Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you likely have some sense of how crucial mobile and web coding has become over the past couple of years. It is no longer a semi-requirement for businesses to have a strong web presence; if you don’t have a cyber existence, you might as well not exist at all.
For this reason, companies are eagerly seeking individuals with experience building websites and web & mobile applications. Having coding skills gives you a one-up over your competition, and allows you to bring one more (and very desired) attribute to the table. Digital skills are desired job skills.
Non-Coding Jobs That Like Seeing Coding Skills
1. Advertising/Marketing Manager
Key skills in this role are blogging, social media management and graphic design. If you can bring knowledge of UX design, HTML, and web compatibility, you will be able to invaluably contribute to your organization’s website design team. When communicating with your development team, you can also use the appropriate terminology and technical jargon to guarantee less redundancies and miscommunication.
2. Technical Writer
Key skills in this role are writing internal documents, generating customer support materials and generating blog content. Having a firm grip on coding will ensure you know what you’re talking about, and connect better with your readers. Industry experts and enthusiasts can pick up quickly if a writer doesn’t know her or his subject.
3. Project Manager (PMs)
Project Managers tend to manage budgets, timelines, large project teams and measurable deliverables. PMs that posses coding skills communicate easier with individuals in technical roles (developers, engineers, QAs) and serve as a powerful link between teams that are not as familiar with tech jargon. They are needed across a wide variety of industries, and tend to coordinate with teams of engineers, designers and upper-level managers.
4. Product Managers
Product managers oversee the full-cycle product development experience, from the early planning stages to execution. Similar to project managers, they communicate and manage large teams of individuals from diverse backgrounds and fields. If you have the technically savvy to clearly communicate what you need to your development & engineering teams, you are more likely to get the product result you require. It is also more likely that you will save time for your whole development team, and be recognized by upper management as being more efficient at task execution.
5. UX/UI Designers
Let me clarify that these two roles are not the same – User Experience (UX) Designers tend to conduct research and design to ensure the delivery of user-friendly products, while User Interface (UI) Designers tend to focus more on the interface, or the appearance of the product. In other words, UX specializes more on the visceral experience of the product, while UX which focuses on the infrastructure of it.
Knowing coding in both roles is invaluable, however, as it can help you understand the logical boundaries and expectations to request from your development team.
6. Analytics Associate
Where to Learn Coding in Toronto
There are plenty of hacking and growth workshops located throughout the GTA, especially within the downtown core. Here are just a couple for you to browse through. In many cases, courses are offered both after work or as 3-month long intensives.