Computer Science. The term may sound oddly frightening, but in reality, quite the opposite is true. Without question, society is making the shift towards implementing technology in every industry across the globe– so it makes obvious sense to want to learn a bit about coding and what not. Unfortunately, this is where a lot of curious programmers stop, unsure of where to begin or how to start. Programming may seem complex and difficult to follow–inclusive to only computer wizards–but what most people don’t realize is that anyone can learn computer science.
Where do I begin?
Just like learning a language, computer scientists have to learn syntax and programming languages. Although this may seem like a daunting task, it really isn’t. Some of the most popular programming languages nowadays include Java, Python and Swift– and the great thing about all these languages is that most of the conceptual details are universal across all platforms. If you are completely new to the world of computer science, there are plenty of great resources for you to get started. Scratch is the perfect platform for you to get an understanding of the basics of programming needed to begin writing code.
Once you learn these fundamental skills, there are a plethora of platforms available online for you to start learning how to start writing your own code in any language. These include Team Treehouse, Udemy, and more (check out r/learnprogramming for more).
What are my incentives?
Programming is a universal language, and people who learn the language make over $100,000 a year. As the trend of huge technological advancements and breakthroughs continues, society will need an increasing amount of individuals with core computer science skills. The job market for programmers is growing exponentially, currently at a rate of 17%, yet only one in four high schools teach programming classes like computer science. Technology is our future, and Novus Club is the perfect opportunity for you to learn how to shape that future.