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75 Master’s students from Imperial College Business School recently attended a coding workshop, hosted by Code at Uni, where they embarked upon a fast-track introduction to coding. In a world where computer code supports businesses working across all sectors, coding is an in-demand skill for today’s graduates.

Code at Uni is an organisation that provides students with a fast-track introduction to modern programming languages, which was co-founded by Jack Bridger, an Imperial alumnus, whilst completing his degree.

The two day workshop enhanced students’ digital literacy and equipped them with valuable coding skills for their future careers and entrepreneurial ventures. As well as learning practical coding skills, students also learnt how to communicate with developers.

In just one weekend, students dived into the world of coding and by the end of the workshop everyone had built their own live website. The expert instructors, who are professional developers and experienced entrepreneurs, were on hand to help students develop a new skill set and gave them resources and the ability to solve their own problems after the course. Each student became familiar with HTML and CSS coding languages, Bootstrap, a free and open source front-end framework for designing websites, and Sublime, a text editing tool for code.

Speaking to the coders, course tutor, full stack engineer and part time entrepreneur Hamzah Chaudhary said:

It’s a powerful set of skills that you have learnt. What you used today is what we use in our jobs day to day. This is professional production ready stuff that you have been using so you should be proud of that.

The students came together from three business school programmes; MSc Strategic Marketing, MSc Management and MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management. Participants had different motivations for joining the workshop, whether simply gaining some coding skills, starting a personal blog or creating a website for their own start-ups, or understanding how to effectively communicate with developers throughout their careers. MSc Strategic Marketing student David Meyer explained:

I wanted to join this course as coding is an important skill to have. It will benefit my future career to have an understanding of how to use HTML and CSS.

MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management student Barbara Wallin Heden commented:

I’m studying at Imperial to develop my skills in entrepreneurship and management. I aspire to owning my own company, and I believe that coding skills will be an important part of this. This course has helped me to understand the basics of coding and I now feel more confident to communicate with developers in the future. I will keep practicing the skills I have learnt so I can improve my first website, which I created this weekend.

Teaching at Imperial College Business School has a practical focus, and MSc Strategic Marketing students will have the opportunity to put their newly developed coding skills to good use during the Marketing Plan Competition that takes place during the Summer term. During the competition, students produce a full marketing plan for a start-up or marketing campaign, which can include mock-up websites to illustrate their ideas. The Marketing Consulting Project, when students provide consultancy services for companies, is another practical opportunity when these skills will come in useful.

As well as opportunities like this workshop within the Business School, students at Imperial have numerous opportunities to network and learn from technology and computing experts on campus. One of the highlights of the year is always the hackathon run by the Department of Computing, ICHack, where the best developers from Imperial and beyond gather for 24 hours to develop and build new tech.

The tech-savvy students left the coding workshop with new connections and an impressive personal website. Many chose to build an online CV to demonstrate their skills to future employers. MSc Management student Nadine Hellmann even built this fantastic breakfast blog!

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