The Future of Work: Why Coding Skills MatterNov, 25 2023
Why the Future Belongs to Coders
Have you ever wondered why everyone suddenly seems to be talking about coding? I sure have. So, let's grab a seat, maybe a cuppa (if you're into that), and get to the bottom of this phenomenon. In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, our ability to understand and navigate technology is quickly becoming as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic. And the language of this new world? You guessed it, coding. Coding skills are essentially today what literacy was to the industrial revolution. They are the keys to unlocking a world of opportunity in the future of work.
Alright, so before we dive into the nitty-gritty of why coding skills matter, let's take a quick moment to understand what it is, in case you're as lost as my Siamese cat, Patches, on a rainy day. Imagine, for a moment, that your computer or smartphone is a pet (much like my darling Patches). Just like pets, these machines don't understand our languages. They communicate through a language of their own - binary - ones and zeros. Coding, then, is how we translate our commands into a language these machines can understand.
Decoding the Skills of the Future
The Global Language of Business
It's no secret that more and more aspects of our lives are moving online - shopping, communication, entertainment, and even work. As business moves towards digitization, companies are on the constant lookout for people who not only speak this digital language but can engineer it. Perhaps no surprise then that coding is quickly becoming the global language of business. Multinational corporations, small start-ups, non-profits and even governments are scrambling to find people with coding skills to unlock the full potential of their digital ventures. In short, code has become a universal language that connects the world!
The Next Level of Soft Skills
Now, before we go on, I'd like to clarify that I'm not saying everyone will become software engineers or app developers. What I am proposing is that coding skills can add a new dimension to traditional roles. Just as the ability to use Microsoft Office became a minimum requirement in the workplace, coding knowledge is likely to follow suit. Here's a fun fact - Jobs that involve coding skills pay up to $22,000 per year more, on average, than jobs that don't. Food for thought?
The Democratization of Coding
We've established that coding has a significant role to play in the future of work. But mastering it can seem as intimidating as teaching Patches to play fetch. However, over the years, coding has become more accessible to ordinary people. How? Think about it this way. Back in the days, you needed to have a dark room to develop photos.Now? You have Instagram filters. The same principle has been applied to coding. In the past, you needed to understand arcane computer science concepts and spend hours studying textbooks that read like stereo instructions. Today, user-friendly platforms and languages have simplified coding and made it accessible. You don't need a computer science degree to code. All you need is curiosity, determination, and a little bit of creativity.
Your Key to the Digital World
The uptake of digital technology across industries and the world has offered new opportunities. Learning to code is the cheat code to grab these opportunities. Coding is a key skills for the future of work, and one that can open doors you might not even know existed. Bonuses? It's tons of fun and gets you into a global club of coders.
A personal anecdote to conclude with, and yes, I am taking that 40% chance here—I decided to dabble in coding, just to see what the fuss was about. Coding spelled freedom for me - freedom to create, to innovate, to shape technology. Digital codes opened up infinite possibilities. It's like learning to write all over again, except this time, I was writing things that made my computer dance to my tunes.
So, there you have it. In the ever-evolving future of work, coding skills will matter because they are the gateway to understanding and shaping our digital world. Coding is no longer just a tech skill. It's a life skill, and an incredibly valuable one at that!