Yes you can learn to code from scratch, and here’s why you should.

Last week we interviewed an amazing young woman who on graduating from her arts degree, decided she would learn to code. Like a growing number of young Australians, she had the realisation that while the critical thinking skills she learned via her university course were useful, in today’s tech driven world, hard skills like coding would future proof her beyond doubt.

So rather than enroll in another (expensive) university course, she signed up for Coder Academy. After 25 weeks of intensive full time study, she’s now graduated. And get this - she already has multiple job offers as a junior developer. And while she knows she has years of self-learning and additional coding practice ahead of her, the fact she can already monetise the skills she has developed is telling. There simply aren’t that many courses that deliver that sort of return on investment, that quickly.

Aside from securing employment in an industry growing exponentially, there is a strong financial reason why you should be adding coding skills to your repertoire.

A 2017 report compiled by Course Report in the US found coding bootcamp graduates received an average salary increase of 50.5%. In Australia, Indeed reports that Junior Developers earn on average $63,721. Compare that to a junior marketing coordinator on $49,722 or a junior solicitor on an average of $49,611 per year.

But don’t feel like you have to go full-steam on a developer career to use your coding skills. If your heart is still set on marketing or the law, don’t discount coding. As these professions start to embrace technology more and more, coding skills could be what sets you aside from the rest of the applicants.

The legal profession is a great example of a profession that is rapidly embracing technology. It’s also a profession where you’ll need every edge, given the reported oversupply of graduates - 15,000 students are reported to graduate each year in Australia, while the legal profession is comprised of just 66,000 solicitors. If you want to be the expert the partners can turn to when it comes to blockchain, smart contracts and cybersecurity, basic coding skills will go a long way. It could also be the difference between a Tier 1 and Tier 2 firm job offer.

What about those of you in the marketing profession? Why should you learn to code? Well, given just about every tool in the modern marketer’s toolkit relies on some form of SaaS application or web interface, do you really want to be reliant on someone else for the most basic of HTML and CSS fixes?

In addition, if you see yourself in startup land one day, then understanding how deeply the marketing and product functions intersect in modern organisations is all the proof you need, in my opinion. Being able to take part in discussions with developers is mission critical in any startup and high growth company.

So don’t dismiss coding as something the geeks do. Stay a step ahead, and think about how basic coding skills could set you apart, supercharge your earning potential early on, and future proof your income.

And of course, the sooner you learn more, the sooner you earn more, and the sooner your super balance will start growing!

Zuper is launching soon, and will be packed full of ways to help you learn more so you can earn more. Stay tuned by joining our waitlist today

Jess Ellerm

CEO and Co-Founder at Zuper Superannuation. Loves fintech, writing, pilates, Campari and soda's and, as of 2018, marathon running.

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