I grew up with computers. I started using the internet in the mid-90s. By the time I hit college, I had taught myself the basics of how to code. Not everyone, however, dives into learning essential tech skills quite as readily as I did. It’s probably safe to say that a lot of people don’t.
And yet the benefits of having some tech skills under your belt extend way beyond just the tech industry.
In fact, there are so many benefits to learning tech skills that it’s becoming a big disadvantage if you don’t make learning basic coding a priority.
Check out these seven ways that coding and other essential tech skills can improve your life outside of the tech industry.
1. Essential Tech Skills Make You a Better Problem Solver
Coding is all about problem-solving. You start with a user problem that needs to be solved and come up with a solution. Then you test that solution to find bugs or possible improvements, and you create a better solution. Every step of the way is about solving problems.
Problem-solving skills are universal and can be applied to virtually every part of your life and work, regardless of industry. From identifying an issue and breaking it down into its parts to creating, testing, and improving solutions, you’ll never regret learning how to efficiently handle problems.
2. Technology is Much Less Frustrating When You Understand It
How many times have you gotten completely frustrated because your smartphone did something unexpected and you had no idea how to fix it? Or when you couldn’t figure out how to make your computer do something that seems like it should be so simple?
Technology is way less frustrating if you understand how it works. While coding skills won’t teach you how to build and program your own smartphone from scratch, understanding some tech basics makes virtually everything in tech make a bit more sense. Once you understand one thing, you can better understand the rest.
3. Save Money By Solving Tech Problems Yourself
When was the last time you had to hire someone to fix your computer? Or gotten frustrated when tech support told you to reboot your computer (btw, that actually does fix some problems)?
With tech skills, you can learn to diagnose and fix a lot of problems yourself. If you get the basics, and more importantly, if you’re comfortable with technology, the solution to a lot of your tech problems is just a Google search away.
4. Essential Tech Skills Make You a Better Leader
So many companies are now reliant on technology in one way or another. As a manager or CEO, it’s important to be able to work effectively with either a department that handles web development or with an outside agency that handles those things. And if you don’t know the first thing about the jobs those departments or agencies do, it makes it a lot harder to work with them in a way that’s both efficient and productive.
5. They Make You a Better Collaborator
Yes, there are still standalone web designers and developers out there. Ss the web grows more complex, more and more people are working as part of design and development teams.
Collaborating on design and development projects is commonplace in the tech world. And the collaboration skills you learn on these projects will do wonders for your collaboration in other areas. When you can troubleshoot code with another developer, or manage a project with half a dozen designers and developers working on it, then working as part of a team outside of tech will only get easier (and be less likely to resemble this).
6. They Future-Proof Your Career
Virtually every career and industry is becoming more tech-focused and tech-reliant. Industries from agriculture to education are integrating tech into their day-to-day operations. It’s clear: those who have tech skills will have a much easier time adapting to changing expectations.
How many teachers who graded by hand faced very hard transition when everything became digital? How many farmers have seen improvements in their business because they adopted things like soil and crop sensors, bookkeeping software, or GPS and mapping technologies for keeping track of their equipment and operations?
Learning to code isn’t going to make you a master of every career-related technology out there. But it does make you more confident in your tech abilities.
7. They Make You More Well-Rounded
A well-rounded set of skills serves you well both professionally and personally. Being able to list basic tech skills on your resume will make you more attractive to every employer out there.
As more people become involved in the tech industry, possessing essential tech skills can come in handy.
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