When the opportunity for me to join a web development course at BrainStation came up, it was one I couldn’t pass on. The way technology is affecting our every-day lives, I’m a firm believer that everyone should have a basic understanding of web development, whether you’re in the tech space or not.
Coming from a financial background, there are a lot of areas of our business that I’m able to speak to. Whether it’s forecasting, creating budgets or raising funds, I’ve had the experience in my professional life that I’m confidently able to work with our team and/or investors.
When it comes to building our web platform, architecting or designing, I generally take a high-level approach in discussions and then let the team take care of the rest. Knowing to speak this foreign language will allow me to be a lot more involved in the next build and give me a huge leg up when walking into the next investor meeting.
I’m looking forward to the challenge. Coding is based on algorithms and algorithmic thinking, so learning to program allows your mind to think in a new way and adds to the way you solve problems day-to-day. In Steve Jobs’ Lost Interview in 1990, he said, “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”
Twenty-five years later, Jobs’ quote is truer than ever. As computers are in our every day lives, learning to code will allow my mind to think in these different ways. I fully expect that coding will help my professional life become more efficient and organized while sharpening my problem solving skills. Whether I’m talking to our devs and designers, or talking about A/B testing with the marketing team, having a grasp of the core functionalities of programming and the basics of the web will allow me to more efficiently communicate with the team.
Web development is going to be a serious challenge but one that I’m looking forward to tackling. Week one at BrainStation is just a few weeks away and I’m excited to see what I’ll be able to build by the end of the course.