Should You Learn to Code?

Building software is intimidating. You might imagine techies sitting in front of a computer all day slugging Mountain Dew and using a foreign language to build pixels.

Crazy, right?

Yes and no. Like anything, software development is a skill, and like any skill, it can be developed.

But the question is... should you invest your time in developing this skill?

So many people are trying to get you to code these days. There are tons of courses online, at universities, and in your city dedicated to helping you code.

Before you take the leap, it's important to understand what are you best at.

Are you organized and amazing at keeping teams on track? You might make a great product manager.

Can you sell ice cream to an Eskimo? You might want to stick with that.

But what if you're still on the fence...

Here's a litmus test for determining if you should learn to code, even just a little bit:

Does your job use Microsoft Excel? You can automate and improve a ton of day-to-day activities with tools and APIs.

In sales? There are ways to generate prospect lists.

Have to communicate with your team via Slack? You can build a bot to check in.

Use a project management tool to help your team stay on track? You can tap into the API to create more customization.

Your coworkers will think of you as a super hero. They'll wonder how you get so much done so quickly.

If you want to experiment, check out Zapier. You can do some pretty cool stuff with zero software development experience.

If you're 100% committed to learning to code and mastering the skill set, then learn. Do it. Dive all in and commit your life to becoming great at it.