Coding is still much misunderstood. And that’s despite being at the heart of everything we do – from the laptop or smartphone you’re reading this article on, to the wifi powering it. The perception that coding is for maths geniuses who are happy to spend hours alone in dark rooms is one that couldn’t be further from the truth. Learning to code is an opportunity you may have ignored to date. If so, here we debunk five myths about coding that might just surprise you…

You need a degree in maths

While it’s always useful to know basic numeracy, it’s far more useful to be able to think logically, to write easily maintainable code, and to be able to communicate well with others. So don’t worry if you’re not a maths whizz, neither are most coders.

Coding is boring

Coding is a vital part of almost every industry on the planet, meaning there’s the potential to work on interesting and life changing projects. Want to help build the next Minecraft or fight cyber crime? Coding is only as boring as the projects you decide to work on, so think big.

Learning to code is only for techies

It’s no secret that many of today’s jobs are under threat from technology. One report estimates that 47% of roles will be automated by 2034. At the same time, company websites and CRM tools are often outsourced. It means agencies hold the upper hand when their clients aren’t tech-savvy. Learning to code and knowing the basics not only make you more employable, they also put you on an equal footing with the tech team.

Coding is not for women

codeIt’s true that tech is seen as a male profession traditionally. However, the belief that only socially awkward young men have the problem-solving skills you need for coding is fast disappearing. The COO of Facebook and the CEO of Yahoo are both women, while job boards exist that only promote roles offered by firms showing a commitment to female technologists. There’s also a growing recognition that reaching girls at an early age will help encourage women to get into tech. More needs to be done, but the opportunities are there for anyone wanting to get into the industry.

Coding is not very creative

At its core, coding is all about finding solutions to problems. What can be more creative than being part of a team trying to bring ideas to life? Coding demands that you’re curious about how things work, that you don’t accept no for an answer, and that you’ll keep trying until you find the right answer. If you want to be creative, learning to code could be for you.

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Thanks for this post go to our friend Sandy McMillan, an instructor at CodeClan, Scotland’s first digital skills academy dedicating itself to coding and software development.