How a Code School Can Put You on the Fast Track to a Successful Career

codeAt AIM Careerlink, we are always looking for ways to help individuals expand their career, whether it is tips for communicating effectively, working on your creativity or writing a great resume.

With technology on the rise, there is no doubt that the job market is now demanding more IT skills. Specifically, coding. Until recently, coding wasn’t necessarily something people looked for in most candidates. Sure, for most employers it was an added bonus, but these days having a background in code can really set you apart from the other candidates.

For the uninitiated, coding is essentially the process used by developers to create computer and web programs. In the coding world there are dozens of different programs, each having its own unique language, so the more languages you know, the better.

That is where code school comes in. With the rise in demand for candidates with skills in coding, code schools have been popping up everywhere and to show you that immersing yourself in code is more than just hype, here is how code school can put on the fast track to a successful career.

The stats.
So just how big is coding? In the first quarter of 2014, Java software development was the most sought after software building skill by employers searching in IT job site, Dice.com. And, according to a survey taken by ComputerWorld in late 2014, programming and application development ranked number 1 on the top 10 hottest IT skills of 2015 with 48% of respondents saying that they planned to hire for this skill within the year.
However, despite the great demand, as the senior vice president and CIO at Ryan LLC Blake K. Holman notes, “It’s been very difficult to find folks with good development skills.”
The value of coding and going to code school.
The value of coding is becoming more and more apparent with children beginning to learn how to write code as early as middle school.
In years to come, coding will be in high demand. As more and more companies begin to move everything onto a digital platform, there’s also the possibility that in the future, it will be a requirement for most jobs.  In short, almost every field out there requires someone with knowledge in code, so the chance that you’ll be able to find a job in your current career or perhaps in a new one is fairly high.
As opposed to learning on the job and picking up a book on code every once in a while, code school will provide you with the structure and organization necessary to learn code properly –setting up the foundation that will distinguish you from the novices.
Not only that, but most code schools allow you to choose from a wide variety of code languages. As we said earlier, the more you know, the better chance you have at impressing your future employers. At work, you might only have a chance to write in Java because that is the preferred code your employer uses, but that won’t do much for you if your employer wants to expand into iOS or if you want to move somewhere else that demands being efficient in more than just one code language.

We’re not saying that coding is the end-all, be-all of career success, but it can open up a lot of doors and start you down a path towards success. As such, we think it is something many individuals, especially in the IT realm, should look into.

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