Do I want to learn to code, now what?
Many people out there, like me, were thinking at some point about this uprising and fascinating IT world. There are thousands of new IT students every day, and it seems like there will never be enough. I was an absolute beginner when I entered this new world and the first thing that I’ve noticed made my motivation and desire to improve even bigger.
We all do have friends who are somehow connected with IT world; it doesn’t matter if it is web developing, web design or any other branch. Every one of them was very supportive and welcoming which was very strange at the beginning because they might be talking to new competition.
Contrary to that, everybody is aware that there is so much work that nobody is a potential threat to their own business. Every person that you know will recommend you something for better and quicker improvement, but the truth is there is not quick way.
Learning how to code requires hard work and dedication but it is not impossible, and you can, even, do it by yourself. I was suggested by friends who are coding for living that it is possible to learn how to code at home and that many successful coders started that way.
How to choose the best way to learn to code?
It is essential to try different ways of learning how to code. There are many books, classes, online courses that will help you to get to code. I can only speak for myself, but I’m sure that many would agree- the best way to learn programing is through some online school.
If you are disciplined enough to sit through course and practice, you will improve quickly. At the beginning I tried everything from reading books, watching different videos online, and I was even considering going back to college.
All of that was not necessary because there are so many great online courses, like Code Academy, w3schools and many others. It doesn’t matter if you have Ubuntu, Windows 7 or any other system, you can have any of those courses with it. Some of them are free, and some of them take small compensation but offer hours of video tutorials, e-books, blogs, etc. It is a perfect way to learn how to code because there are explanations, exercises, and examples.
I was filled with enthusiasm because that looked like a straightforward way to learn to code. By now I had books, hours of online classes and I have found myself learning every day for at least 5 hours, and I had a full-time job. It was like a mystery video game which I couldn’t get enough.
When can I start working?
It will take some time to learn how to code, but all of that depends on how quick you are improving and how much time you spend learning and practicing.
There are people who start very quickly, in a matter of months, but the average length is around one year. This is not much if you are considering that this is one of the best business branches and it is only getting bigger.
Like in every other job, the beginning is the hardest. When you feel more comfortable and natural with coding, you will learn that this is very exciting and challenging work to do.