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National Learn to Code Day: 5 Great Reasons To Get Involved

National Learn to Code Day: 5 Great Reasons To Get Involved

Ever wanted to learn computer coding, but not sure where to start? Uncertain if it’s suited for you? Or if you’ve got the right skills? Luckily, Ladies Learning Code are here to make things easy, accessible and fun. On September 24th, you can get involved with National Learn to Code Day, the first-ever Canadian event of its kind.

In interactive, beginner-level workshops across the country, Ladies Learning Code will teach computer coding through one of our world’s favourite mediums: games. Here are 5 great reasons to get involved this weekend.

1. Computer coding opens up new opportunities (and pay grades)

Fancy yourself a forward-thinker? It's estimated that by 2020, the number of computer specialist job openings will have exploded! It also doesn’t hurt that a computer science major can earn 40% more than the university average. 

2. Coding is today’s hottest skill

Let’s face it: the pace of digital transformation isn’t slowing any time soon, and neither will the demand for experienced coders. Even having the basics under your belt can help you keep up (or, better yet: stay ahead!) in a competitive job market.

3. Coding is a global language

Coding allows people from all over the world to connect through the common language of coding. For example, coding tool Scratch is currently used in more than 150 different countries and available in more than 40 languages to help users create programs that are understood universally.

4. Coding lets you in to a new community

Like the many friends you could make on National Learn To Code Day!

5. Coding is fun

What could be better than playing a video game? Making one, of course! Coding is the language behind the games, apps and sites we enjoy every day. It’s the language behind the digital products that entertain our modern world, and learning it puts you in the driver’s seat.

To learn more about National Learn To Code Day, and to register for or request a workshop near you, visit: http://ladieslearningcode.com/codeday/2016/

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