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Last updated on 11/28/19

Debunk myths about tech as an industry

In the second part of this course, we'll explore who the people are behind the systems we explored in part one: the internet and the web!

Humans are responsible for the internet's entire existence, and no one was born knowing how to code or how to create the internet as a whole. That's why it's important for us to quickly disspell some myths about careers in tech: these myths can hold people back from understanding or joining the field!

Firstly, you don't need to have been coding your whole life in order to become a coder, programmer, developer, or even just to understand the internet. There are people who have been programming for a long time, but they all started somewhere!

If you're interested in learning to code, I recommend learning HTML via our course or checking out our paths page if you want to make an even more serious commitment: https://openclassrooms.com/paths

Secondly, coding isn't just for video game people or people we stereotypically might consider programmers. I got into code much later in life after studying the arts and think that my arts knowledge actually makes me a much happier coder and a better engineering team member. Being well-rounded is good!

Don't let the fact that you don't understand tech yet hold you back from exploring it more if you're curious. If there's a concept you don't understand, re-read the material you're learning, find a different resource, or ask a developer if you know one. There's always a way to get unstuck.

Thirdly, yes: learning to code is hard. But it's not impossible. Programming syntax is counterintuive at the beginning. Bear in mind that even the most senior tech people are always learning! There's always a new programming language or cool trick to learn. Get comfortable with not always feeling like you know what you're talking about. You're not alone. :)

The only mistake you could really make is being too worried to even start.

In the next chapter, we'll start exploring different developer roles. In later chapters, we'll also explore tech roles that don't require knowing how to code!

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