Don’t just play on your phone, program it!
I’m not sure if I personally understand the great implications of coding and technology in our lives. Given the current circumstances with respect to life on earth and evolution of technology, learning programming is becoming one of the most demanded skills that people can have.
I think that traditional jobs and hiring processes are becoming obsolete, or at least they become less demanded. You know that most of the reputable companies have social profiles and websites, which are ways to interact with customers, potential customers, the media, and other stakeholders. If they understood the importance of Internet and technology, why you and me wouldn’t do the same?
Some of the people who have revolutionized the IT industry such as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates emphasize on the importance of programming. They even got Barrack Obama into this, as you can see in the video above.
Several initiatives have been created to get people into coding. Anyone can do it. I’ve personally been inspired by this video and by some related videos to start teaching myself programming. I first did it through Code Academy which is a highly interactive and intuitive platform for people to learn. It makes coding easy to understand and it’s free (I hate free stuff, but this is a blast!).
To give you an idea on the immensity of coding and the impact it creates, here’s some data:
– 5 billion mobile phones have been used in 2010 (McKinsey, 2011)
– 30 billion pieces of content is shared on Facebook every month (McKinsey, 2011)
– by 2018, there will be a demand of 440,000 – 490,000 data scientists in the United States, leaving a shortage of almost 200,000 positions.
– newly created job titles which have grown exponentially in demand in the past five years (2008-2013) are:
1. IOS developer (Iphone app creator) -142x (142 times higher demand in 2013 compared to 2008)
2. Android developer – 199x
3. Zumba instructor – 396x – didn’t see this coming!
4. Social media intern – 174x
5. Data scientist – 30x
6. User Interface designer – 22x
7. Big Data Architect – 3440x (yes, that’s right, more than 3,000 times)
8. Beachbody coach – 3360x
9. Cloud services specialist – 17x
10. Digital Marketing Specialist – 17x
Now, if you’re smart you’ll forget all about wasting time in front of the TV watching non-sense and jump into coding. It can be overwhelming in the beginning, but trust me, it pays off in the long run. It’s fun and you have all the free stuff to learn from.
If you can’t find you’re way through, leave me a comment and I’ll try to help.
1. McKinsey & Company – Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity.
2. Top 10 Job Titles that didn’t Exist 5 years ago – Visual.ly
3. Big Data Revolution – Visual.ly