Why Learning Code is Fundamental to the Future of Work

Coding is the way of the future. Simple. The technology industry already feels the full force of the emerging wave of innovation and it’s going to hit twice as hard in the next 3–5 years. While ‘disruption’ has become the throw-around buzzword, every industry nervously awaits the next move, as start-ups and technology eat their way into the existing workforce.

Everyone loves to cite these examples of ‘disruptive innovations’:

  1. Uber turning the taxi industry on its head
  2. AirBnb becoming the go-to hotel and accommodation service
  3. Robots replacing traditional construction workers (i.e. building towers in just 19 days!)
  4. Autonomous cars will become widely available over the next 10 years (aka there won’t be a need for Uber or taxis anymore!)
  5. Banks have started to feel the power of fintech startups
  6. Food will become available all over the world — finally ending the wicked plague of starvation many nations face

This is only a taste of what’s to come… but, how did it all get started?

Learning to code, that’s how! People like you and me have created these amazing technologies.

Based on these changes, what should we expect in the future? We will need to be a more technological force. The 8 industries below have already started to feel the impact of disruptive technologies, and it appears there’s no sign of slowing down.

Want to join the ride? The first step is learning to code. With Coder Factory’s free workshops, short courses, and fast-track coding bootcamp, you have the chance to become the next big innovator in these industries…

1. Fashion

The future of fashion is ‘code’,not ‘couture’. The fashion world is changing like never before with digital innovations, not only making fashion more productive, but scalable in offering and accessibility worldwide. Despite the fashion sector still not catching up to speed with other industries, it has experienced significant growth in digital innovation in the last 10 years.

One of our students, Teighan, exemplifies a fashionista who saw coding as an innovative opportunity in the fashion industry. With the fashion industry sector expected to grow from $1.2 trillion to $2 trillion by 2018, Teighan certainly took the right step to grab a slice of the pie.

2. Sports

The world of sport has experienced technological innovation for a few years, including devices like wearable tech and smartwatches, as well as software applications such as team apps, Fantasy Sports, and eSports. According to Pivotl, 2016 will be the year of fantasy sport start-ups, which is estimated to be a $10bn market.

There’s no slowing down in sight for the industry either, with an estimated $1.2bn in venture capital funding heading its way. But, will even the coaching industry be disrupted? Can we use technology to change the way players and coaches interact for improved performance? If the answer is ‘yes’, our student Anna has a strong chance at making it happen:

3. Media

Digital innovation has been bubbling in the media industry for a very long time — I mean, you’ve heard the term ‘digital media,’ right? We all watch TV and streaming services such as Netflix and Stan. But, what about the world of multimedia journalism? According to Gartner, by 2018, 20% of all produced content will be automated. Will we need jobs in the media when algorithmic computers can elect when the best time to run an ad or article is? Will we see a big decline in journalists with computers taking over?

Emma, a former Coder Factory student, has experienced firsthand the advantages coding can bring to the media and broadcasting industries. Now, she’s moving into the land of opportunity!

4. Financial Services

The fintech revolution is here! You’ve seen it crop up all over the press, and the best thing yet, consumers are the real winners in this game. Investments into fintech start-ups recently quadrupled, growing from just over $3bn in 2013 to more than $12bn in 2014 — and shows no sign of slowing down.

Learning to code with Coder Factory has enlightened Arunava to how his job in financial services will improve with streamlining and automation. The future is now looking bright for Arunava!

5. Arts & Creative Industry

You’re most likely thinking, “Seriously? How can tech disrupt art?”.

While technology may never replace the artist (or maybe it will), tech offers artists a platform to showcase their works to the world. What’s even more incredible is the ability for artists to access various platforms where they can make their art readily available to the world, while also tapping into the necessary resources to build successful businesses. Some of these opportunities include: crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, hosting gallery events with Eventbrite, booking freelance gigs via Behance and Dribbble, building industry connections with Artsicle, and even creating independent shops using Etsy.

Art and technology go hand-in-hand after all. Daniel, a Coder Factory community member, now sees the light at the end of the artist’s tunnel, so to speak, with the creative opportunity to become a developer. Be sure to watch this space in the coming year…

6. Retail

Etsy, Shopify, Amazon, ShowPo, Warby Parker — the list never ends… With over $2bn of venture capital put into the e-commerce start-up space last year, it seems there’s no better time than now to get involved.

Building an online store has become super simple. (Even grandma can do it!) With the likes of Shopify and Etsy, you can launch a new business in just a few hours. However, what is going to make your store stand out amongst all the clutter? Cue coding. The differentiator lies in customisation. While fashion guru Peter enjoyed the laid-back Coder Factory environment, the skills he acquired to improve the retail industry take first place.

7. Education

The intersection between education and tech has grown into a mega popular industry with one powerful mission — to make education affordable and accessible to everyone worldwide. Education is a basic human right that remains withheld from too many, and technology has proven itself as a revolutionary mechanism increasing the scalability of education resources… and even the way technology itself is taught.

Great examples include Khan Academy and Codecademy. With a combined total of over 30 million students on these two sites alone, imagine if there were more sites like this… How can we make sure all these sites reach 100 million students globally?

Chau has certainly seen this opportunity for technological advancement in education and realised how coding skills can be used to improve not only the industry, but the lives of deserving school children around the world.

8. Upskilling Across All Industries

So, what about all the other industries? What about all the other people losing their jobs due to the rapid expansion of technology? How can we help these people?

Learn to code! As we’ve seen from these disruptive technologies, coding is the language of the future, and quickly becomes the key to viability. Many of our students like Mark love their jobs, but acknowledge that the rapid prevalence of disruptive technologies are swallowing jobs whole. Will Mark’s banking job become redundant? Hopefully, Mark will not have to worry, as he heads down the exciting path of coding…

By Dan Siepen

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