Breaking into the software development industry can be rather difficult. It is difficult to get a job without experience and it is difficult to get experience without a job.
In this video, I talk about how you can get started learning to program and then how you can actually land that first job.
Today I thought I would answer one of the biggest questions that I get all the time. I get a lot of emails asking basically how do I get started in programming or how do I become a software developer. I thought I’d address that question this time.
This is a tricky question. It’s not easy to get started as a programmer or software developer. If you’re already one you can probably recall when you first got started in your career how hard it might have been to break into the field especially this whole experience paradox which basically is if you don’t have experience how do you get experience? How do you get a job without having a job? How do you get experience if you don’t have a job?
There is a way around this. There’s a good way that you can actually get a job without having experience and to build up experience without a job. Now starting off, before we get into that let’s talk about where to get started if you just don’t even know where to start. You want to learn to be a programmer, you want to learn to write code, but you don’t know where to get started.
The best place to get started is to just look around to find some free resources online for learning to code. There’s a bunch of different resources.
I of course do videos for a company called PluralSight and that’s not a free resource, but you can find online training videos for free as well as the ones on PluralSight which are not free, but are usually of higher quality than some of the free things, but you can find these resources online. Just do a search on tutorials for learning C# or learning Java and you’re going to find that. That’s the first place I would start. I would start by actually writing code.
A big mistake that people do is they pick up a book on programming, they start reading through that book and they think they’re going to learn how to code that way. No, the way you’re going to learn how to code, the way you’re going to learn how to program is to start doing it. That’s why I say look for tutorial online because that’s going to be more interactive. You’re going to get started faster. You’re going to be stepping through and doing what they’re doing and learning that way. Now it’s going to be very confusing at first, there’s a lot of moving pieces, there’s a lot of things to learn, but you just have to keep on plowing forward and keep on writing code.
Like I said you’re going to be ahead of a majority of people that are trying to get into the field especially relevant if you’re already-let’s say you’re in QA, you’re a software caster or something like that and you want to switch over to development, start writing code, get an application in the app store, build a web application even. Have a portfolio that you can show that you know how to write code and that you have the initiative to see a project through to its completion.
Well, that’s my advice for you. If you’d like to find out more advice like this definitely don’t forget to subscribe to this YouTube channel but also check out my blog at simpleprogrammer.com and take care.
So, do you wanna know how to start coding? Do you wanna know how to start programming? Your life can literally change if you do this right. Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!
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