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The Written Code
07/03/2018

Are you a content writer? Looking to improve your employability and skill range? Learning to code might be the answer you were looking for...

In an increasingly competitive world, there are an abundance of people aspiring to forge a career in content creation. Unfortunately for writers, this means it is becoming increasingly likely that the art of writing is no longer enough to secure you that dream job. So what other strings can be added to your bow to ensure your writing stands out from the increasingly populated crowd? One of the solutions to this problem may not have occurred to you.

The solution in question, is learning to code.

Just the mere mention of the word is enough to send shivers down people’s spines. For most, the world of software coding is completely alien; an unfathomably confusing maze of numbers and syntax that few can master. Those who have mastered it command the unspoken admiration of the many who rely upon it. Without these developers, the websites we visit every day would not function. These developers are the backbone of the ongoing digital revolution we currently find ourselves in, where they are constantly unearthing ingenious new methods and skills to create some truly phenomenal on-screen visuals.

The digital world is constantly evolving, and there is an increasing demand for new developers to help further the progression of this online revolution. From entry level to senior roles, companies are constantly churning out opportunities for talented individuals to help bring their digital visions to life.

Being able to code is a desirable skill. Being able to produce compelling content is a favourable talent. Imagine the possibilities for individuals who can do both.
Companies are always looking for the most cost-effective way to develop and grow their company, and you can bet someone who can not only create the content, but also the platform for it to be shown to the world on. That person is their dream employee. As you can imagine, there aren’t many people who can boast being a master of both skills. However, with a little help, there’s no reason why you can’t.

Luckily in Manchester, we are blessed with an abundance of courses and groups willing to provide you with the digital superpowers you need to begin your own virtual world building. People are beginning to acknowledge the need to address the digital skills gap that is constantly widening, and so through specialist-run teaching, the opportunities to learn this skill have never been greater. The world of coding is a fascinating and highly rewarding place to be associated with, and you never know, you just might find you have a knack for it!

Whether it’s the logical intricacies of JavaScript or the creative sphere of CSS, there is an abundance of web languages that you can choose to learn. Learning a web language is no different, if not easier, than back in the days of learning a foreign language at high school. Once you can grasp the basic rules and logic behind the code, you’ll find yourself fluent in web-speak before you know it.

The same tutelage can be offered to developers who are thinking about branching out into creating their own content for the software they help bring to life. Through meet-ups and courses, the standard of your copy and video skills can be dramatically enhanced and improved. Channelling your passion for your favourite topics into written work will allow you to produce content of the highest quality. Whether it’s technology, social events or sport, there will be a way for you to translate your love of a topic into a work of written art.
As more and more graduates are looking to break into the content market with the ink still wet on their degree certificates, it’s becoming increasingly important to be able to demonstrate a lucrative skillset that will enable you to stand out. The first steps are always the hardest, and it may be worth taking some time to practice walking before you can run into the wilderness of the working adult life. At the end of the day, the better equipped you are for a job, the more likely you are to get it. Taking the time to hone new skills could be the difference between employment or rejection.

Writing and coding go hand in hand; websites and applications always need content, and the content has nowhere to go if there’s no digital stage for it to perform on. Both are extremely rewarding and useful weapons to have in your arsenal when combatting the world of jobs. Coding and software development are incredibly fascinating and intriguing topics that are only going to increase in prominence as time goes on. Why not try getting onboard now?

Who knows, you might even like it

Make sure you take a look at our Event calendar for coding workshops in the North, and follow us on Twitter for updates!

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