CPD – Helpful tips to improve your Coding Skills

CPD – Helpful tips to improve your Coding Skills

12 Feb 2024

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Learning new skills and staying ahead in the field of coding is important for both personal and professional development. The benefits of updating coding skills can include improved job performance, increased earning potential and a diversified range of employment and career options. In this CPD article, we will explore effective ways and tips you can utilise to enhance your coding skills.

What is Coding and why is it important?

Although coding has become a familiar term to many, there can be some confusion about what exactly it entails. Coding, or programming, is the process of creating instructions for a computer to execute. These instructions or code can range from simple commands to complex algorithms. Coders, or programmers, use their expertise and knowledge of coding language to write, test, and debug code - creating websites, software applications or other computational solutions. Coding is a fundamental skill in the field of computer science and is integral to the advancement of technology.

Key benefits of improving your Coding Skills

Coding is an area that lends itself to continuous learning. With constant advancements in technology, and therefore the possible applications and achievements through coding, it is vital to keep these skills up to date. Even if you are not currently working in the field of coding or programming, having basic skills in coding language such as html, JavaScript and SQL can greatly enhance employment prospects. In addition, there are other important reasons to regularly update coding skills.

  • Enhanced Career Opportunities: Including coding skills on your CV can make you stand out from the crowd, even if it’s not the main focus of your job. People who possess transferable technical knowledge and capabilities within their particular field are valued by potential employers. Coding is an in-demand skill across industries and will improve employment prospects.
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Many people are looking to start a business, have a personal passion project alongside their job, or even an idea they would like to further pursue. Having the ability to code - and therefore create websites, make working prototypes and understand technical requirements - can be extremely beneficial and cost effective towards achieving these aims.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: The ability to code fosters an analytical and logical mindset. It develops the capacity to break down bigger problems into smaller, more manageable components in order to find a solution. These problem-solving skills are hugely valuable and transferrable to many personal and professional situations.
  • Effective Communication: Learning how to code and regularly updating these skills can help achieve effective communication between teams within organisations. Technical specialists can often be remote workers based in various locations, and therefore, learning and developing coding skills can bridge the gap between technical and non-technical professionals. This facilitates better overall communication within an organisation and ensures wider objectives are successfully met.
  • Understanding Technology: In order to explain something effectively, it is necessary to understand how it works. In an increasingly technology centric work environment, having a basic knowledge of code can help you understand the tools and systems used in the workplace. Gaining this knowledge will not only enable better collaboration with IT professionals within an organisation, but will also allow you to have a wider insight into the effects of technology within a particular industry. This can improve overall competitiveness and relationships with customers and stakeholders.
  • Efficiency through Automation: Coding skills will enable you to automate repetitive tasks and streamline workflows. For a small business owner, for example, implementing these skills can reduce costs and allow more time to push a business forward strategically.
  • Innovation and Creativity: Coding can encourage a creative approach to problem solving. This ‘outside the box’ thinking can be applied to different areas of a job role and help navigate an ever-changing work landscape.
  • Data Analysis: Many professionals across industries deal with data. Knowing how to code can allow you to organise and analyse data more effectively. This can be especially helpful in extremely data driven fields such as finance or marketing.
Automate repetitive tasks and streamline workflows

Examples and simple ways to enhance your Coding Skills

1. Take a CPD Coding Course

Technology is changing at a rapid pace and moving with this change is paramount in order to future proof skills and career development. The ethos of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and coding work hand in hand, as an effective understanding of coding requires a commitment to constant improvement and lifelong learning.

It is valuable to focus on developing coding skills as part of your ongoing CPD. Taking an accredited CPD coding course will give you peace of mind that you are learning from experts in the field and that any training undertaken has been assessed to a professional level.

2. Join Coding Communities

Online communities and forums offer users the space to seek advice, share knowledge and collaborate with others. Real world coding communities often have in-person meet ups and can focus on developing a project - for example, a new website or app for a local charity. It’s a great way to be a part of something bigger, give back to your local community and update your skills at the same time.

3. Take Mathematical Quizzes and Games

Coding tasks can involve mathematical concepts. By strengthening your maths foundation, you may as a result become more confident with coding skills. Algorithms, algebra and statistics will all be useful as a basis to develop and build a stronger understanding of coding.

4. Contribute to Open Source Projects

Collaborating and contributing to open source projects on well-known platforms will allow work to be exposed to others, add practical experience to your professional CV, and become more accustomed to collaborative workflows.

5. Read Coding Books and Documentation

Reading resources by industry authorities will provide in-depth knowledge about frameworks and coding language. This can help you understand the principles and nuances of different programming languages as well as apply best practices.

6. Use Tutorials, Blogs and Newsletters

By signing up to newsletters, reading blogs and following tutorials you will learn from experienced programmers. This provides practical tips and insights and should also enable you to keep up with the latest tools and trends relevant to your interests.

7. Update your Programming Language Versions

It is important to stay up to date by consistently staying informed about programming language being used to take advantage of their full potential. Changes and improvements are constantly being applied, so it is essential to build on coding skills over time. Failure to continually maintain updates and skills can make the learning curve steeper.

8. Take Part in Competitive Coding

Taking part in online competitive coding platforms will hone speed, accuracy and efficiency - preparing you for technical interviews and assessments. Coding bootcamps can enhance skills through immersive, project-based learning experiences designed to quickly build proficiency in programming languages and frameworks.

Where can I find CPD Coding training courses?

Established in 1996, The CPD Certification Service is the world’s leading and largest CPD accreditation organisation working across all industries. There are a wide range of providers offering various CPD activities which may be beneficial for those wanting to learn or improve coding skills.

Within the CPD Courses Catalogue, there is a comprehensive range of coding courses, educational events, eLearning programs, conferences, workshops and seminars which have been formally CPD certified. To find out more about a particular CPD course listed on our website, please complete an enquiry form and the details will be sent directly to the relevant CPD provider.

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We hope this article was helpful. If you are looking to provide training courses and events that may be suitable for Continuing Professional Development, please visit the Become a CPD Provider page or contact our team to discuss in more detail.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a free online CPD record tool to help manage, track and log your ongoing learning, as well as store your personal training records and attendance certificates in one simple place, please visit the myCPD Portal page.

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