As an economics graduate with a searing passion for finance, i never thought in a million years i would want coding skills.
Since then, I’ve met dozens of non-engineers—people in all sorts of professions—whose programming knowledge has accelerated their careers. Now, I’m convinced. Read on to learn four major reasons you and I both should start looking into coding classes.
1. It Will Make You More Self-Sufficient
Most technical teams have too many projects and not enough time—which means a request that’s high priority to you might be medium or even low priority to them.
But if you know how to code, you don’t have to wait around for help: You might be able to do it yourself.
“I can build landing pages for marketing campaigns without having to rely on a designer or an engineer,” says Michael Alajiki, Marketing Director for Next2You. “I’ve mostly worked for technical startups and SaaS companies, and being able to iterate quickly has made it a lot easier to ship new campaigns, or to get something started that I can hand off to an actual designer or engineer for polishing.”
Michael is also in the process of learning two more programming languages, Go and Python. “Digital marketing requires a lot of data analysis,” he explains. “Tools exist, but most of them involve manual data crunching. Go and Python are super helpful when you need to parse through loads of data to grab marketing insights from.” Once Micheal is fully up to speed, he won’t need external help to compile and analyze data.
Programming skills are beneficial for whatever role you hold in an organization. Let’s say you’re a sales rep: If a potential customer asks you a technical question, you can answer immediately instead of consulting an engineer. Or if you’re in customer support, you could quickly resolve a ticket without having to ping a co-worker.
Not only will you save time, but you’ll gain valuable credibility.
2. It Will Teach You How to Think
As Steve Jobs once said, “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think. I view computer science as a liberal art.”
In other words, learning to code won’t just give you technical knowledge—it’ll also give you a new way to approach your work.
“Coding forced me to start out with a plan, identify potential trouble areas, and troubleshoot, troubleshoot, troubleshoot,” says Jide Williams, Head of Business Development at Konga. “It’s a logical way of thinking that I’ve been able to apply just as successfully when developing a media strategy as trying to figure out why Internet Explorer isn’t cooperating.”
Learning to program also makes your attention to detail skyrocket. After all, when a single misplaced hyphen or missing period can mess up your entire code, you become quite skilled at checking your work (not to mention, doing things right the first time!).
3. It Will Improve Your Communication and Collaboration Skills
Projects are rarely created in a vacuum. Developing something usually requires multiple people with varied perspectives, ideas, and skills to come together and work in sync—and that often involves working with engineers. By having some knowledge of coding, you’ll have a better sense of what’s realistic in terms of results, quality, and timeline, making you a much better teammate or leader.
Even if you’re not regularly working on projects with engineers, programming knowledge can make you a better co-worker. At some point, we’ve all been asked for a “small favor” that’s actually a huge request, right? If you know roughly how much time and energy technical projects take, you’ll avoid annoying your development team with unreasonable requests. Plus, as much as programming has a reputation of being solo work, it is more often an incredibly collaborative activity.
4. It Can Take Your Career to New Heights
Remember my Co-worker i mentioned earlier, the sales analyst who knew how to code? Well, two months after I joined the team, she got a huge promotion. And she told me her technical chops were the tipping factor.
Overall, learning to code can open up a world of new options, whether it’s moving up, taking on exciting new projects, or making a shift in the work you’re doing. Because of her newfound coding knowledge, Stegner was invited to help refresh the company’s website, a great accomplishment to bring to her boss or put on her resume down the road, if you ask us.
Or, if you’re thinking about launching a company of your own, having technical knowledge will make your startup dreams more feasible—in fact, it might be the factor that gets you to launch. It did for Ogunwande Oluwole, the founder and CEO of IQGenius.
So what are you waiting for? You can dip your toes into coding right now with the IQGenius Academy, which gives you the best way to master the fundamentals you need to master programming.