Do you have what it takes to be a coder? Are you resilient? Do you have a passion for new technologies? Are you willing to put in the time it takes to learn and keep up with a programming language? The truth is, not everyone has the characteristics of a coder and there’s nothing wrong with that. But, if you do have the characteristics of a coder, then there are fantastic opportunities for you to develop new skills and fill a lot of incredible job opportunities.
If you’re thinking about becoming a coder or programmer, check out these characteristics of a coder:
Desire to Learn
As a software engineer, front-end developer, coder, programmer, quality analyst, whatever, you’ll need a strong desire to learn. At Eleven Fifty, we help our students understand the importance of being a lifelong learner. Without that desire and skill, you’ll fall behind in the tech industry. Software, coding, and technologies change every day. If you want to keep up, be successful, you’ll have to keep learning new tricks, skills, technologies, and ways of doing things.
If you think coding and programming is all ones and zeros, you’re right and wrong at the same time. Sure, you have to understand how the ones and zeros work, but it’s your creativity that puts them to work. As a coder, you’ll discover that there is often more than one way to write a line of code. It’s your creativity that will allow you to write the best line of code. If you choose a career in something like front-end design or user experience then you’ll need even more creativity to code interactive experiences.
Your creativity will allow you to program and code the best end results, but it’s logic that allows you to figure it all out. Often times, you’ll have to break a problem down into pieces and figure out how to properly put it back together. Debugging, turning code inside out to find the glitches, is all about problem solving. Coding often follows a set of basic rules, once you understand these rules, you can manipulate them to your advantage.
Without passion, you’ll find it difficult to be successful at anything. Passion is what drives and pushes you to be better. Passion gives you a goal. You don’t want to be a coder just so you can get a better job. You want to be a coder because you love solving problems or building things or exploring new technologies. Successful coders enjoy building, solving problems, answering logic questions, and overcoming challenges. They do these things because they enjoy them not because they have to do them. Passion is what will keep you going when it’s 2 am and you’re trying to debug a program.
If passion is what helps you burn the midnight oil, grit is what drives you at all other times. When it might seem boring or too difficult to learn a new language or technology, grit is what pushes you to keep going. Grit is resiliency and without it, you’ll find it difficult to be a coder. Grit is just part of who a coder is. It takes courage to be an ethical coder. It’s the fortitude to push past the difficulties. It’s toughness to endure hours and hours and hours of coding. It’s the determination to get up and do it all again the next day. Grit isn’t something we can teach. It’s something you have or don’t have.