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4 Unexpected Reasons to Learn to Code

No matter what field you’re in, you’ve probably heard at some point that you should learn to code. But is learning programming worth the time and energy? Here at Hack Reactor, we believe that learning to code teaches you countless skills, beyond creating mobile apps and websites.

Here are 4 unexpected reasons to learn to code.

1.      Learning to code boosts your brain power

As with learning a foreign language, learning to code has many cognitive benefits for your brain. Learning a new skill, such as programming, forms new neural pathways in your brain. This concept is called structural plasticity, or neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to change its physical structure as a result of learning.

When you learn a new programming language such as JavaScript or Python, you continue to strengthen these neural pathways – giving your brain a “workout” and helping your brain to resist damage later in life. Memory improvement, longer attention span, and a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline, are just a few of the known positive effects of learning a new language, whether it’s Spanish or JavaScript.

 

2.      You develop creativity and problem-solving skills

Learning to code teaches you to become a killer problem-solver. Before writing any code, programmers must work with other team members to understand the business problem so they can then break down the solution into workable pieces.

When you learn computer programming, you develop a solution-oriented mindset when presented with a problem. You’re sharpening your logic and critical thinking skills – and this solution-driven approach often carries over outside of work into your everyday life. You’ll be able to troubleshoot and invent creative solutions to any problem you encounter.

 

3.    You’ll save time and boost your productivity

Learning programming can help you save time and become much more productive. Once you learn basic programming skills, you can automate basic tasks to help save time and become more effective at work or in your personal life.

For example, you can write little programs to enhance your email and messaging work flow to become more efficient. You can create basic programs to streamline your everyday Excel tasks. You can even learn to write programs that automatically send emails and remotely control your mouse and keyboard – hello, life hacks!

 

4.    Learning one coding language makes it easier to learn a second one

As you begin to learn to code, you’ll find that the acquisition techniques you’re using can be applied to learning additional coding languages as well.

The positive cognitive effects of learning to a new language can train your brain to analyze and process different structures. You’re increasing your ability to replicate the process with multiple languages, whether you’re learning JavaScript or Ruby.

Whether you want to learn to code to aid your career, improve your digital literacy, or simply for your own personal growth and development, there’s no question that the skills you’ll acquire will translate into countless benefits beyond pure programming.

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Ready to learn to code? Check out Hack Reactor’s onsite immersive programs, now offered in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and New York City. Not located in these cities? We also have online full-time immersive and part-time programs that you can complete remotely from anywhere.