All hail our new overlords!

Coders hold the power to shape our future and take over the world, but if you think studying a computing and information technology degree is just for nerds and geeks – think again. Here are 7 little-known traits of coders that show anyone can code.

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1. You embrace laziness

There’s a famous quote that says, “Choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” This is very true for coders. Coders will go to great effort to find the easiest way to do a repetitive task. So if you’re known for your life hacks, then you may have the brain of a coder.

2. You don’t think coding is for you

You might not consider yourself ‘techy’ but coders are a diverse tribe. Fashionistas, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, creators and innovators – the endless applications for coding mean endless career options. The scope to revolutionise any industry through coding is only limited by your imagination.

3. You want to make change

Coders have changed our world dramatically (heard of a little thing called the internet?) and, who knows, they may even save your life. From advances in cancer treatment to providing quicker aid to flood victims in Jakarta, coders can create lasting social impact. If you want to change to world for the better, learn to code.

4. You love learning… anything

A natural curiosity for how things work, and how to make them work better, are traits that will make you an awesome coder. This thirst for knowledge helps you think of new ways to solve problems. It’s true: everything you learn helps you learn something new.

5. You’re the perfect amount of crazy

You might have ideas that others think are crazy, but seeing things differently and thinking big picture are great traits for a coder to have. As a coder you’ll write countless lines of code, but the satisfaction of getting a computer to do exactly what you want will keep you going and going.

6. You have a rebellious streak

Like the idea of cracking codes, manipulating systems and hacking into websites (legally of course)? Governments and big businesses need you. In the days of data breaches, theft and fraud, ethical hacking is a career that is in demand.

7. You’re a creator and a maker

The future will be built by creators, not consumers. If you get a buzz out of creating things, and like the idea of not being held back by materials and space, coding and its endless possibilities could be for you.

Tick any of the boxes? Learn more about a Computer Science degree at UOW and where a career in coding can take you.

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