Facts and myths about programming

21 February 2022

Fact: Programming can be learned at any time in life

Undoubtedly, you can start learning programming at any time and any person, regardless of education. Both a person who graduated from high school and a white collar or blue-collar worker, as well as a university graduate. The most important thing is to be motivated, know English and be willing to learn. It is often seen that middle-aged and even older people who have decided to change their professional lives enrol in programming courses. Age is not an obstacle in learning to code, and whether a given person will stay in this industry and will feel great in it is an individual predisposition and determination in the will to change life.


Myth: All programmers are loners

Programmers are completely wrongly called introverts. It is undisputed, however, that when writing code or application, he becomes reticent and very focused on what he is doing. In private life, he is usually a very sociable person and open to everything and everyone, and the conversation with him is full of expression and positive energy. Work in the IT industry is based on logical and analytical thinking, and above all, on maximum concentration on the activities performed. Programmers, as well as other employees in other industries, are different. So there are both reticent introverts and talkative extroverts.


Fact: A programmer’s job is continuous learning

During the programming course, you gain theoretical and practical knowledge, but in order to really achieve a lot in this industry, you need to constantly develop and deepen your skills. New updates are appearing at an unprecedented pace, new programming languages ​​are arriving, and the clients themselves put more and more demands on coders. Therefore, in order to be really up-to-date and to do a great job, a good specialist must constantly improve his qualifications, follow industry news and devote a lot of time to personal and professional development.


Myth: A programmer is a mathematician

Mathematics is needed in some positions in the IT industry, because it is probably necessary when creating algorithms, but generally the programmer does not need to know or remember complicated mathematical formulas and rules. He also does not have to have a 6 on the school-leaving certificate for this subject. The ability to think logically and analogously is absolutely sufficient.

Fact: Programming requires knowledge of English

In order to move freely and take part in programming courses, it is even necessary to know English at the B1 / B2 level. Knowledge of this language will not only enable you to learn, but also facilitate the creation of your own applications, not to mention contacts with clients or colleagues. English is now practically a necessity in various professions, but above all in international corporations.


Myth: A programmer is an IT specialist

It can be seen many times in various articles that the word developer replaces the word IT specialist. In practice, not every IT specialist is a programmer and vice versa. In the course of education in a programming school, participants are presented with information on how to create an application or how to write code, and they are not taught how to expand the computer memory through a memory chip, or how to format a disk. It should be remembered not to equate IT with a programmer, because there are fundamental and visible differences between these professions, and a mistake in naming is extremely irritating for both parties.


Fact: Programmers make a lot of money

Indeed, most developers get a high salary. However, it should be noted that people who are just starting their adventure with coding receive not very encouraging amounts. During the internship and trial period, in which the programmer broadens his knowledge, the possibility of higher earnings is only beginning to draw. The IT industry is definitely an employee’s market, and earnings come on their own with time.


Myth: A programmer must have a bachelor’s degree

Many programmers do not have a university degree, not to mention the IT faculty. Many great programmers in education are humanists or sociologists, and some even only have a high school diploma. So, according to what was written at the beginning of the articles, anyone who wants to become familiar with programming has an open door to learning and career.


The facts and myths described above are of course some of the long list. However, this does not change the fact that the profession of a programmer is a profession highly valued in the era of the Internet and digitization, and well-trained programmers are worth their weight in gold.

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