How to Start a Career in Technology

How to Start a Career in Technology

This post is for you if you’re just starting out in technology and aren’t sure which path to take.

Don’t worry if you’ve begun learning but aren’t sure which programming language or tools to use; we’ll go over that here.

And, if you’ve ever wondered how many tutorials you should read to become a better coder, we’ll cover that as well.

Let’s start with deciding on a programming language. Then we’ll look at how to get the most out of tutorials in order to improve your programming skills.

What is the first programming language I should learn?

Almost everyone you know in technology today has asked this question. There are a number of design tools, writing tools, programming languages, frameworks, and other resources available in the technology profession. All of this makes making decisions difficult, if not impossible.

So, to begin, let’s address one of the most important questions: which programming language should you study first?

“Learn any language you desire, and the others will become easy to learn after that,” is the most popular response to this issue. I completely agree with this response.

It can still be tough to choose one at random at times. Here are a few points that will assist you in making your decision.

Pick a programming language that interests to you

If you’re interested in the subject you’re studying about, you’ll probably learn faster. As a result, you should consider what your technical interests are.

First and mainly, this will assist you in selecting a language that is compatible with your skills. Second, it will make learning easier and more enjoyable. Most significantly, you will have a hard time giving up.

If you’re interested in hardware, for example, you might look at languages like C/C++, Python, MATLAB, Java, and others that help you develop robotics.

If you’re interested in animation, seek for a language like CSS, JavaScript, or Python that is commonly used for animation.

If you enjoy aesthetics, design or frontend development with technologies like Figma, Adobe XD, CSS, PhotoShop, and others may be for you.

If you enjoy writing, consider technical writing or documentation, which requires the use of tools such as snipper for image capture, Photoshop for image editing, Grammarly for proofreading, and a markdown editor fo

If you enjoy aesthetics, design or frontend development with technologies like Figma, Adobe XD, CSS, PhotoShop, and others may be for you.

If you enjoy writing, consider technical writing or documentation, which requires the use of tools such as snipper for image capture, Photoshop for image editing, Grammarly for proofreading, and a markdown editor for content formatting.

If you’re interested in animation, seek for a language like CSS, JavaScript, or Python that is commonly used for animation.

Select a programming language based on its user community

The majority of popular programming languages have a sizable community. These are people who work in that field and use the language on a regular basis; if it’s open source, they may even work on or contribute to it.

The size and strength of the community impacts how many contributions are made to the language and how much help you can get if you run into problems.

If you’re learning a language like Python, which has a huge and active community, you won’t have to wait long for a bug to be resolved if one is discovered.

Because JavaScript and its supporting frameworks or libraries have such a huge community, there are a plethora of packages created by members of that community to make developing apps with it more easier and faster. This also implies that the language will be remembered for a long time.

PHP didn’t used to have frameworks, but users and fans of the language constructed them nevertheless, such as Code Igniter and Laravel. Other developers created packages that you can simply add to your code to get a lot done in a short amount of time.

Another advantage is that you will be able to network with a large number of people who share your interests. You can learn not just about the language but also about opportunities in the surrounding area if you have a good network.

In general, a community of 10,000 people has a higher chance of helping you than a community of 1,000 people.

Based on job availability, pick a programming language

Unless you have a specific project in mind or operate as a freelancer, you should concentrate on learning a language that is used by a large number of firms, particularly those in your area. This is an important factor to consider when looking for a developer job.

As a result, you might want to inquire about which languages are used by the companies where you want to work.

If the majority of the firms you want to work for use JavaScript, for example, learning JavaScript is a good idea.

Based on your experience, pick a programming language

Your educational background may also play a role in determining which programming language you should study. If you study a programming language that is connected to your background, you will find it easier to learn and grow faster.

If you have a background in statistics and analysis, for example, learning programming languages like Python and R will be more appealing. Design and frontend web development may appeal to you if you have a background in creative art.

Select a programming language based on your tenacity

Every developer should endeavor to be patient, tough, and resilient. You’ll have to endure through a lot of challenges while learning to code.

And some programming languages require a greater number of these features than others.

As a result, you might want to consider the following questions:

“Am I in a rush to find work?”

“Am I a new comer in the field of technology with no prior programming experience?” or “Am I the kind of person that gives up a little more easily?”

If you responded “YES” to those questions, or if you simply want to take it gradually, you should begin with a language that is clearer and easier to grasp before moving on to a more sophisticated language.

For example, if you’re switching from frontend to backend web development and already know or learned JavaScript, Nodejs will be easier to learn because it’s based on the JavaScript syntax.

This will allow you to concentrate more on studying backend code structures, database relationships, and other related topics. Things would be more difficult at first if you stepped right into PHP, Java, or Python (which have completely different syntax).

Then, if you later decide to learn another backend language, it will be even easier because you have already worked with one. As a result, you can now concentrate solely on learning the syntax of the new language.

If you keep these five points in mind while choosing a language to learn, you will most likely find it much easier to navigate.

But, once you’ve decided on a language, there’s another important concern that many novice programmers have: “How many more lessons do I need to complete to become a better programmer?” That question is addressed in the following section of this article.

How many coding lessons should you take?

That question has an answer: tutorials alone will not make you a better coder. To become a professional programmer, you don’t need to follow tutorials. Continuous practice is all you really need.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t watch tutorials; nonetheless, no amount of watching tutorials will turn you into an expert.

Programming is similar to everything else you do in life. You don’t learn by only looking (that is, by only studying theory), but by doing as well (that is, continuous practice).

You cannot learn to drive by simply watching someone else drive.
You don’t learn to cook by watching someone else do it.
You can’t learn to do something by watching someone else do it.

Let me explain: You receive an instruction and read or watch it, depending on the situation. You see the instructor perform everything step by step and it appears to be really simple – so you believe you can do it and tell yourself, “When I need this, I’ll turn to this tutorial,” and then you move on to another video.

Okay, that’s OK. We understand because many of us have done the same error!

You must practice all the time, just like that teacher. Following is what will happen if you practice:

  • You will run into bugs (issues) — programming is all about addressing difficulties.
  • You go through the agony and delight of resolving the issue.
  • When you’ve finished, you’ll have gained a lot of knowledge and become a better programmer.

My Recommendation – How to Start a Career in Technology

  • Understand the fundamentals of programming (any language of your choice).
  • Pick a project (it might be anything from a TODO app to a blog, a portfolio, or a geo-search app — here and here are some beginner-friendly JavaScript and Python project ideas to get you started).
  • Make a plan for how you’ll develop the app (for example, how the front-end (UI) will look, how the databases will be related or connected, how the back-end will work, and so on).
  • Set a reasonable deadline and work toward it (this is critical since it keeps you motivated because you can tell when you are moving quickly or slowly).
  • Always use documentation (don’t try to study everything in the documentation; instead, focus on what you need to finish the project you selected).
  • Remember to use Google Search and YouTube, especially if you encounter bugs (Most problems you will run into have been faced by someone and documented online).

Conclusion – How to Start a Career in Technology

It is not simple to break into the computer industry, but with hard work and perseverance, anyone can succeed. In this article, I’ve discussed five points that can assist you in deciding how to begin learning.

It’s worth noting that the qualities listed in point five can be developed or improved through time. So, if it doesn’t come smoothly, don’t give up!
To become a professional programmer, you will need this. Build a lot of projects and use tutorials to assist you better comprehend concepts or challenges you encounter. We’ve all made this mistake before, therefore learn from our mistakes.

Don’t worry if you’re having trouble learning your first language. It’s possible that it’s because you haven’t been constructing anything. So make something, anything, fix bugs, and if you wish, write about what you’ve learned. All of this will aid your development as a programmer.

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