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Could coding be your new flexible career?

Helen Wright

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When thinking about your flexible work options or a new career change, have you ever considered coding?  

 

Most of the websites and apps you use every day have been built from code. Essentially, coding is telling a computer how to perform complex tasks through different programming languages. Everyone can learn to code, you really don’t need to be a maths genius or tech geek - these are just outdated stereotypes. 

 

23 Code Street is a women’s coding school. For every paying student, we teach digital skills to a woman in the slums of India. Below, we’ve rounded up our top 4 reasons about why coding makes a great flexible career. 

 

 

  1. Work remotely and banish the 9-5

   

How does no longer working from 9-5 sound? 

 

To be able to code you just need a laptop and some good wifi!  Due to this, lots of coding jobs can be done remotely either at home, in a cafe or wherever you prefer within the hours that suit you. If you don’t want to work for a specific company, you could freelance and work with different clients that interest you. Lots of our graduates are working mums who learnt to code to be able to work from home flexibly and have a better work/life balance. 

 

    2.  Learn an in-demand skill

 

There’s currently a huge digital skills gap; employers are looking to hire people who know how to code and have a technical understanding. As our world becomes more and more digital, the number of tech jobs is increasing. This report found there are over 7 million jobs which require coding skills and programming jobs overall are growing 12% faster than the market average. By learning to code, you’ll know an in-demand skill and have plenty of jobs to apply for. 

 

3.  Put your previous skills to good use

 

Coding is a great way to combine your old and new skills. All our students come from different backgrounds and apply the skills they’ve gained from their previous jobs when learning to code. One of our current students is a language teacher which is helping her understand the syntax and functions of the code. Some of our graduates have gone on to use code to enhance and upskill their current professions too. 

 

4.  Enjoy a rewarding career

 

Let’s face it, not all flexible working options are that rewarding. Coding definitely is. You can’t help but feel excited after you’ve started to learn to code and build your first webpage or feel proud after you’ve been working on a project for weeks and see the finished outcome. You’ll definitely feel a sense of achievement and want to show off your work!  Read how passionate our graduate Halimatou felt after learning to code. 

 

 

If you're interested in learning to code, click here to find out about  our new pilot webinar course starting in July and if you’ve  got any questions just drop us an email via hello@23codestreet.com

 

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Let's hear it from a Dad...his take on achieving a work/ life balance

Helen Wright

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Written by Greg, dad to two, husband to one...doing the best he can!

I spent last weekend with my family, enjoying the weather ( a lot) and the cut and thrust of Chessington World of Adventures (a lot less...). This weekend, however, I am working late shifts both days and will be home from work long after my two young children have gone to bed. And so it goes with shift work…

 

When most people hear that I work 6 on, 3 off shifts, they normally comment on working six consecutive days. Usually, it goes something like this:  “You work SIX days per week?! I couldn’t do that.” But it doesn’t take long for people to soften their view. As a result of my shift pattern, I work fewer days per year than someone on a more ‘standard’ Monday to Friday pattern and my leave goes further too. These two revelations get people’s attention but there are other benefits too… 

 

I’m sitting on my sofa, it’s a Thursday, and in addition to shoehorning in a bit of NETFLIX I have done half the school run, taken my son to his swimming lesson, enjoyed a meal out with my family, helped with homework, read a bedtime story, put the bins out and worked a 7.5 hour shift. Oh, and cobbled together this badly written diatribe... A good example of how you can make shift work...work, and work well. 

 

I have had a number of jobs over my relatively short working life most of which have maintained what you would call normal business hours, apart from the odd temp job in retail-there is definitely therapy in stacking shelves.

 

You know when the best time to do almost anything is? On weekdays. Everything is a touch less crowded, which makes the shops nicer, the roads quieter and taking my daughter to the park a little bit more peaceful (sometimes). Admittedly I quite like spending time by myself and also seek quieter environments with my family so perhaps I am a little biased but I find I spend less time in competition with others for space, or jostling for my place in the queue... 

 

I don’t know how people get to the doctor or dentist or get their car serviced etc when at work during the traditional work pattern, I find an awful lot more flexibility in my work rhythm despite essentially being contracted to the same number of hours a week. These more mundane tasks tend to be far easier to sort with my current regime.

 

If there is a downside, perhaps sleep patterns are one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I get enough sleep, but the timing can change depending on work. Some people probably benefit from greater routine on that front. Also, the rest of the world arranges many things for the weekend (obviously) which means I can regularly miss them unless I deem them vital enough to take annual leave... 

 

Work-life balance. I will finish with this as this is what most people strive to achieve when it comes to their lives. I certainly have it and consider myself very lucky as a result and get this, it certainly doesn’t involve a 9-5.

 

#multiflexingmum competition - terms and conditions

Helen Wright

Thank you for entering our exciting competition. Please check below for the terms and conditions relating to this. Please note that by entering this contest, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from all liability in connection with this competition.

 

 

    1. How to Enter

1.1. Facebook - To join in the competition on Facebook, entrants will need to like AND comment on a photo posted via 9-2-3 Jobs of a funny photo of a multi-tasking Mum - showing just how well we can multi-flex, 24/7. The comments can simply contain the hashtag #multiflexingmum to enter the competition.

1.1.a. Users can also @mention fellow Mums and businesses that they think do a great job at multi-flexing/ multi-tasking, for example, taking a call, feeding the kids and sewing a button on a shirt, all at the same time. The @mention is NOT mandatory to enter this competition.

1.2. Twitter - To join in the competition on Twitter, entrants will need to ReTweet a photo posted via 9-2-3 Jobs of a funny photo of a multi-tasking Mum - showing just how well we can multi-flex, 24/7. The ReTweet must contain the #multiflexingmum hashtag to enter.

1.2.a. Users can also @mention fellow Mums and businesses that they think do a great job at multi-flexing/ multi-tasking, for example, taking a call, feeding the kids and sewing a button on a shirt, all at the same time. The @mention is NOT mandatory to enter this competition. 

1.3. Two winners will be chosen at random over both platforms – tracking the hashtag #multiflexingmums in Facebook comments and in Twitter ReTweets. A comment on the Facebook post must be completed to enter the competition.

1.4. The two winners will be announced on Monday 2nd July 2018 on 9-2-3 Jobs Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

 

    2. When to Enter and Who can Enter

2.1. The Competition opens on Monday 11th June 2018 and closes Sunday 1st July 2018

2.2. Entrants can enter at any point between these dates

2.3. Entrants can enter the Competition as many times as they would like, across any of the platforms to be in with a chance of winning. 

2.4. The Competition is only open to mums who are UK residents aged 21 or over, excluding employees of 9-2-3 Jobs and anyone professionally connected with the administration of the Competition.

2.5 Automated or bulk entries from third parties will be disqualified.

2.6 We reserve the right to exclude serial competition entrants who have entered more than 4 competitions in the last month

 

    3. Prizes

3.1. The prizes for winning the competition will a 6 month Nano subscription to the Curiosity Box & An Albla tablet computer, preloaded with Azoomee, the digital playground for curious kids.

3.1.1.  Prizes for each winner will be chosen at random.

3.2. Prize winners will be invited to share their story of why they entered the competition, which will be shared on both Facebook and Twitter platforms.

3.3. The Prizes are as stated and they cannot be sold or exchanged for cash, goods or services. The Prize will be posted via The Curiosity Box and Azoomee to the winner's address, once supplied to 9-2-3 jobs.

 

    4. Data Protection and Publicity

4.1. You consent to your surname, photograph and basic information about you being disclosed on 9-2-3 Jobs channels or other media if you win any Prizes under the Competition

4.2. Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation. By entering the Competition, you agree that 9-2-3 Jobs may contact you in relation to the Competition

4.3. Competition winners will be contacted by 9-2-3 Jobs. You must provide accurate contact details on notification.

4.4. 9-2-3 Jobs reserve the right to use the voice, image, photograph, name and likeness of the winners for publicity and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice to the winners. In entering the Competition, all participants consent to such use of their voice, image, photograph, name and likeness

 

    5. Competition Rules

5.1. The Competition will be run as a sweepstake draw and Prizes will be awarded at random by 9-2-3 Jobs for two entrants

5.2. We reserve the right to change the Competition rules and these Terms and Conditions from time to time. If we do so, we will always have the most up to date terms and conditions on the Website and in the case of a discrepancy between these terms and conditions and those on the Website, the Website terms and conditions will apply. Your continued use of the website will constitute your acceptance of the new rules and/or Terms and Conditions

5.3. All intellectual property rights in the images and materials on the Website, and used in the services provided by 9-2-3 Jobs and no person may make any use of them without 9-2-3 Jobs express permission.

 

    6. Liability and Indemnities

6.1. Except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence, or in respect of fraud, and so far as is permitted by law, 9-2-3 Jobs and its associated companies and agents and distributors exclude responsibility and all liabilities, whether direct or indirect, arising from:

6.1.1. any postponement or cancellation of the Competition;

6.1.2. any changes to, the supply of or use of the Prize; and

6.1.3. any act or default of any supplier, which are beyond 9-2-3 Jobs’ reasonable control.

6.2. 9-2-3 Jobs does not accept responsibility for any liability arising from technical incompatibility, problems relating to the internet, or technical difficulties of any kind

6.3. 9-2-3 Jobs shall not be liable, whether in tort, contract, misrepresentation or otherwise for loss of profits, loss of anticipated savings, loss of goods, loss of use, loss or corruption of data or information, or any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses

6.4. You agree to indemnify 9-2-3 Jobs against all liabilities, claims and expenses that may arise from any breach of your agreement with 9-2-3 Jobs

 

    7. Jurisdiction

7.1. The Competition and these Terms and Conditions are governed by English Law. England & Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions.