Alysha Dominico, CEO and Co-Founder of Tangible Words, does not know how to code. Today she's beginning a weekly journey to learn how to code using Hatch@Home. Follow how her progression with this blog series.
Why Alysha is going to Learn to Code while Adulting:
Last year I came across an article called "Humans Wanted: How Canadian youth can thrive in the age of disruption" produced by a team of RBC Canada's researchers. Their research indicated that problem-solvers and critical thinkers will always be needed - but nearly all other job types are going to start to change.
Like me, you've probably already seen this come true in anecdote. I've heard manufacturers say, "We now need people who not only can work with computers but who are able to maintain, manage and reprogram computers."
So my thinking is, even if you're a critical thinker or problem solver like I am - I suspect we're going to need to understand the technology enough that we can continue with the people who have problems with their technology. Thus, I came to Hatch Coding's website and entered our company, Tangible Words, into the Dev Dragons Coding Competition.
Most of our staff do not yet have families, let alone kids who are reading and writing. I'm even pushing it by introducing my 7 1/2 year old to learn how to read and write code.
But I so believe in #WomenWhoCode and in having more opportunities if you know how to read and write code, that I'm going all chips in.
How She Will Learn to Code
I want to use Hatch@Home as a chance to improve my own skills so that I'm ready for the future of workforce change. I'm going to sign up on the Pricing page and take a look around so I can start setting some goals.
As I explain in the video below, I'm born in 1981. I'm going to be in the workforce a long time. Languages like Java and Python that I'll learn to read on Hatch@Home will continue to code ideas for the next 20 years. I want to understand those building blocks of how to read and write code so that I can bring my other skills to future projects and make a more informed contribution.
I'm not sure what I'm going to be able to do at the end of my learning to code journey. In my video I mention app development - or at least ideation and adjustment. Is that lofty?
To be honest, I haven't set goals, because I don't know what I'm getting into yet. But I know this: I won't know "Zilch. Zero. Zippo" anymore. I'll definitely have progressed and I'll definitely be better for it - I can't walk away from a home training course and know less.
Can someone really go from 0 to Coder?
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