The number of people learning to code is on the up and showing no sign of slowing down any time soon. Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps, and websites and is becoming an increasingly sought after skill for many employers.

Thinking of learning to code? You’re in the right place. Here are TechTalent Academy’s 5 tips to help get you started…

1)      Don’t be scared

For many, learning to code can be a daunting task but half the battle is believing in yourself. Have faith in yourself that you can do it and you’re halfway there. Remember, it’s another language, after all, just one you write rather than speak.

2)      Set reasonable goals

Learning to code takes time and is not something you will learn overnight. Give yourself a reasonable timeframe to complete your challenge and set short-term and long-term goals to help you through your coding journey.

3)      Stick to it

Coding is not the easiest skill to learn, but it is one of the most rewarding. To ensure you continue to improve, practice regularly, even if it is just for 30 minutes each day. Daily practice will help to instil the skills you have learned and make sure you don’t forget them in the long term.

4)      Grasp it rather than remember it

When it comes to coding, simply remembering it isn’t enough. It’s important that you grasp and understand what you are learning to help you overcome any obstacles in the future. Remember your job as a programmer will be to solve problems, not just to write code.

5)      Start with a high-level language

Although its name may suggest otherwise, high-level programming languages are some of the simplest languages for a coder to learn.  They are designed to be closer to humans than computers therefore are much easier to understand, especially for beginners. C++, Java, JavaScript and Python are some of the most popular forms of high-level languages and are a great place for you to start.

The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. Our Software Academy, Cyber Academy and Data Academy cover modules including Coding Fundamentals, Python, CSS, JavaScript and Java. Even better, our qualified trainers will be on hand to guide you through the entire course and our Talent Team will be there to support you when you graduate.

For more information, visit our website or contact a member of our Talent Team – hello@techtalent.academy.