A Code to Crack for Young Entrepreneurs
Why Is Coding Important?
In short, coding is the ability to read and write a machine language. So, why not leave it to the computer science gurus who can do this on your behalf? I mean, we need buildings and houses, but we don’t necessarily need to know how to build them… Right?
Well, there are at least two crucial reasons why every young entrepreneur should learn to code. They are problem-solving and confidence in social media literacy.
In order to be competitive in whatever field you’re in, it is just as important to identify the problem as it is to solve it. And yes, be a troublemaker! As a young entrepreneur, you need to start making problems for yourself. Take Apple’s iPod for instance… Did society really need to transport thousands of music files? No, but Apple created that problem for us, and now they’re making billions of dollars off that imagined problem. Every coding activity involves lateral thinking. The ability to write, debug, and remix your own code is problem-solving at its finest. Of course, these problem-solving activities can pose challenges. So, you’re most likely going to problem-solve with other people. These collaborative efforts might take shape as real-time discussions or online webinars. Beyond cliche-ing yourself as the problem-solver, you will be able to market yourself as a problem-identifier and creator.
2. Confidence in Social Media Literacy
Literacy often leads to an increased sense of confidence. With coding, you build confidence in terms of social interactions. Yes, it’s true. No need for the geek jokes. When you code, you build environments that host interactions through social media. If you’re REALLY good at it, then you will use these social media interactions to foster real-life, fleshy relationships.
Coding can make you realize that everything around you has been created and developed by people who aren’t any savvier than you. When you realize that you can build social media that other people can use, you embody highly marketable skills. The professional world continues to increase digital mediation. The ability to both read and write digital environments will qualify you as refreshing candidate for that next big step in your professional career.
If you’re interested in learning the basics of coding, then visit Codeacademy for starters.
Blog post written by St. Olaf Intern, Ashley.