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Why every tech pro should learn to code

Sarah K. White | July 27, 2016
You might think the need for coding skills applies only to programmers, but that is far from the case. This popular STEM skill has found its way into nearly every industry and is quickly becoming a skill.

Tim Davis, senior resource manager at Kavaliro, says that for workers already entrenched in their careers, you don't have to worry if you didn't graduate with, or grow up with, coding skills. Thanks to technology, you'll find a plethora of resources on the internet -- whether you want to learn using free websites, community forums or even online courses.

"E-learning providers such as Lynda or Treehouse provide excellent courses and are constantly being updated by industry leaders. There are also many online forums for developers where you can ask a community for help with different coding problems you are having. Staying active in the IT coding world and continuing to learn as new technologies present themselves is the number one way to stay competitive," he says.

Davis says that professionals sometimes get overwhelmed when they approach. His advice is to take a moment to evaluate your own interests in technology. For example, if you love mobile applications, you might want to learn mobile development techniques, or if you prefer building websites or focusing on the user experience, hone your skills in end-development instead.

"The IT industry is always changing and nothing you learn will be a waste, so my advice is to just start," says Davis.


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