In January we suggested a New Years Resolution for graduate job seekers: learning to code. With coding gradually being introduced into the school curriculum, it is becoming an increasingly handy skill in the workplace. Understanding how to produce a professional newsletter, edit a website, or creating a website design are just some of the tasks you can undertake with some basic coding knowledge

Was coding your resolution this year? if so, 4 months in: how are you getting on? 

With learning any new skill it can be really hard to get started.  

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Here are 5 tips to get you started…

1. Use online tools
The internet is full of online courses to start you on your way. Inc.com have created a great list of places to learn to code for free as well as some recommended paid courses. Ask yourself: how much time and money am I willing to invest in this new skill and what do I want the end result to be? This will help you choose the right course for you. If you only want to learn very basic coding, take free taster courses to get started. 

2. Practice
Like learning a new language, practice makes perfect. Set yourself individual challenges like making a basic webpage and allow yourself the to play around and be creative. This enables you to understand how this new language works. 

3. Start from the beginning
There are numerous languages, it is best to start by learning one as this teaches you the process of learning a programming language. Python or Java Script are considered beginners languages and are a good place to start.

4. Use tools
If you’re teaching yourself it can sometimes be difficult to see where you’ve gone wrong. Programming sites such as Stack Overflow are open forums where you can post programming questions, whatever your level. 

5. Network
There’s no need to learn alone. The motivation of others can be an excellent tool to learning. There are a number of Facebook groups and Meetup events you can join which can provide you with a community of support.

Good luck!

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