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For People Still Hesitating to Learn Programming.

Jungwon Seo
8 min readNov 16, 2018


I used to teach programming to non-CS students. I realized that the most important thing was to figure out how to motivate them. Programming is not something you can learn “casually”, you need a strong will and the ability to endure stressful times.

I had to study programming simply because it was my major. However, it’s not that easy to convince people to study programming when they have their own study area or job which is not directly related.

So I organized several reasons why people should learn programming.

1. It‘s a trend.

The first reason is very simple and clear. I assume we all agree that the most popular companies are IT related these days.

Standard and Poor’s Top 10, 1980–2018 (

Interestingly, I am currently studying in Norway. Petroleum engineering was the most popular major until a couple years ago. It was a study guaranteeing a job. However, after a couple oil crises, this major faced the moment when there were fewer applicants than available spots. (This industry is recovering now by the way.)

In 1980, as you can see, the oil industry was the mainstream, but in 2018 the top-4 companies are the tech-companies that we’re all familiar with.

All countries have different main industries, such as cars, oil, finance, and hardware. However, even these industries are also expanding the areas where they are applying digital technology. This is called Digitalization.

So, if you want to raise your chances of getting a job, you better study computer science. Also, as a non-programmer, if you want to differentiate yourself from your colleagues, programming will help you stand out.

2. The concept of learning is changing.

As you can see from the table above, over 50% of the information on the internet is written in English. It means that if you can’t read English you’re losing your…