5 reasons to future-proof with code

We all know that the tech sector is booming. Look at your nearest major city. Chances are, some of the following tech firms have an office near you; Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Dell, Oracle, Intel, Accenture, and many others. Then include tech-related companies from your own country. The tech industry are huge employers, and they are always looking for new and good people.

But while all of these big players are part of your country’s tech scene, and while all of them are making massive growth, it’s not just about the big players – or the tech industry.

Tech has made its way into every aspect of society. Nearly everything that works, works off code. Therefore, name a career, and chances are that it could be linked to tech. Most businesses now have websites, apps, automation, cybersecurity, tills, online banking, email, and more. If you’re a hairdresser, you need somebody to run your website. Someone to create your ads. Someone to deal with your social media, or someone to design your new cool and groovy app. If you run a shop, you need to run your ISBNs and barcodes through the system, or better still, you need someone to design an even better system for your line of retail.

Most jobs are now integrating new software, automation and more, and as the workforce becomes more high tech, employers will seek employees who are qualified or willing to learn.

Top 5 reasons: Future-proof with code

1. An ABUNDANCE of jobs

For people based in Europe, CEPIS, a representative body of national informatics associations throughout greater Europe, reckons that the continent could absorb another 756,000 ICT practitioners by 2020. In the USA, figures point towards a gap of 1 million skilled ICT workers in the USA.
Each month, companies are announcing new tech jobs, between tech and non-tech companies.

2. Nice Salaries

Have you heard of the theory of supply and demand? So, let’s pretend your country got through to the World Cup in football. Your first game is going to be held in London. Normally, if this hypothetical journey was between two EU countries, you’d be lucky to find a ten euro flight with a tonne of taxes to pay on top of that. However, at this point, the algorithms kick into action. The airline quickly factors in that everyone in your country wants to somehow get to this World Cup game. This type of scenario highlights supply and demand – it’s when the masses want something, the price goes up.

The clever software developers behind the flight app thought of everything, the computer knows this game is coming and because everyone wants to go, what does it do? It capitalises and raises the price.

Well, supply and demand work in employment too. If there were only 100 doctors in the world, they’d be paid a lot more than the average wage of doctors at the moment. Because there’s such a high demand for software developers, as a whole they are demanding higher salaries.

3. Knowledge is Power.

I’m sure you’ve all heard this said before. And it’s true. If you know it all, then you’re more likely to get somewhere… provided you use your power wisely! As in, don’t be arrogant, be confident.

When I say knowledge is power, what I mean is, all employers are looking for IT skills. No matter what the role is. So, having the power of code should help you through the process.

It can’t be denied that computers, smartphones and technology play a large part in our everyday working life. This applies whether you’re a coder in Silicon Valley, or running a bakery in a Dublin suburb. And there is a growing concern among workers that their jobs will become obsolete – either by automation, skills becoming out of date, or both.
Upskilling and understanding code shows that you can evolve. But not only that. If you are skilled in tech, then you can help to design the evolution.

4. Knowing what the other arm is doing

Many larger business have dedicated IT departments. These people design and take care of much of the IT needs of the company. However, sometimes, like in the design of a website for a client or for your company itself, the IT department will have to work with another department. When this happens, it’s good for each department to have an understanding as to how the other operates. Knowing how the other arms operate allows for more realistic timelines, expectations, and more insightfulness into potential problems and issues which may arise.

5. Being adaptable

Having an understanding, or knowing how to use code makes you more adaptable. Even if you’re not at the level of an expert software developer, knowing how to code will make you more adaptable, even for the beginning of a new project. You’ll have a better idea about how apps and websites work, and before a project even reaches an IT department, you can help guide the project your working on in the right direction.

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