O2 interview with CF:G Programme manager Clarice Hilton - An expert perspective: how to get started in coding
Our programme manager @Clarice_Hilton recently talked to O2 about why individuals in small businesses might want to learn how to code. A few extracted questions below, and you can read in full on the O2 blog here.
Knowing how to code opens up a whole world of possibilities: you can build (or help to build) your company website, customise its design and manage any updates. We caught up with Clarice Hilton, programme manager at Code First: Girls, to get her perspective on the importance of coding for small businesses.
Why is it so important for businesses (both big and small) to equip themselves with coding skills?
In every area of business, technology is being created. Businesses that don’t educate their staff in these areas risk falling behind in their field. Having a basic understanding is important to be able to talk with developers in a meaningful way.
I have a friend who’s not very technical, who created an app and website that give you information about cheap things to do in London. Because he didn’t have much of an understanding of tech, he asked his developer to create something that they weren’t happy with at the end. Basically, he found it difficult to communicate what he wanted and didn’t understand the limitations or time constraints – there was just a mismatch in understanding. Having a basic understanding means briefing someone to do something is far easier.
And how has learning to code changed your attitude to tech?
There’s something about building something that’s so satisfying. I’ve done the courses myself – each one leads up to a competition using the skills you’ve learnt over the course to build a website. In my python course, my team created a website to find the middle meeting point between two addresses and recommends places for you to go in that location. At the beginning of the project it was daunting; we were getting a bit confused about different APIs and then we suddenly had that ‘Eureka!’ moment – it all worked and suddenly it was returning something. It was one of the most satisfying moments I’ve ever had. Building something that works and has a function is incredibly fulfilling.
Great job Clarice!
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