Computer programming, also known as coding, is becoming the new literacy skill. We live in a digital generation – every day we are exposed to and are working with technology, for example, whether it is swiping your debit card or using your smartwatch to track your calories to shed those quarantine kilos – trust me we all know the dread – we are using technology. Just like us humans communicate with each other using a language, for example, English, computers have their unique language e.g. Python and that is what learning to code entails. You are learning how to communicate with a computer.
“You do not need to be a genius to learn how to code”
It is like learning a new language – like Mandarin or French – it is accessible to everyone despite what career field you are in, all you need is: patience, commitment, and positivity. This is your journey. Do not let it end. The more effort you put in, the quicker it is for you to see results.
USING CODING TO CREATE A GOLDEN CV… ATTEND CODEDAY!
CodeDay is a non-profit organization that aims to promote STEM education to high school and college students. This is done through having “CodeDay” which is a free event where everybody has the opportunity to come together to build apps and games for 24 hours. This event is open to new and old members of the coding family. Workshops and mentors are available to assist newbies! Do not be shy and take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to gain a new skill, change the world, and impress your LinkedIn profile viewers!
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Furthermore, CodeDay offers online tech internships for everybody – this is called CodeLabs. With this internship, you will be able to work with a mentor from a leading tech company and create a real-world project in four weeks. Dependent on your experience level – there are Beginner Track and Advanced Track options available – note this is not a paid internship, however it is a great and fun golden opportunity to expand your horizons and add onto a CV – you will really impress those recruiters (and yourself)!
CodeLabs occurs every year – this is an event to definitely add onto that bucket list Click HERE! to find out more.
LEARN FROM THE LEADING LIGHT OF THE CODING WORLD – PAST CODELABS INTERN
CIRILL FLORENZ DALANGIN
1. How did you prepare for the program?
I joined a hackathon and found some tutorials on HTML, CSS, and JS. They weren’t directly to prepare for the internship, since it was designed to be beginner friendly, but the preparations really helped me get into the mindset of coding!
2. How long did it take you to prepare?
About a month.
3. Tell us about the application and recruiting process.
I sent an application, and they would send updates about my application, and I received the acceptance about a month later. Once accepted, I chose my top 5 picks on the project I wanna work on, and they later sent an email introducing me to the mentor and the group that I’ll be working with.
4. Why do you think you were selected?
The company was taking in anyone that was willing to learn, and I was able to showcase that in my application!
5. Any failures or rejections (optional)?
My group wasn’t able to finish the assigned project completely, but I intend to continue working on it.
6. Describe your experience in this program. Could be your story. Feel free to write about anything fun, deep, emotional, or motivating! *
I loved it so much! It was my first internship and I was so happy because my mentor was very understanding about our skill level and I had so much fun working with my groupmates. The actual coding was tough though, I’ll admit that there were tears shed because I could not understand what’s wrong with my code, but it gave me good insight on what to expect in an internship and just coding in general.
7. What are some of the tips that you would like to give? *
I’d say take some breaks!! Sure you’re trying to figure out a piece of code and you won’t stop until you succeed, but sometimes taking a step back will actually help you solve that. It will help declutter your brain!! Also attend those cool workshops/events because there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy.
8. Any advice for future applicants in the same program?
Yes the coding aspect is important, but take some time to attend the events too! They host so many fun and interesting events for any age, interest, or skill level.
You are the leaders of tomorrow. Coding opens doors, not only into a company but into your own company – to solve problems occurring in your community. Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, interacted with a computer for the first time at the tender age of 10. From this interaction, a deep interest had transpired within him that led him to further increase his knowledge through reading literature and taking computer science classes. After transferring from a public school to a private school, he learned how to hack through a friend. From them on, this interest and these skills had evolved into something even greater, touching base with his entrepreneurial side, Facebook was created – achieving the global need to communicate efficiently and effectively. Facebook is now a Fortune-listed 100 company. You have the power to achieve your dreams. You have the power to establish the person you want to be. You hold the key as to what you want recruiters to think of you. Use your key to unlock many hidden interests within yourself – grow your interest level and take advantage of the many opportunities Scholarship Track has in store for you!
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