Learn to code to find your confidence and a new career path.

Do you feel like you’re stuck at your current job?

Spending 40 hours (or more) every week at a job you don’t love is frustrating, but a dramatic career change can be intimidating. Luckily, coding offers a quick pivot to a new career in a fast-paced, high-paying field with countless possibilities.

Coding is a skill in your job toolkit that can make you more competitive in a number of positions beyond traditional developer jobs. Just as graduates who have been trained to write don’t necessarily become writers, so do code school graduates have a host of career options after school. They find jobs in sales, consulting, project management, and more.

However, you need to invest time and money for proper training.

If you’re considering adding ‘learn to code’ to your bucket list, check out these helpful tips that can help you decide if the shift is right for you.

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Look at opportunities that await you after code school

If a career in coding seems intimidating now, set your sights on the opportunities after graduation.  Coding opens doors to lucrative career paths in traditional programming and development roles, and in code-adjacent roles.

Having a deep technical understanding of programming in non-programming positions is rare. Companies are looking to hiring code-savvy people because they get the issues and processes behind development. This insider knowledge, often paired with prior work experience, can make them better leaders and team members.

Some common code-savvy positions that benefit from knowing how to code include project manager, QA, system administrator, sales, consultant, or business analyst. If you’re looking to stay in the Big Sky State, check out the Montana High Tech Business Alliance jobs board for code-savvy careers like these.

If you’re looking for a more traditional programming or software role, Stack OverFlow lists open positions from around the world. Use their salary calculator tool to see what you could be making in one of these traditional careers fresh out of code school.

Read more on our website about traditional and code-savvy careers that code school can prepare you for, such as back-end development, digital marketing, or data analytics.

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Talk with people in the code-savvy community

If you’re not so sure about coding, talk to some folks who are around it every day. With the pace of tech growth in Montana, chances are you know someone right here in the Big Sky State who works in programming or has a code-savvy career.

Montana Code School alumnus Luke Walawander said code school was the right choice for him because he could make a career pivot in a matter of months, as opposed to the years his wife put into graduate school to make her own career change. Luke’s background experience in project management made him a more competitive applicant and a valuable team member as the Director of Ad Operations for LumenAd. Although he’s not in a strictly programming position himself, Luke said coding is a conduit for anyone looking to become more relevant in today’s workforce. He added that the career possibilities after graduation were far wider than he expected going in.

With more than 100 Montana Code School graduates in the world and a strong teaching staff on hand, there are plenty of MTCS folks you can reach out to for advice and more information.

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Dip your toe in the coding pond

Once you’ve chatted with some coders and MTCS alums, it’s a good idea to check out free coding resources online. We’ve written about some of these before, such as freeCodeCamp.org. Taking a few free classes before making the investment in code school courses can save you time and money if you realize coding isn’t for you.

Montana Code School Alumnus Kelsey Iverson gave coding a test run before deciding to enroll. She started the 100 Days of Code Challenge after completing a puzzle game issued by Youtuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober. 100 Days of Code participants are required to code for at least one hour each day and tweet their progress daily. Something clicked for Kelsey, and 60 days into the challenge, she enrolled in a full-time course at Montana Code School. Her first day of code school class happened to be on her final day of the challenge.

For many people, coding and learning how to code are vastly different from anything they’ve done before. Getting a feel for the tools and workflow is vital if you’re considering an investment in coding classes.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to talk more about a shift to a code-savvy career.