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Should I learn to code even if I don't want to be a professional coder?

Should I learn to code even if I don't want to be a professional coder?

01 May 2020 Smart Ninja

You may be intrigued by the art of coding but don't want to do it professionally.

Instead, you'd want to work as a project manager, HR specialist, marketer, business analyst, trader, or some other occupation that you feel comfortable with. But you'd still like to understand the magic behind programming and use this skill in other ways.

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There's nothing wrong with that. In fact, this is what most people in the future will very likely be doing.

Their main occupation will not be a coder, but coding skills will nevertheless be useful in many aspects.

For example, it could be useful to understand fellow coworkers (coders) better, or to automate some smaller, but boring and repetitive part of your job and free up your time for creative work (or more leisure).

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It could also happen that coding, as a side-skill, would not be useful for your day job, but instead, you'd want to use it as a hobby.

You may want to turn your home into a smart home or bring out your inner child by building goofy apps or robots (Simone Giertz anyone 😉).

Whether for work or simply as a hobby, coding skills will unlock more of your potential in life and help you put ideas that you hold in your head into the real world.

Who knows, maybe one of these goofy apps will become a serious company someday. 😉

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