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Six tips to help you launch your coding career

Six tips to help you launch your coding career

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to learn a new skill or start a new career in coding, you might be wondering where to start.

Taking a leap into a career in coding is a big decision but for those that decide to go for it, there are a lot of perks on offer as well as high salaries. Here are some tips for you to get your coding career off the ground in 2020!

 

1. Go all in

Learning a new skill to a level where you can be employed in that field is not something that happens overnight and it requires a lot of dedication. You need to be sure you are motivated and ready to dedicate a big portion of your time to studying, learning, classes, and bettering your experience. Fully committing to coding requires a lot of willpower and discipline, but the payoff will be worth it.

 

2. Get someone to review your code

Having a mentor is useful in any line of work and coding is no different. Getting feedback on your code is something that will happen all the time when you are working as a coder so it is never too early to get used to the process. You can only improve by sharing your solutions and by receiving critical feedback that can include different and better ways to reach the goal. Both positive and negative feedback from a trusted and knowledgeable source is the only way to improve your skills.

 

3. Go the extra mile

When taking on projects, you might find that many have a simple and straightforward solution that can be completed relatively quickly. This doesn’t mean that you should always go with the easiest option! Sometimes it is wise to spend more time on a project, exploring other options and doing a bit more than is required. This will not only help you learn but will show potential employers that you are serious about launching your career.

 

4. Don’t fake it

If you are not 100% sure on a topic, don’t pretend you are an expert, especially when you are starting out. As a beginner, no one expects you to be a know-it-all so don’t risk tarnishing your fledgling reputation by telling white lies about your skill set. Instead, demonstrate a willingness to learn by looking for clarification so that you can understand the issue on a deeper level.

 

5. Team up with someone more experienced than you

One of the best ways to improve your skills is to get inside the mind of another coder that is more experienced than you. The concept of pair programming is where the more experienced of the pair, guides and gives instructions while the least experienced does the typing. Having someone on hand to teach you 1-2-1 with real time instructions is one of the fastest ways to learn and one of the best ways to put your skills to good use.

 

6. Step outside your comfort zone

If you only work on easy projects and problems you will never challenge yourself or learn anything new. Be sure that throughout your studies and your learning journey, you constantly push yourself a little further to ensure that you are always working just outside of your comfort zone. This is the best way to pick up the pace and to make you the best coder you can possibly be.

 

Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
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Last modified on: January 31, 2020

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