Coding is the new literacy standard of the 21st century. Learning your ABCs was enough to compete in the market in 20th century, but today you also need Java, Ruby, C# or C++. Unfortunately, this statement doesn’t make sense to many corporates and their personnel as they don’t see the relevance of coding for their everyday jobs. The TV stereotype remains: the computer programmer is a bespectacled, introverted man who spends his entire existence glued to a computer screen listening to questionable music on his headphones and playing computer games when he’s not coding.
I don’t subscribe to that stereotype. For me, coding is not rocket science, but a problem-solving approach that can be mastered by everyone. My name is Aniqa Binte Alam. I am studying Computer Science and ICT at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh and currently interning at FTI Consulting. Coding is really nothing but the application of logic, and as long as you can solve logical problems, you can code. But more than that, practice at coding helps develop problem-solving skills. Another colleague, Vladimir Beroun is an example of that. A Senior Consultant, he believes his coding skills help him in his consultancy profession. He says that basic coding skills “can help you develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, and also understand the basics behind computer technology, making your job easier”.
Technology is now in all aspects of our daily lives and industry is also digitally transforming. It is envisioned that the EU will face a significant shortfall of almost one million ICT professionals by 2020 if it does not take action now. To keep pace with the upcoming demand we need to develop the technical skills required. Coding is a great place to start.
There is also a critical shortage of women in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) field, posing a real problem for ICT workforce diversity. Closing the gender gap would allow Europe to catch-up and boost our economies’ competitive advantage. FTI Consulting is organising a special roundtable discussion on 23 July on just how to close that gender gap, with a view from Ladies who Code in Europe and Asia.
Aniqa Binte Alam is an intern at FTI Consulting Brussels and Charlotte Norlund-Matthiessen is a Consultant at FTI Consulting Brussels.