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If you’re looking to take up web design due to the demand for web designers (there were nearly 200,000 jobs available in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) – or you simply just want to enhance your website’s own design through advanced knowledge, learning more about coding and programming is the best way to do so. Even if you’re working on your own website, easy-to-use plug-ins for WordPress also require some background in coding. Whether you’re a complete beginner or you have some experience under your belt, learning more about this ever-evolving field is always a plus, regardless of what you end up using it for. So, what are the ways you can get into coding?

Benefits

Designing Websites Becomes Easier

Sometimes, there’s a communication barrier between website designers and programmers. Designers have one concept in mind, but what the programmer comes up with is completely different. For those who have a background and a basic understanding of both website design and coding, it’s much easier to communicate what you want or what you’ve created with the other party.

You Gain A Competitive Edge

“Coding” on your résumé is bound to look impressive, and as previously mentioned, there were a cool 200,000 jobs for web designers in 2020. The demand for those with a background in coding is there. Even if you’re not looking to work in coding 100% of the time, there are plenty of jobs that benefit from the knowledge: content marketers, recruiters, and even technical writers can use their coding knowledge to get ahead in their jobs – or even get a better job.

How Can You Learn?

Coding Bootcamps

Online courses are becoming more and more popular. Learners experience the convenience, flexibility in schedule, and affordability of taking courses online firsthand. There are plenty of different courses to choose from, so you’ll have to do some research to decide on a course that fits your needs. An AskMoney article on Thinkful’s Coding Bootcamp documents how it is one of the most popular programs offered by Thinkful. This is because learners can choose to study for three to six months, and they’ll learn various programming languages and how to code. Such is the intensity of the bootcamp that it compresses information that’s typically taught over four years at a traditional university or college into six months.

Video Tutorials

For learners who prefer to study in their own time and at their own pace, there are plenty of YouTube channels dedicated to teaching the craft of coding. Some popular ones include Academind and freeCodeCamp.org. These are great options for visual learners who prefer to see theory and practice working in tandem. Learning with videos that can be paused and played at will are also great for students who want to follow along by completing exercises and creating code at the same time.

Experience

There’s no teacher quite like experience. For those who already have a basic background in coding, it’s only a small jump from studying to working as a junior and having a senior mentor to guide and teach you. Through this “experiential learning”, juniors tend to remember more information for a longer time. As explained by Entrepreneur: “the knowledge retention rate for employees who go through traditional learning is only five percent, whereas the retention rate from experiential learning can be as much as 90 percent”.

If you feel that your future lies in coding we hope the above tips have helped.

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