The Next Big Career Option You Should Be Considering
With more women in tech dominating Silicon Valley, suddenly being a computer geek is chic. Thanks to high-profile, powerful, and stylish female CEOs like Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, the sector is back in the spotlight and more desirable than ever. It’s sparked a new movement, encouraging young women to take up coding and computer programming. Even Obama is behind the push, and now the tech trade is getting a runway-worthy reboot thanks to supermodel Karlie Kloss and her #KodeWithKarlie scholarship.
So if you’ve been thinking about a career change or deciding on what course to study at university, take note of these compelling seven reasons to consider coding.
The equal-pay debate continues to rage, but in the meantime, women still have the opportunity to earn more money in computer-related careers. Entry-level salaries can range between $80,000 and $100,000, so what are you waiting for? Click your way to a more powerful position that affords you everything on your wish list.
By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer-related roles, but if the current U.S. graduation rates are anything to go by, two-thirds will be left vacant or outsourced. Learn to code, and ensure you have a voice and a stake in what the world looks like now and in the future.
The next generation of tech-savvy toddlers is growing up so fast, but learning code will give women a chance to keep up with their kids. We don’t really know what our children’s future will look like, but we can help support them along the way and assist their education if we understand the technology behind it.
Coding is done on a computer, and thanks to modern technology, pretty much all desktop operating systems are now mobile. So technically you can work from anywhere, right? Since the tech industry is renowned for innovation, most of your bosses will be forward-thinkers and open to the idea of a more flexible schedule. In fact, many computer programmers work online from home. This is great news for parents who want to work but still have time for family, too.
In a fast-paced world, smartphones have become a necessity for life. They’re our camera, wallet, bank, diary, portable office, entertainment, and shopping mall all in one sleek device. So imagine having the skills to create this type of technology that helps to run our lives. You could be the next woman who develops a new app or smart device that changes the way we live, improves our health, increases productivity, or helps bring people together. Wouldn’t that feel amazing?
When Karlie Kloss started rallying girl recruits to learn code, the first thing we noticed was her honest excitement. We’re not used to seeing models promoting computer science as fun or cool, but from what we’ve been reading, coding is actually really creative and a great medium for self-expression. As people who create stories every day using words, we think creating new technology using a combination of words and numbers actually sounds like a lot of fun. So will you give it a try?
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Are you interested in learning to code? What other fields would you like to see more women working in? Tell us in the comments below.
Opening photo: Kayla Seah of Not Your Standard