From a love of computers to teaching young an old how to code, Peter Argent is passionate about spreading the art of coding.
His passion is clear in the classes held at his Coder Factory Academy and workshops he runs around the country as an Ambassador for ASUS. He shared a few moments of his time with us in the hopes that it might encourage SkillsRoad readers to get coding.
Name : Peter Argent
Position : Coding Expert
Company : Coder Factory Academy
How did you get into your line of work & How long have you been in it?
I always loved playing with computers but when I left school in 1990, computers weren't something I thought would be a fun job. That changed when the web came along in the late 1990s. I could see that computers and programming can be fun and exciting. I went to uni in 2001 when I was 28 to do an IT degree.
I now teach coding to kids and adults in a variety of workshops and courses. I have been doing this for three years and am loving every minute of it.
What do you find rewarding about it?
Programming is all about solving problems and helping make peoples' lives better. Once you know how to code you know you can build any app that can change the world.
It is very rewarding to help people understand how coding works because you can see the students become excited once they figure out how it all works. They can now see that they can build anything they want and make a great life for themselves.
Every job has its perks! What would you consider to be the three best bits of your chosen career?
- Programming is a fun mental challenge. I get to use my brain to come up with solutions to solve problems.
- I get to play with high tech gadgets and software like Virtual Reality and drones.
- Work with smart and interesting people.
Likewise, every job has its own unique challenges, can you share a little about three of these?
- Thinking logically - breaking down the problem into smaller pieces and working through the processes requires serious thinking.
- Working with new technology - sometimes new technology is challenging to work with. Less documentation and help is available when tools and software are new.
- Students learn at different speeds so sometimes it is a challenge to accommodate for a class going through the learning process.
Is there a dream project you'd love to be a part of?
I would love to teach coding to people all over the world. I'd like to travel to places where learning to code can make a big difference in peoples' lives.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into your line of work?
Just start learning coding online. It's the best way to get started. There are many free tutorials and books to help you learn.
Starting with web development is best. HTML, CSS and a web application development framework like Ruby on Rails.
When studying, working, starting up a business or looking for work, we can face challenges, rejections and setbacks at different times. How do you deal with these experiences and pick yourself back up?
Running the coding school has definitely been a big challenge. I really strongly believe in what I am building so if a decision I have made sets me back, I try taking a different direction. You need to experiment with different ideas and not all of them are going to work. Just try again.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a fighter pilot but due to being colour blind, I wasn't able to do that.
Three things you can't live without?
1. My ASUS laptop - I live on the internet and build apps in my spare time.
2. The internet! I love having the knowledge of the world at my fingertips.
3. My friends and family. They inspire me to work hard and be the best I can be.
Three words that describe you?
Optimistic. Friendly. Ambitious.
Are there any passions outside of work that inspire you, motivate you or challenge you and why?
I'm passionate about encouraging more people to learn to code and create technology that helps others. Programming is about solving problems for people and anyone can do it. The more people who learn to code, the more problems we can solve together.
A Little Something
Come along to a free coding workshop at Coder Factory to help you get started and meet other people. It's not just geeks who code anymore. Anyone can do it and it's fun!
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