With great earning potential and job opportunities aplenty, programming is becoming a popular career choice for people from all kinds of backgrounds, with varying degrees of experience. The dynamic nature of the industry means there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to starting a programming career. So read on as we explore some of the different paths available to you.
It has never been easier to teach yourself a new skill. There are a range of online learning resources available to anyone looking to launch a programming career, often with minimal financial commitment involved. But self-studying isn’t for everyone and takes a lot of discipline. Coding issues can be complicated and frustrating to resolve when you are just starting out. So if you think your motivation may begin to dwindle when you hit a roadblock and Google can’t provide the answers, it might not be the best option for you.
Some people choose to go down the traditional university route and pursue a degree in computing or a related subject like computer science, mathematics of software development. Degrees typically take three to four years to complete, are very costly and there is no guarantee of a job at the end of it all. Some employers also believe that university courses can tend to focus on theory rather than the valuable hands-on experience needed to launch a programming career.
You may be able to get into software development through an apprenticeship. Understandably, competition for places is extremely high and, unless you have already developed some programming skills, your application is unlikely to be taken seriously. Similarly, some companies may accept you onto their graduate training schemes without a degree but normally require at least an understanding of the fundamentals of programming and software development.
Coding bootcamps are a popular way for aspiring software developers to fast-track their programming career. Usually requiring three months of full-time study, they can cost upwards of £3,000. That’s a lot of money to spend considering you are unlikely to be earning during that time. You may be lucky and find a bootcamp which provides you with extensive support and lets you learn at your own pace. However most bootcamps will cover an intensive syllabus over a short period of time, meaning trainers will be unable to slow down or backtrack, potentially leaving you with gaps in your knowledge.
Kickstart your programming career with 360 GSP
So far we have explored a number of avenues into programming, all with their own benefits and drawbacks. What’s right for you will depend on your personality and individual career goals. However we believe we have designed a course which provides you with all the knowledge, tools and techniques needed to launch a programming career as efficiently as possible while also allowing you to continue earning at the same time.
You will receive hands-on training from Microsoft during part-time weekend or weekday classes with course content also covering essential industry skills such as problem solving, project management and much more. Our in-house recruitment team will support you throughout with intensive CV and interview workshops before presenting you to our pool of employers, confident of securing you an exciting new role.
So if you are motivated and ready to learn, we can help you kickstart your programming career. If you want to find out more please us a call on 020 8672 4151 (09.00 – 18.00) to arrange a free, no obligation session with one of our experienced career advisors.