Christmas is just around the corner and so we decided to put a technical spin on the traditional 12 day countdown with 12 useful tips for anyone considering or beginning the journey to a career in coding.
Over the next 12 days we'll be sharing tips from all of the Tech Returners team bringing together our experience of supporting individuals into careers in technology since 2017.
You have to believe you’re going to be something to achieve it, so if you’ve taken the leap and decided to go for a career in coding then from that moment on you have to believe that ‘you are a developer’ learning a new skill and particularly at a level enough to ensure you’ll be career-ready at the end of it will take commitment, hard work, will power and most importantly confidence in your own ability to achieve your goals.
Programming Fundamentals must always come first, don’t ever be tempted to skip the basics - even if you think you know them, you’ll need to understand them and understand them well as you move into more advanced topics and rushing ahead is the fastest way to come unstuck. Programming fundamentals are the most important step of your learning and the foundations upon which you’ll build everything else, so spend sufficient time on them, be sure you understand them fully and revisit them often.
It’s a fact that once your coding career is underway and you’re within a team, you’ll receive feedback on your code regularly, so it stands to reason that it’s something you should embrace right at the beginning of your journey, Having a fresh pair of eyes to see things differently (and yes sometimes better!) which in turn helps you improve your code is a critical tool in your path towards a career in coding.
Working on a side project has multiple benefits, of course, it will help you fine-tune your coding skills but beyond that, by choosing a project you’re passionate about you’re much more likely to stick with it and it can, and will play an important part in your job search. Employers are often (and rightly) impressed with applicants who have completed side projects which showcase their skills, as such it’s a great way to set yourself apart from the competition.
From online resources to physical communities, the coding community is a place to find technical support, develop a peer network and really find your place as a developer. From meet-ups which allow you to code with others and learn new skills, to online groups and communities which support your learning and provide practical tasks and exercises to help your development, the coding community is like no other and will be of huge benefit throughout your coding career.