You wake up to the sound of an alarm clock on our smartphones, you read e-books, you talk to people via video conferencing, you keep your money in electronic accounts and if you get sick, you first check for treatments via the Internet. In fact, software is running your life. What if you learn and start running these programs according to your will? Have you ever wanted to have your own app or website before, for either yourself or a product you thought of? 

By learning how to program does not mean that you have a responsibility of creating the next Instagram or the next Netflix. No!

You do not have to learn computer programming to solve the problems of the world, but you can very well solve yours and your company’s.

Keep reading to learn the benefits of knowing how to program.

You learn a new language

Programming is more than just writing code. There are a ton of different programming languages out there, all aiming to accomplish one task: to make things for the computer. Common programming languages include JavaScript, Ruby, and Python. There are also other programming languages such as C, Java, PHP, and Haskell. Oh, and by the way, you can program your own programming language!

Another important fact is that programmers all over the world communicate with machines in the same language.

In other words, even if you don’t understand Chinese, you will be able to understand exactly what the Chinese programmer wrote in the programming language. Well, isn’t that great! Programming pushes the boundaries, and makes us more developed and free.

No Need for a Four-Year Degree

While one of the paths to becoming a programmer is to earn a computer science degree, you can still become one without a degree. Many programming jobs don’t require a computer science or an IT degree; instead, they’re interested in your coding abilities. This means that even though a degree would be useful and open several doors for you, it isn’t a must.

However, there are other options other than a degree, that could potentially help you land a job. For instance, if you were to get a software development or cybersecurity diploma, it would certainly look good in the eyes of the hiring manager. The same goes for a certificate too; if your CV has relevant certificate programs in it, such as network security management for example, that along with your skills will leave a good impression.

You Get to Work From Home

Since the job only requires a computer with an internet connection, employees often have the opportunity to work remotely. That being said, that depends on the company’s policy, but many offer such an option. Moreover, if you work as a freelancer, your job will always be done remotely.

This advantage makes programming a highly sought-after job for people who want to balance their work and family life and feel like commuting wastes their precious time they could have spent differently. It also allows them to apply for jobs across the country without the need to relocate and worry about the distance of the office.

Combine Technical Skills and Creativity

Not all industries will give you the opportunity to use both your technical and creative skills as programming will. This is possible due to the nature of the job. It focuses on identifying issues and resolving them. However, there will not always be the same problems to solve, that’s why you’ll get to solve them while also finding new solutions each time. This makes programming a very challenging and exciting career.

Develop structured and creative thinking

When programmers are given a problem to solve, they don’t just start to code right away. Problems are not solved that way. When you see a problem, you need to break it down into workable pieces and then get on with it. When you start learning to program, you develop the habit of working your way out in a very structured format. You gradually program your brain to break every problem down to bits and understand better. You start thinking logically, and this gives rise to more creative solutions you’ve ever given.

Develop Problem Solving Skills

In the world of programming, it is often said that coding is all about solving problems, and computer programs should solve problems for us. Learning programming is more or less coding and determining how to tackle the issues that arise during coding and finding solutions for them. The more you get to solve these problems, the more practical it becomes. You might even start applying this problem-solving mindset in different aspects of your professional life and not only while coding.

Learning to program teaches you persistence

When you learn computer programming, you start seeing problems in the light of solutions. Your brain starts functioning like that. When you encounter a problem after learning to program, you start envisioning the possible ways to solve it. You may even foresee some good results out of it. However hard the problem might seem, you become determined to act on it anyhow. You become patient because you know there is always a solution. You transform yourself into a solution-driven individual.

Coding literacy can help you understand other aspects of tech

Knowledge of coding (or, as some call it, coding literacy) can help in other ways, too. It can mean you are quicker to learn other aspects or tech, plus mean you are more digitally fluent. In today’s ever more digital job market, this can only be of benefit.

Join an incredible helping community 
Coders love working together and have created some of the most vibrant virtual and in-person communities across the globe. Whether it’s on Slack, at weekly or monthly Meetups, or on Github, coders are constantly talking to—and supporting—each other. Alternatively, you can look for job opportunities within your peer group, and maybe help them with their projects!

If you are serious about learning to program, VCA is here to help!

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