There are lots of reasons you should learn to code. You’ll have skills that are very in-demand, which means that you can pick and choose work (rather than panic-accepting the job in the local pub) and get paid well for it. You could, of course, end up working for the tech giants, but that’s not the only career route that you can use your coding skills for. In fact, learning to code will help you with pretty much any career that you can imagine. Here’s a few examples:

Journalism

The way that people get their news is changing, 48% of people in the UK get their news from websites or apps, so journalists must now have at least a basic understanding of code. But learning to code can also help you find better stories.

Giannina Segnini started her journalism career as a traditional journalist, but she realised that to find the best stories she needed coding skills. In 2013, she was approached by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with a huge amount of unsorted data. Segnini and her team of journalist developers created the Offshore Leaks database, which led to major policy changes all over the world.

Entrepreneurship

Lyndsey Burton became a female tech entrepreneur at 19 and she couldn’t have done it without learning to code. She said, “I’ve found that being able to code hasn’t just helped me avoid wasting time and money, it’s also helped me innovate.” She saved precious time, automating the daily functions that would inhibit other people. Plus, she said learning how to code gave her an edge in a world where male business founders are 86% more likely to get financial support than a female founder – Burton cites learning to code as the way she was able to beat those impossible odds.

Music

Sam Aaron recently performed at The Code Bass – an event sponsored by Code Nation – and showed the crowd the live coding engine he created, Sonic Pi. What’s special about it? Sonic Pi allows Sam to use code to DJ live. Sam sees code as a performance, creating entire DJ sets by live coding music. Plus, with Sonic Pi, anyone can learn how to do this, making music more accessible to everyone.

Activism

Coding can create things that helps society as a whole. There are a load of ethical apps:

Prompt – aiding memory loss victims

WeFarm – giving farming information to remote communities

Ankommen – an app launched in Germany to help refugees navigate German society. It includes a basic German language course, maps of the cities and information on how to find jobs.

So, as you can see, learning to code isn’t just the first step on the ladder to becoming a junior developer – it actually opens doors to almost any career imaginable.

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