100 days of code
One of our Pre-Work assignments is to write a few paragraphs about what we’re excited to learn from the bootcamp and what coding skills will do for our career and life. And that answer was easy. I just look around and listen to my friends and family and see how technology can assist them in whatever they’re doing.
For example: My mom has been working at an accounting firm for over 20 years and I want to find ways to assist her with her work. After I did some research on AI and how automation can help with bookkeeping and other repetitive tasks; that made me curious about learning a backend language like Python. Most of my friends growing up are musicians and artists. Some are playing Carnegie Halls now and touring the world with their musical skills, but most are just scraping by playing dive bars and busking on street corners for lunch money. Same level of chops and musicality, but instead of steak chops and lobster, it’s ramen noodles and wheat toast.
What if I could create a road manager app that can assist independent musicians with touring and at the same time help with marketing and promotions at whatever city they’re in. Or an app that can connect live music fans to their favorite local musicians and be able to support their endeavors and receive merch or drink discounts at their favorite spot, in return. I know too many talented painters and artists working side gigs on weekends while their gallery managers are taking day trips for a bloody mary light brunch. There are more full time gallery owners than there are full time painters making a comfortable living and I see a problem with that. The galleries wouldn’t exist without the art. I think the gallery system is an outdated system that needs to be abolished. Artists can connect with collectors directly now and technology is what’s allowing that to happen. What if there was an app that connects independent artists with collectors, interior designs and patrons worldwide. Why isn’t there a Linkedin for people who just want to paint and make live music? There are so many apps and games being made to enable us to consume, consume, consume and not enough to help us create; in my opinion.
These are just some ideas I have floating around and that’s what drives me to learn how to code. I’m seeing so many ways it can enhance the lives of those around me especially in the art world. It’s such a useful skill to have in this day and age and the more I look into it, the more I see how much of a demand there really is for good coders. I heard something on a coding podcast that I’ll never forget. They were interviewing a bootcamp instructor and he said that Amazon is scaling so fast, in terms of their demand for coders…that they could theoretically hire every single Computer Science major in the U.S. for the next five years and still not have enough coders to fill the jobs. I just thought that was amazing. And that’s only Amazon! What about all of the other big tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, etc.? Not to mention the hundreds of new tech startups popping up every year that need coders.
I heard on another podcast that these tech companies pay so much and hire so often because they have a hard time keeping people. The good coders end up leaving after a few years to start their own biz or they bounce around other tech companies. I’ve seen Google hire a 14 year old programmer and a 50 year old. From what I can gather, these tech companies care more about your portfolio, thought process and your soft skills and not necessarily your college degree or experience. I personally know people who have gotten jobs in silicon valley after just a year of self teaching. And I know I’m a long ways away from an engineer job at Apple, but it’s certainly something to aim for.
It’s a great time to learn code and I’m convinced that anyone can learn anything these days and hopefully I can show this blog as proof, one day.