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More Than 39% Indian Techies Learn Coding Before Turning 20

84 percent coders learn to code before they turned 25 years of age

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Fourteen-year-old Tanmay Bakshi’s appointment as Artificial Intelligence scientist with IBM baffled many, and it outlined a major upcoming trend – youngsters are, raring to join the tech world, and the race to become super-coders. Nine-year-old Anvitha Vijay - who has several iOS applications to her credit – was the youngest participant at Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference. This list is growing every day and it points at a fact that technology is welcoming all aficionados and age is no bar.

This fact was again verified by the coders who participated in TechGig’s exclusive survey and stated that 84 percent of them learned to code before they turned 25 years of age! Of these, nearly 45 percent of programmers started coding between the age of 20-24 years, and more than 39 percent of coders learned to code at the age of 15-20 years.

Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs & TechGig added, “With a growing millennial population, India is a hub of young professionals. Our survey states that 84 percent of programming professionals started coding between the age of 15-24 years. This is good news because, coding will be a major skill in demand in the future and the sooner you learn it, the better it is.”

IT professionals ditch startups for big companies

Another surprising fact came up from this survey is that techies now prefer established companies to startups. This is a complete U-turn from some time ago when most technologists wanted to work in startups or turn entrepreneurs. TechGig’s survey found that 30 percent of coders want to work in IT firms, another 30 percent want to work with established companies. Around 24 percent of coders would want to work with startups and 16 percent of respondents want to start their own venture.  

IT recruiters prefer ‘on the job learners’ coding talent

Digitisation is no more a choice, but a norm. Hence people with coding skills are sought after in every industry. TechGig also surveyed 2,000 hiring managers to understand their preference of tech talent.

TechGig survey findings indicate that 33 percent of recruiters, assess skills before onboarding techies and this is indeed one of the biggest hiring challenges. Apart from this, finding good coders in a competitive market is also a certain challenge. Nearly 18 percent of recruiters found the interview process for coders to be exhausting.