At this point in my life, I’m no longer learning how to code (well for now at least). It may sound a bit ridiculous, bearing in mind that we post so much content related to learning how to code on Black and Forth. But right now, it’s not what I want to do. And one thing that I have learned over the years, is that if something isn't meant for you at that time, it is genuinely okay to drop it and move on.
So if I’m not learning how to code, what exactly am I doing? Am I still interested in the field of health tech? Well yes, I am. I just feel as though my experiences have helped tailor my interests and allowed me to explore different avenues that are not related to coding.
A major contributor to my decision was the health tech internship I did this summer. It opened my eyes to so many different aspects of tech, despite the start-up being so small. From product design, project management, to the corporate aspects of a health tech company, there are so many roles in tech. And many of these do not require you to code.
Before this internship, I fell into the trap of thinking the only way to be useful in the field of tech was by coding - because the output was clear - building a working product to deliver to customers. There was a clear direction of knowing how to acquire these skills such as learning how to use different languages, pursuing further education to develop skills. But what I failed to understand was the amount of planning, funding, data protection, design, iteration, testing etc. that went into building a product and how every single one of these steps is necessary.
During my internship, it was product design and UI/UX that caught my eye. Designing an interface is an intricate process and requires knowledge of typical conventions and innovation without compromising the user experience. From personal experience, I quickly realised that bad UX is integrated into a plethora of clinical software. Imagine the impact this has on patient outcomes, the increased likelihood of making a mistake in clinical practice. What about the impact on the healthcare professionals having to look at such poorly designed software on a daily basis? In the world of modern interfaces in every gadget we own, healthcare professionals are often forced to look at screens that resemble Windows 98. Imagine how much easier life would be if clinical software was designed better in the NHS.
The hardest thing about exploring different avenues in tech, is trying to figure out the various roles available and the requirements of these roles, which is why I spend a lot of time doing coding courses and dropping them when my degree begins to stress me out. I encourage anyone that is interested in tech to get hands-on experience by doing an internship, doing personal research (refer to our blog post about tech for further resources) and by networking with individuals who have these different roles.
Don’t get me wrong, learning how to code is a useful skill and one day I might learn how to code for a specific project. But right now just isn’t that time.
Written by Bimpe Adeyemi (Co-founder of the Black and Forth Platform)