Coding: A modern way to boost your career
Living in a rapidly changing world might be great but, it can also be terrifying. It gives us so many opportunities every single day, but are we ready to face and embrace them? Sometimes we lack time, sometimes it can be knowledge and we always hope to get more freedom. Everything gets so complicated that we often wonder if we are on the right path and if we ever going to achieve that sweet freedom.
It’s the same with the digital world, just slightly more complex. Tech skills are definitely something we aren’t born with and rarely something we’ve learned from our parents. We need to develop those skills by ourselves and if you don’t have the passion for tech it may seem frustratingly slow going. However, you must agree that in our world, tech skills are critical and learning one or two, can only lead to career advancement. Coding, for example, is the ability to tell a computer what you want it to do, and to do it. It’s like learning a foreign language, in the sense that once you get the hang of it, it opens a whole new world for you.
According to Indeed, there are more than 45000 jobs which list of requirements includes Python skills. Python is a high-level programming language used in web and video game development. Knowing Python will not only increase your job opportunities but very likely your pay as well. The salaries range from £35k to £120k. Before you think that this is because it’s ridiculously hard to learn it, let me add that, apparently, Python is one of the easiest programming languages to get to grips with. It’s ideal for first coding language because it’s designed to be simple and easy to understand.
The language’s core philosophy is summarized in the document The Zen of Phyton (PEP 20), which includes aphorisms such as:
- Beautiful is better than ugly
- Explicit is better than implicit
- Simple is better than complex
- Complex is better than complicated
- Readability counts
Ruby on Rails
Another great coding language is Ruby. I am sure you’ve heard about Soundcloud, Shopify, Hulu and Airbnb which like many others, were built with Ruby on Rails. It’s described as: “A dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write.”
The creator is Yukihiro Matsumoto, whose philosophy is to “help every programmer in the world to be productive, and to enjoy programming, and to be happy.” Matsumoto has said that his primary goal when designing Ruby was to create a language he enjoyed himself when using.
The last programming language on my must-learn list is, of course, PHP. Used for WordPress, Magento, Joomla and so on, it’s a server-side scripting language designed for web development. It’s, also, used as a general-purpose programming language. It includes various free and open-source libraries in its source distribution and is essentially an Internet-aware system with built-in modules for accessing many database servers.
I know, it does sound way too complicated, but the biggest motivation you can have is to be better than you were yesterday and to have more doors to open than you had before. With tiny baby-steps, you can transform your world and boost your careers as well as yourself.
Author: Darina Kostadinova
Sources: Wikipedia, Ruby