14 Dec 2017Previous Page
Understanding how to write code for computers is already one of the most highly-prized skills. There is a multitude of reasons why coding is already playing such an important role in the tech industry here, and why it will continue to be in demand by companies in the foreseeable future. In the following feature, we take a look at why your coding skills will be your biggest asset when applying for jobs in the IT industry:
Code plays such a fundamental part in so many job roles, which is why companies compete so aggressively to hire the most talented coders they can. It isn’t just the companies in the tech sector who benefit from an understanding of coding, with an increasing number of businesses, from accountants to designers, relying on computer code on a daily basis.
For reasons such as those above, an emphasis is being placed on educating the youth of Ireland in this area of expertise. School-leavers, in particular, are being looked at to increase the talent pool in Ireland further. Professor Rory O’Connor, the Head of the School of Computing at Dublin City University, stated: “It’s fair to say that for school-leavers looking to maximise their potential income, few other skills open the door to as many well-paying and varied careers”.
If you feel that coding is not the strongest skill on your CV, it is worth remembering that coding is still in its infancy. In fact, two of the first programming languages to be invented are still utilised today; these coding languages are Fortran (developed in 1957) and Cobol (developed in 1959), although they are used in a narrow context.
And whilst we may be using innovative technologies, programming is only starting its own evolutionary path- making it an exciting time to be part of the coding world. When you look at the fact that TCP/IP (the protocol powering the internet) was introduced as the standard in 1982 and the first iPhone was introduced in 2007, you can see that technology has the capabilities of advancing extremely rapidly. Fifty years from now, coding and programming probably will not be anything like we know it today, so there is still time to work on developing your skills in this area of expertise that is still developing.
While ‘automation’ seems to be buzz words at the moment, it is worth remembering that, ultimately, it is the coders who control what is automated and evolve our capabilities further.
Industries rise and fall as new technologies emerge, but programmers and developers will always be needed. There will always be problems to solve and overcome, which is why a human element will continue to be required. It is the empathetic ability of humans to see when something new should be created that will keep them coding. Additionally, it is extremely rare that a piece of software is built by an individual; there is a team behind it who all have their input, meaning that no two projects are ever the same, and therefore, cannot be replicated.
Big data is currently a key focus in the tech industry. Being able to analyse large sets of data has always been an important yet difficult task to complete. Although we may have far easier access to data in the modern world, it is arguably harder to understand and make sense of it. The answers are all around us, but only those who can speak the language of computers will be able to translate and understand them. Not only is it key to understanding the data, but also in knowing which questions we should be asking to gain further understanding.
These are just some of the reasons why coding is an important skill and will continue to be so in the future. Roles such as Java Developer and C# Developer jobs in Ireland will continue to be of great importance, so if you are interested in vacancies in these areas, why not get in touch with one of our Specialist Recruiters who will be able to help you find the perfect vacancy.