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Kickstart Your New Career by Learning to Code

Browsing Hackbright’s course offerings  for the fourth time this month, but just can’t bring yourself to make the plunge? We get it. Learning a challenging skill set and striking out on a new career path is a huge decision to make, especially if you’re already comfortable at your current job. If you feel like you need a little push, or if the self-doubt demons are breathing down your neck, consider the ways that learning to code could give your life an upgrade. Here are just a few:

You’ll get to be a little selective.

In today’s market, jobs can seem harder to come by than ever before. A lot of smart, creative job seekers can find it difficult to demonstrate their marketable skills to employers. That means that when you’re offered a job, there’s a lot of pressure to take it- even if it’s not the best fit.

Learning to code gives you a definite edge over other applicants. Employers love to see that you’ve taken the initiative to learn a challenging skill set; what’s even better is that this particular skill set is always in high demand. Having an edge over your competition allows you to be a bit more flexible, giving you more time to find the best match in terms of your interests, compatibility with the company’s culture, and your long-term career goals.

You’ll start earning the big bucks.

There’s no question that software developers get paid competitive wages. The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the median developer’s salary at $100,690 a year, which is substantially higher than the national average. While it’s certainly not the only valuable thing about learning to code, being well-compensated for solving important, real-world problems is always a good thing.

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You’ll get to do what you really want at work.

Tech companies tend to prioritize efficiency in creative ways, so instead of days full of wall-to-wall meetings, you can look forward to more flexible, functional work hours and meaningful communication with co-workers.

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Not all programmers work in chilled-out office environments, but employers will definitely want to get the most out of your creative brain. When you think about it, a lot of today’s most valuable innovations are the result of hardworking software developers, and that means that your team WILL give you the time you need to do what programmers do best: make amazing stuff!

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Learn all about our upcoming 12-week software engineering fellowship at the Info Session on July 13! Get a head start on your application and RSVP below to join us in person or remotely!

5 Reasons to Learn to Code in 2016

Anything could happen in 2016. It could be the year you start learning French and decide to move to Belgium. It might be the year you go hang gliding off the cliffs at Fort Funston or finish knitting that hat you started Sophomore year of college. Or maybe 2016 is the year you learn to code. Now that would be awesome! (Not that there’s anything wrong with Belgium, hang gliding, or knitting!) If you’ve been on the fence about learning to code, here are a few reasons why you should  definitely pursue it this year…


 

1) It’s fun. It really is! Coding is all about solving problems. It’s about breaking things down to their constituent parts and building them back up again. It can be challenging. Just like learning a new language or putting together a puzzle. Except that with coding, you are putting together a puzzle that will allow you to talk to computers (and tell them what to do).

2) Bring your ideas to life.

Coding is powerful because it allows you to make your ideas a reality. Say you’re an amateur mushroom enthusiast who just moved to a new city and wants to meet up with fellow mycophiles. There’s no app for that (at least not as far as we know). But you can make one! You could make an app that finds you the closest hang gliding location or one where you can trade half-finished knitting projects. Whatever you decide to make, however you decide to use the super power that is coding, the important thing is that it’s yours. You’ll be shaping the products that you—and others—are using.

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3) Build your resume.
Learning to code can be a huge game changer for your career. No matter what your field, computer programming is a powerful skill and it’s in super high demand. According to The New York Times, “it is a seller’s market for those who can master new technology tools.” This demand for coders means more opportunities and, in many cases, a substantial salary bump. (That same article says that “the average base salary for software engineers is $100,000, and $112,000 for data scientists.”)

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Computer programming is a language (well, actually, it’s a bunch of languages) that is spoken all over the world. We may think of Silicon Valley as the capital of coding and in many ways it is. But tech is everywhere and there are other hubs sprouting up all over the place, from Nairobi to Bangalore and Stockholm, Austin to Buenos Aires and London. You may not be able to speak Swedish or Spanish or Kannada (the language they speak in Bangalore), but if you can code you can communicate with programmers from around the world. They don’t call it the world wide web for nothing!

5) Break stereotypes.
As a woman, learning to code is more than just fun. It’s more than just a career move. By learning to code, you’re also shattering the stereotype of the over-caffeinated young white male computer programmer. You’re joining a vibrant community of women coders (including hundreds of Hackbright fellows and alumnae) who are creating apps, solving complex technical problems, and pushing back against a set of stereotypes we all know are wrong. You’re also setting an example for the next generation of female computer programmers and scientists and mathematicians.

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…So, are you ready to begin?! To get started, check out Hackbright Academy – the leading engineering school for women in San Francisco dedicated to changing the ratio of women in the tech industry. Learn more about our full-time 12-week software engineering fellowship at our upcoming Info Session on July 13!  RSVP to join us in person or remotely.