free coding school sites like Dash or CoderManual, to determine your aptitude for coding and whether or not you’ll enjoy it.
Remember that learning how to code does not limit you to just becoming a developer. In fact, being able to code opens up a world of opportunity—in digital marketing, product management, entrepreneurship, and more. Understanding the language, the process, the time it takes, and the result will help you become a more skilled professional with a useful and expansive toolkit.
2. Do you have the time?
Learning to code takes time and effort. You will need to set aside about an hour or two per day to practice your new skill. Whether you’re building an app, website, or online resume, having a project will challenge and motivate you to keep at it.
3. What will you do with your new skill set?
Learning how to code opens you up to a range of career opportunities. What do you want to do with your newfound tech skills? Do you want to get a job as a junior developer? Understand the process so that you can better manage your technical staff? Or do you want to transform your own ideas into reality? Your answer may help you determine which languages you should learn, if you should focus on front-end or back-end web development, and which courses you should take to get started.
4. Which course is right for you?
At GA we have a number of offerings to accommodate our diverse range of students’ finances and availability—from Dash, evening workshops, and Web Design Circuit, our online web design course, to part-time courses like Front-End Web Development and Back-End Web Development, to Web Development Immersive, our full-time immersive course.
Whether you are looking to level up in your current role or change careers altogether, learning to code will empower you to pursue meaningful work that keeps you challenged and engaged.
Kevin Sandlin is a serial entrepreneur and 7-time startup veteran, including one IPO and two acquisitions. He spent 13 years in the IT training and certification space after founding CWNP, the industry standard for vendor-neutral WiFi certification & training.