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The 6 Biggest Ways Learning Code Changed My Life

Chris Sean πŸͺ
Developer Relations Engineer @newrelic / Full-Time Twitch Streamer / Passion for AI/ML / YouTube 90k+ / 🐩 Owner x 2 / Family First
・6 min read
  1. It changed my career
  2. It helped me understand how to learn things in general better
  3. The meaning of "work" shifted for me, and it's mostly positive now!
  4. My social circle changed to be more inclusive of developers and suchlike
  5. I Gained The Confidence To Ask And Find Higher Paying Jobs
  6. The Way I Look At My Dreams Has Changed

1. My Career Changed

I think this is going to be one of the most obvious ones to anyone reading this, but learning code has already changed my career. My old job was in the audio visual industry, and I very much enjoyed the creative aspects of that, but was a dead end postion. So I decided to follow my heart and take the leap into trying out code.

I was hired as a web developer in 3 months. After 5 years in this industry, I not only surpassed 6 figures but am now earning more income than I could have ever imagine.

On top of that, my opportunities are endless now. I could easily go off and do my own business (which I did) or choose to go into any niche or career at this point.

This is a pretty big deal for me. I mean, if you had told me at 27 (when I was living in my car) that I'd be doing what I'm doing now in just 5 years time, not only would I have never believed it, but I would have been incredibly interested as well! It's incredible to think how far I've come.

2. Learning Code Made Me Better At Learning In General

I've always been a naturally curious person, and this caused me to pick up lots of hobbies over the years. One thing that I noticed was how much better I got at learning things in general as they related to my past hobbies.

The ability to learn quickly is something quite few people have, and if you're someone who does want to learn quickly, I'm going to strongly recommend that you consider learning code as a natural progression. It's not easy, but it is definitely worth the time and effort.

The thing about coding is that no matter how much experience you have or where you are in your career, there will always be something new to learn. If the thought of this excites you, then I strongly encourage you to consider learning how to code!

3. The Meaning Of Work Changed For Me

I never knew work could be this much fun and rewarding. For the longest time, I thought of my job as a way to earn money in order for me to live my life. But working in a job that I have creative freedom and time to explore new ideas in has completely changed my definition of work.

I used to think that work was just something you did to make money, but now that I've learned how to code AND found what I truly enjoy doing, it's become something else altogether. My current job is now a place where I can explore my passions, and it helps me continually become better at what I do. I mean, how much better could work possibly get? When your job gives you the freedom to try new things but also carry out your day-to-day tasks in the way that best makes sense to you, then you've hit the jackpot, folks.

4. The Tech Industry Changed My Social Circle

I used to think of tech as this evil industry that sucked up people's time and energy while they weren't giving back anything in return. I used to think this way because I didn't understand the importance of technology and why people would devote their lives to it.

I thought like this because tech had taken away from me in the past, but after learning code & experiencing life as a developer first-hand for several years, my perspective has changed 180 degrees. Now I view technology as an industry that is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

I see it as an active and fluid force in my life that is helping me grow, learn new things, and challenge myself in ways I never though possible.

In addition to all of this, code has allowed me to gain a social circle made up mostly of other techies. Meeting others that have the same passions and interests as you is invaluable and can drastically change your social circle for the better.

5. I Gained The Confidence To Ask And Find Higher Paying Jobs

I have always been someone who was willing to work hard and take on new challenges, but I never really felt comfortable asking for more money.

My way of thinking about this was that if I was hired at a certain rate, then it must be because that's what the company needed me to be paid at. But one day (while learning code), I realized that this wasn't necessarily true, and it opened my eyes to the fact that I could be making more than what I was simply because I asked.

This confidence allowed me to ask for a higher rate when interviewing in tech jobs, and I got offers at much higher rates than my salary had been previously (sometimes up to 100% more!). This was a huge jump in pay, and it had a big impact on my life.

6 The Way I Look At My Dreams Has Changed as a developer

I used to have this dream of one day becoming a a script writer. I always imagined that all my wildest dreams would come true if I could somehow become a successful writer.

As a writer, I'd be able to tell my stories and produce scripts that would entertain people on an international level. I'd get to travel the world and speak at conferences about reading and writing, all while making a living off of something I loved doing.

Well guess what, do get to do all of that now but now as a Developer Relations Engineer. One of the main parts of my job is to travel the world, make friends with developers and speak at conferences!

So now you're probably thinking, "Ok, but seriously though. You get to talk about technology at conferences, and that's pretty lame when compared to writing". But I promise you that there are people out there who would think the same thing if they were in my position. As a developer, I got to take my passion for writing and combine it with my new love of technology (in a way that I'd never imagined possible).

So maybe you don't end up traveling the world to give talks about your code, but whatever it is you dream about doing, there's always ways to get closer to those goals. The tech industry has given me the confidence to believe that nothing is impossible. My dreams really are limitless when I'm willing to work towards them with everything I have.

7 You will always have a job as a software engineer

The tech industry is on the rise, and it shows no signs of slowing down. It's a global force as big as the music industry or the movie industry, and we're all a part of it. Every time there's an app released or someone buys something online, you can bet that a developer somewhere had his or her hands involved in creating it.

The tech industry has created an odd paradox for itself when it comes to employment. Our field is growing so fast that there are more jobs than there are developers to fill them, which means that if you can code then you'll always be able to get a job somewhere.

So don't worry about being unemployed as long as you learn how to write some code!

In Conclusion

Developing my passion for technology has allowed me to follow my dreams, take on new challenges, meet new people, and find a rewarding career that I love. It's an industry that's continuously changing the way we live our lives each and every day. It's ever so important to always stay up-to-date with new technologies and learn the ones that are constantly coming out. It's hard to predict how things will turn out, but these changes bring with them new opportunities for me to follow my dreams and find passions that I never knew existed.

I think it goes without saying that technology is here to stay, so it would make sense for you do give it a shot while you can. So, if you're completely new to coding or know nothing about what a Software Engineer does, don't worry! The resources I've linked below will help you get started. It won't be easy as a beginner, but that's what makes following your dreams so great… it takes lots of work and determination.

So buckle up and get ready to embark on an exciting journey!

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