Deciding to learn software development didn’t happen overnight (super powers must be developed). It started when I first pressed [Enter] to execute a program in a 6th grade science fair competition and more recently morphed into my dream to establish a foundation to teach basic computer knowledge and coding to underprivileged and economically disadvantaged people. My original focus was to help domestic helpers in Singapore elevate their income and job opportunities; I have broadened my focus to also include a domestic platform here in the US geared toward helping low-income women and at-risk youth. By becoming a coder myself and learning Full-Stacked Web Development at the Flat Iron School, I will have gained firsthand knowledge of the all the challenges facing potential instructors and students in the foundation. While the future foundation is a primary motivator in my coding ambitions, it is far from the only one. There are many more healthily selfish reasons which include:
The day I started to learn coding is the day I decided to accelerate my path to relevancy. My career as a research analyst in the age of AI, Big Data and IoT is becoming irrelevant and perhaps worse, redundant. Tech is reinventing labor every day and staying relevant is like embracing change at its core, enhancing your agility to move forward and adapt to sudden changes both in and out of the corporate world. I liken it to taking yoga and mindfulness classes, it’ll take a while to get those mental muscles toned but believe me, it’ll make our lives (and more importantly my life) better.
Creative Solutions to Real-World Problems
I find coders to be some of the most creative and technically capable people on the planet. Emboldened and impassioned, Coders are at the forefront of solving real issues like climate change, healthcare challenges and global hunger. Coding tribes are consumed with the process and methods that will simplify and enhance the lives of everyone… and while there is a good living to be made, there is also a tremendous sense of altruism, idea sharing and open source activism, or as I call it, code philanthropy.
Borderless Community is Fun
There are no borders in tech. I might be in a remote part of the world but Coding is my universal language. Because it celebrates openness and accountability, coding is an important agent in democratizing innovation and knowledge. The community’s open source culture on share to learn and learn to share does not only sustain peer to peer motivation and competitiveness with like-minded individuals but it also serves as organic growth drivers on these communities. Coding allows me to be more observant and articulate regarding my immediate surroundings, and the ability to leave them and go somewhere else should I desire - where I can make a more immediate and lasting impact because of my skills.
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