5 Terrible (But Common) Reasons for Not Learning How to Code

September 3rd, 2019

Lauren Mabra

Marketing Coordinator @ Suncoast Developers Guild

You've been interested in learning web development for a while now, but you haven't done anything to get you closer to achieving this goal. You're stuck in those "I'll learn how to code someday" thoughts. That ends today. We most likely know the excuses you're making for not taking on new tech skills and we're here to rebut them.

1. I don't have time

People often find themselves saying that there just aren't enough hours in the day. Between working all day and taking care of family, you feel like you're left with no time to take on any new projects. If you're really determined to change your life and career, it's possible by committing just a tiny amount of your day to learn and practicing code.

With the number of free resources available online, you can even get started today. We'll name a few of our favorites later within this blog. With consistency, you'll be surprised by how much you can accomplish. It's also important to not forget that you will have some days here and there where you may have a little extra free time.

Self-learning is a great option, but it comes with a huge disadvantage of not having support when you hit a wall. Trust us, you will hit walls. We understand that not everyone can attend our full-time immersive boot camp and for this reason, we designed a part-time course for busy people who want to get a feel for web development. The Web Development Test Drive is six weeks long and all classes take place in the evening twice a week.

2. It's too late for me to learn

TV and movies would have you believe the tech industry is filled to the brim with 20-somethings. The truth is far from reality, at least for the industry here in Tampa Bay. In fact, many professionals believe that the emphasis of diversity in the tech industry is one of the biggest reasons it's thriving.

If you're saying it's "too late" to learn to code, having experience and expertise outside of tech can actually give you more advantages when learning how to code than someone who may have less experience. We go more in-depth on this topic and all of the benefits you can reap here.

3. I don't need to learn web development

All companies are becoming tech companies in the modern world we live in. Every business needs a website and most are investing in technology to help automate processes. Learning web development can unlock so many amazing opportunities for you because of the high demand for web developers all over the nation and even the world. Even just knowing the basics could allow you to move up in your current job, potentially earn more, and give you transferable skills.

4. I can't afford it

As mentioned above, there are a variety of resources that you can use to get started on your coding journey:

These are just a few of our favorites that we recommend to people who aren't ready to commit to our program just yet.

If you're someone who's looking to change careers as quickly as possible, self-teaching may not be for you since it can take many years. Our full-time boot camp was designed for people with zero web development experience to become full-stack junior developers within three months. With the full-time program, there's potential to land scholarships, sponsorships from our corporate hiring partners, and you can also finance through Climb. In this program, you'll be equipped with technical skills in addition to full career support. As a student, you also receive soft skill training to make you an extremely valuable asset to your future employer.

Another option is our Web Development Test Drive course that was previously mentioned. This course covers the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Since we're on the subject of finances, this is the perfect opportunity to offer you 40% off using code GUILDIES when registering for the Test Drive class.

5. I don't want to go back to school

Traditional schools typically teach the theory behind code and don’t offer as many practical applications of it. If your goal is to learn web development to be able to use it in your career then it may not be the best idea to go back to college as a computer science major. And here's why...

Often times, people graduate with a degree but no actual experience or practice as a web developer. The best thing that you can do is to just start. The more you actually get hands-on experience and practice coding, the faster you will excel and be able to land a job within the field.

So if you don't want to go back to a traditional school to learn web development then the good news is that you don't have to. You can take advantage of the resources that are available right at your fingertips and pair this with a code boot camp or in-person class to upskill as quickly as possible.


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