When I first learned how to code, I was in high school trying to build a website to showcase my amateur photography. I remember sitting in my mom’s office during one of my days off school, googling like a fiend while I tried to figure out how to get all my photographs lined up evenly on the page. Incidentally, one of her colleagues passed by me, noticed what I was up to, and later convinced my mom to buy me the first book she once used to teach herself the basics of web development. 

I ended up going through the book for fun and a year later went to college at Boston University, I decided to continue to explore web development by taking an introductory course. At this point, I was not a computer science major or minor, because well, I didn’t even know what it was. After completing the course, I decided to take more computer science courses and considered a minor, without really knowing what that meant. 

I thought in order for me to learn web development skills I needed to be a computer science minor or major, however, through trial and error, I figured out a computer science minor wasn’t for me. Thankfully, I didn’t let failing a computer science course and changing my minor, stop me from building websites and apps outside the classroom. Through clubs and hackathons, I discovered and learned technical skill-sets that best fit my interests. 

When the time came around for looking for jobs in marketing, my resume stood out from the crowd. I was one of the few students in my class that could talk tech and write code, which helped me land a job before my senior year had even started. 

Alright enough about me, let’s talk about you. 

If you were like me and you’re thinking about learning how to code, I strongly recommend it. You don’t need to be an engineer or a computer science major to develop your technical skill-set. If you want to be in marketing or advance your marketing career, start with a simple course on Codeacademy and see how you like it. 

If you are thinking about pursuing a computer science major or minor, don’t be afraid to give it a try. I ended up dropping my computer science minor and failing a course, and yet I still ended up getting a great job right out of college. 

If you’re nervous about getting started, try attending a beginner-friendly hackathon or using The Bit to find a peer to learn programming skills with you. The mentors and peers you will find in those communities will help get you on the right path to success. 

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About the Author

Fiona Whittington

Fiona Whittington is an entrepreneur, tech geek, and gender rights activist. As a student, Fiona founded The Bit and TechTogether with the aim of combatting challenges facing gender-marginalized groups in STEM education.

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