It’s Never Too Early To Learn Coding, And Taking Important Steps In High School Can Help Launch Your Career.
While there are lots of professional options and job titles in the field of information technology (IT), coding fits into a great many of them. The career title of “coder” is a broader term that denotes programmers who create and implement various computer programs using source code.
All of the programs that are run on our digital devices today begin with the thoughts of coders and are built with source code. Even if you decide to take your career in a different direction after high school, learning the skills of coding can enhance your job options and open up doors where they might otherwise remain closed. So, if you are thinking about learning to become a coder while in high school, here are three valuable steps you can take to strengthen your learning and professional pathway.
Step #1: Take Computer Science Classes And Coding Bootcamps In High School
Many high schools (both online and brick-and-mortar) and community learning centers offer computer science classes and coding bootcamps for high school students and local residents. In fact, coding bootcamps and information technology career prep programs are becoming increasingly popular. Choosing these educational options while in high school can not only teach you important skills for the future, but you can also learn through direct experience how you want to continue to shape your career trajectory.
Step #2: Look Into Coding Certification Opportunities While In High School
To take the coding educational experience a little deeper, and to enhance employment prospects further, high school students can consider earning coding certifications, too. Certifications demonstrate proven proficiency within a software program. Some classes and bootcamps offered in high school can lead to the option for certifications. To learn more about this type of experience in high school, be sure to read the student article, “A Computer Science Class Motivated Me To Get Certifications!”
Step #3: Find Coding Internships To Gain Vital Job Experience In High School
Internships are common in many professional fields, and for coding, programming, and computer science, they are reasonably common, as well. Companies of all sizes tend to host paid and unpaid internships for coders, and options can include on-site, hybrid, and remote opportunities. Doing a coding internship while in high school can give you valuable work experience for your resume after graduation.
Whether you choose to go on to college, attend a trade school, take an apprenticeship, and/or become an entrepreneur, getting a strong start on coding classes and internships while in high school can help propel you towards a rewarding career in information technology!
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