Bored with your day job? Time to learn a new skill and boost your career while exploring the world. There’s never a better time than now to make your resolutions for 2016. With programs like GoCode that offer the opportunity to travel and learn coding skills at the same time, there are a lot of convincing reasons why you need to leave your day job, learn to code, and travel at the same time.
Here are more reasons why you should travel and learn to code:
1) Meet interesting people
There’s no doubts that when you’re traveling, you will come across many interesting people. There are tons of co-working spaces around the world where you can hang out and meet many other interesting travelers. It’s likely that some of these people may end up partnering with you on your new business, or connect you with a job at that cool new company!
2. 1.4 million coding jobs by 2020 but only 400,000 graduates with CS degrees
Code.org published a study showing the gigantic gap between the supply and demand for coders. Now is the time to learn to code and get a lucrative tech job! There are lots of jobs out there for web developers and mobile app developers. Find out more about coding education on sites like Switch. It’s never too late to learn a new skill!
3) Kill two birds with one stone
New educational programs like GoCode offer the opportunity to travel and learn coding skills at the same time. Spend 8 weeks in Costa Rica surfing while learning to code and honing a new skillset for your next career move! There are also tons of language programs around the world where you can immerse yourself in a foreign language school while exploring the city.
4) Experience the world when you’re young
Don’t be one of those people who keeps saying that you will travel the world one day, but never actually do it. There’s no perfect time for traveling — you have to make time for it. Here’s 7 reasons to travel when you’re young!
Traveling helps you grow as a person and will inspire you to make some new career moves. Besides, there are all sorts of fun activities that are easier to pick up when you’re young, like surfing!
5) Sometimes you just gotta say: Screw it, let’s do it!
The hardest part of career change is taking the first step! There’s no perfect time to quit your job and travel. There’s no perfect time to learn a new skill and switch careers.
By combining travel and learning, you get to accomplish several goals at the same time. So just believe in yourself and take that first step. It’s almost 2016. Screw it, let’s do it!
When we first got the idea to do a boot camp outside of the U.S. my first thought was Costa Rica. I spent a few weeks there learning how to surf and loved it. Also I worked with Jeudy Blanco at MapMyFitness, and he is from Costa Rica (he is a GoCode instructor). From him I learned of the growing technology scene in Costa Rica. It is a beautiful great country, and also an easy flight from many places.
Learning by doing and having fun is at the core of GoCode’s teaching philosophy. This pedagogical model is based on Professor Barbara Oakley’s neuroscience research into how best to learn, where structured downtime is an important component.
Mr. Schwartz expands on this style of learning:
I learn the best when I’m relaxed and having fun. I never went to school or learned coding in a classroom, it was all learned while I was having fun, building projects, in a relaxed setting. That’s what I hope to bring to my students. No more ugly classrooms and 12-hour days. We can teach you the same amount of material in half the time.
Our Python boot camp is cheaper than boot camps based in the USA. We provide free accomodation, weekend activities, as well as a travel subsidy. All for just $12,800. Daily living expenses are also much cheaper in Costa Rica, and there will be no commuting costs or time spent wasted on a congested highway!
GoCode is the latest unique tech academy setting up shop in our country. Just a few beaches over from GoCode we find Hacker Paradise, which we recently featured. These two educational outfits have more than computer science in common: They both highly encourage female students and the local community to enroll:
GoCode is proud to support women and local communities. We offer full scholarships for outstanding female applicants as well applicants from the local community in Costa Rica.