Breaking In: Coding Towards a Better Career
Thursday, 4th July from 9:00am - 10:30am
Have you been thinking about learning how to code? Got an idea for a website, but not sure how to make it happen? Or maybe on the job hunt and looking to get into the company of your dreams?
These days, knowing how to code is becoming a more and more important skill—according to Adzuna, 34% of all vacancies at startups are development roles. But beyond Tech City, the ability to read and write rudimentary code—and the ability to effectively communicate across various digital teams—is becoming a staple in job descriptions.
Though getting started can seem intimidating—we've heard the sentiment that "coding isn't for me" all too often—learning the basics of web languages is accessible for everyone. In this morning event, we’ve brought together people from various walks of life to share their stories on how they took their first steps in coding—and how it got them to where they are today.
We'll also break down the barriers and dispell the confusion that terms like "web development", "front-end", and "back-end" bring about and help set you on the path to get started with coding yourself.
Come along to:
Emily Atkinson studied philosophy and English at uni and, having never read a line of code before, jumped head-first into a coding program. She’s now a developer at top UK startup MOO, where she tackles both front-end and back-end projects.
Felix Cohen comes from a psychology background. When writing an online survey for a research project and laboriously copying-and-pasting responses into a spreadsheet, he became interested in programming. Since then he’s worked at the intersection of code and people which allowed him to delve into projects from websites to books and gizmos.
David Tomchak is the co-founder and CEO of mobile video app Vizibee. He is also a project manager at BBC News, working on a variety of projects including their digital initiatives. His Scottish-Californian mix means he loves fried foods and surfing. Not at the same time.
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