Can I get a coding job after a coding course?

There’s a short and a long answer to this question.

“Congrats, you’ve got the job!”

Short answer

The short one is: yes, but not everyone can.

Long answer

The long answer explains why not everyone can. Let’s get into it.

Let’s say you don’t know how to code yet, but you are very eager to try it out and you count on getting a job in this field afterward.

So, will attending a coding course help you get a coding job?

As I already said, yes, if the following 3 points are met:

1. You have an engineering mindset

Engineering mindset basically means that you like to solve problems, especially more technical ones. But how can you know if you have it?

Did you like to take your toys apart to see how they work when you were a child? Do you often wonder how things work on the inside?

If you do, there’s a high chance you have an engineering mindset. But often people really can’t say. So the best thing is just to try it out and see. Learning how to code will actually give you this answer.

You have to keep learning new things all the time.

2. You have good working and learning habits

To actually learn to code well, you have to have good working and learning habits. You have to code a lot of (personal) projects to get mileage, which requires working habits. And you also have to constantly learn new things, so you can improve yourself.

And even when you get a job, learning never stops. IT is a fast-evolving field so you have to learn new things all the time. If you are a kind of person that likes to learn new things, you’ll be fine.

3. You actually like coding

It may come as a surprise, but not everyone who has an engineering mindset and good working habits will actually like coding.

As with the engineering mindset, knowing if you’d like coding or not is hard to figure out before actually doing any coding. So just dive into learning to code and you’ll see if it works for you.

“OMG — it works!” :) Do you enjoy figuring something out?

But there’s a catch. It really matters HOW you learn to code. I know a couple of people who learned how to code in school and ended up hating it because their teacher was so awful (usually awful in people-skills).

Or they tried to learn to code via a book that didn’t explain the basics in a beginner-friendly way. So don’t give up on coding too soon — rather find new ways of learning if the current one is not working out for you (I’m speaking from my own experience).

Conclusion

So if you check all these 3 points after finishing a coding course, you have pretty good chances to get a coding job.

But getting a job (any job) is a challenge on its own. It requires a different set of skills, usually less technical and more social. We’ll cover this in one of the next blog posts. Stay tuned :)