TECH: Want to Boost the Economy and Your Brain Power? Learn Code
That’s right, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how dependent we’ve become on the tech side of pretty much everything in society. Internet addictions aside, research suggests high-tech computer skills will be mandatory regardless of industry. Mobile apps, social networking sites, smartphones, tablets, Web-based tools, gaming, animation, user experience design, statistics, basic algorithms. Programming, in some way, shape or form, touches most aspects of our daily life. No doubt, this has become glaringly apparent in a shaky economy and competitive job market.
The uptick: Don’t be afraid to put critical thinking and problem-solving to good use whenever possible. I’m always on the lookout for resources (especially free) to boost marketable skills _ firsthand experience following a corporate layoff and mid-career reboot. I’ve adapted and recognized the value of learning more about software, computer language and how to code basic script just to manage my blog. These are essentials worth mastering, according to the brain trust at Code.org. Brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi founded the education non-profit “devoted to the vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn how to code.” Computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science and math courses such as biology, chemistry and algebra, the group emphasizes.
As demand for computer professionals rises, it makes sense to be prepared. “You don’t need to raise taxes or cut spending, just educate students so that you don’t have to ship these types of jobs overseas,” Hadi Partovi tells Tech Crunch in a recent article. “This is a national issue. This is our country’s sputnik moment, a call to action. How do we prepare our kids? Our education system hasn’t changed in 150 years, nothing has been added to it. This could be the most important thing we could be adding.”