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Navigating through coding languages: helping jobseekers find the right program to pursue

Posted David Brown, Executive Vice President, Veredus | Hays on Friday, Nov 6, 2015

Coder PoetBill Liao is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. In 2011, together with James Whelton, he founded CoderDojo. Today, it has grown into a global network of free, volunteer-led, independent coding clubs for young people aged 7 to 17.

The number of coding platforms aimed at schools is expanding. Do you think they really offer a platform to develop skills that can be used to improve employment prospects?


I hope they evolve to become so. They are fighting a bit of an uphill battle as coding is a language skill and learning it is an emergent phenomenon based on having a great context and environment in which to
do so collaboratively. Schools often cannot provide such a collaborative context.

How important do you think coding is for job seekers?

If you are a good coder you can add value to any job in any industry. As demand for coding is increasing in a super linear way, so too are the employment opportunities.

Do business owners understand and appreciate the coding skills being taught at the moment, and how they could help their businesses improve their competitiveness?

I think most business owners are frustrated that it is so hard now to get
hold of good technical people, particularly good developers and 
designers.

With so many computer programming languages available, has it become difficult for students to choose the right one to study?

For someone who learns any serious programming language young enough to be fluent in it, that skill is highly portable. It’s a bit like learning Spanish fluently and then easily being able to become fluent in Italian as a result.

Do you think the teaching of coding helps students understand the practical applications of the code they are writing?

There are only two countries in the world where code is taught at schools
all together: Estonia and Vietnam. Colleges are often too late for students to get really fluent in code, so even if the thinking is joined up there are massive drop-out rates and many are coming out ill-equipped to be serious coders, whether they understand the relevance or not.

Simply put, if you are a coder poet (so fluent in a programming language that you can combine creativity with economy of expression), it’s not about finding a job – it’s about beating employers away with a stick.

Are you a  code poet? Do you have the skills employers are searching for? Contact your expert IT recruiter to access top jobs.

Find out more about David Brown, Executive Vice President, an expert in staffing in Information Technology.
 

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