Chapter 4

Coding Career Myths

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Understanding myths about how to learn to code

check Reviewing myths related to securing a career in coding

check Developing a response to myths that may apply to you

“Nothing is more difficult than competing with a myth.”

— FRANÇOISE GIROUD

The tech profession is filled with myths and rumors. It can be hard to separate fact from fiction, especially given the reports of eye-popping salaries and prices for company acquisitions in the news. After you cut through the hype, the tech industry is like any other, with demand for talent far exceeding supply.

The following myths about coding just aren’t true. These myths mainly apply to people learning to code for the first time. Read on to separate myth from reality.

Educational Myths

It's common to think that coding careers are reserved for the few technical wizards in the world. In fact, it's a regular job for regular folks. If you're persistent, conscientious, and curious, I'll bet you can do it. Don't sell yourself short by buying into ideas that just aren't true.

You must be good at math

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