Opportunities to become a good programmer

Learn to program

Why should you learn to code?

Learning a programming language is now considered to be one of the most promising ways to improve one's career opportunities. Programming is a future-proof activity: With the advancing digitization, the job description of the software engineer is rapidly gaining in importance.

At Capgemini, too, we are continuously looking for new employees with programming skills across all areas of the company, at all locations, and for very different subject areas and industries. There are also opportunities for career changers if they are IT-savvy and have learned programming alongside their studies or work.

The demand for software engineers is extremely high and will continue to increase - a good argument for further training and learning to program. But how do you become a programmer, which language should you learn and where do you start? To make it easier to get started, we have written this practical guide.

Which programming language should you learn?

How can you learn to program? At the beginning it definitely makes sense to start with languages ​​that are easier to learn than others and that have been tried and tested for a long time. In this way, you first create a basis on which you can build and you will soon have your first sense of achievement in computer science. To begin with, it is advisable to learn programming languages ​​such as Java, C # or C ++, for example.

python

  • best programming language for beginners as it is comparatively easy to learn
  • many online training courses
  • very popular in the start-up scene
  • very well suited for the currently rapidly growing market for AI applications

Java

  • currently the most widely used programming language
  • Knowledge of Java is often an important recruitment criterion for programmers
  • Universally applicable, but particularly suitable for app programming on Android devices
  • high degree of reliability, security and platform independence
  • but not the first choice when performance is paramount

C.

  • one of the oldest programming languages ​​used and therefore widely used
  • is mainly used for hardware-related programming and desktop applications
  • the "Internet of Things" is increasingly relying on C, e.g. for robots, machines, smart home applications, etc.

C ++

  • object-oriented further development of C
  • modern, universally applicable programming language
  • particularly popular in system and application programming
  • works well with other languages

C #

  • very common on Microsoft Windows
  • comparatively easy to learn
  • is mainly used for desktop applications, e.g. for computer games and utilities

PHP

  • server-side scripting language
  • e.g. for the creation of dynamic, database-based websites based on (My) SQL
  • is one of the languages ​​that is one of the fastest to develop further
  • very popular in the e-commerce world

JavaScript

  • not to be confused with Java
  • is used to make websites interactive
  • runs in all major web browsers and, in combination with frameworks such as Node.js, also on servers
  • is often used for severless programming on cloud platforms
  • TypeScript is based on JavaScript - thanks to type declarations, it increases the legibility of the code, which pays off especially when working in a team
  • Those who learn JavaScript should also familiarize themselves with frameworks such as B. Angular, React and Vue.js.

How can you learn to program?

Self-study

There are now online training courses for practically every programming language, some of which are even free of charge. The best known include:

Small online games and challenges make self-study more varied and offer the opportunity to apply what you have learned directly, for example in this Python game. Events such as hackathons or coding challenges are also a great opportunity to prove your own coding skills and to exchange ideas with like-minded people.

 

Offers from distance universities and adult education centers can also be worth considering, as well as numerous instructions in book form or on YouTube. For example, we regularly share webinar recordings on various IT trending topics on the Capgemini YouTube channel.

Computer science education

The training course "IT specialist for application development" combines commercial and IT components. The training usually lasts three years, but under various conditions it can be shortened to up to two years. In addition to the training, it is advisable to start small private programming projects that can later round off an application as work samples.

(Dual study

There are a number of IT courses at German universities and technical colleges, such as business informatics, bioinformatics, media informatics or embedded systems. All of these courses also offer exercises in different programming languages. You will also meet many like-minded people here who can already code or who also want to learn to program. Dual courses of study are a particularly interesting, practical option. Here, students gain practical work experience in the company right from the start and deepen their knowledge in theoretical phases at the university. Capgemini offers this at various locations, for example in Erfurt, Stuttgart and Frankfurt, for dual Bachelor and Master students in the subjects of computer science and business informatics. Current advertisements for dual study places at Capgemini can be found in our job portal.

Professional training

Good companies offer their employees regular training opportunities in programming. This can also be of interest to people who come from IT-related subjects such as physics or electrical engineering and now want to help shape digitization. Such corporate training courses are also a great option and often a career springboard for dedicated IT specialists who want to learn another language.

Regardless of which of the above methods you choose - practice makes perfect. Continuous learning, ideally “by doing”, is always part of it. And don't forget to add on your Xing or LinkedIn profile which programming languages ​​you are currently learning or have learned to make employers aware that you want to become a programmer.

Can you also learn programming at Capgemini?

Capgemini offers bachelor's and master's degrees as part of the GetStartedProgram offers numerous opportunities for further training, including many on the subject of "learning a new programming language". In combination with other training courses, Capgemini organizes over 200 training courses per year - this includes virtual training courses as well as in-house training courses. In addition, employees always have access to a huge vodcast and podcast library for self-study. Further offers include international exchange programs, partnerships with universities and manufacturers for training and certification, as well as our own certification programs. Anyone who wants to learn or deepen programming and other IT skills is in good hands with Capgemini.

Should one also deal with the cloud?

Anyone who programs is also concerned with what the IT environment should look like. IT services and IT-supported services are increasingly being relocated to the cloud in order to make processes more innovative and save costs. It is therefore worthwhile to continue your education in this area and to deal with various cloud providers. Who knows, maybe that's the foundation for a career as a cloud architect? In most cases, cloud providers offer their own training courses, tutorials or free trials that are suitable for getting started, such as:

Define career goals: In which direction do I want to go?

Choosing the right programming language and the right training path depends largely on what goal you as a programmer strive for. Other languages ​​and training paths can be considered for web development, for example when programming AI applications. Find out which field appeals to you personally. These professional fields are currently in great demand and can provide initial guidance for budding computer scientists - of course there are also many other specialization options.

You see They see: The or the There are no programmers - the field is incredibly multifaceted. If you are not yet sure which area appeals to you the most, you can find out: for example, as part of an internship or a working student position.

Have fun learning to program!