8 August 2023

Is AI a Threat to Developers? No, It Gives You a Competitive Edge!

The artificial intelligence debate is trending heavily across the entire IT sector. It’s a hot topic for experts, media and companies that don’t want to get left behind. Managers want to get the most out of AI and are increasingly asking their employees to learn how to use it. How can AI help you, and why should you start thinking about retraining as a programmer right now? We'll tell you in this article!

Is AI a Threat to Developers? No, It Gives You a Competitive Edge!

The IT industry is booming

Many IT people have been biting their nails in secret, worried that sooner or later they’ll be replaced by machines controlled by AI. But they’ve got it all wrong. AI advancement isn’t about competition or who replaces whom. The demand for IT workers will simply be determined by whether or not they know how to take advantage of the big opportunities the new AI tools will offer for their daily work. The good news is, AI tools will make you faster and more productive.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook and owner of the META empire had this to say about the future of coding: "All of my friends who have younger siblings who are going to college or high school - my number one piece of advice is: You should learn how to program.”

And he’s spot on – no other field is developing as fast as IT. It’s precisely exciting new AI tools that lead to the emergence of new and interesting professions. Even today you can find job postings for amazing positions like AI Specialist, Machine Learning Engineer or Prompt Engineer. These roles are all related to the operation and development of large language models (e.g., ChatGPT or LLaMA.)‍

Where can you get the right skills for these jobs?

Mark Zuckerberg is right! If you really want to ensure that you have the skills that will secure your future with a stable career and great income, the best thing you can do is learn to program. If you know how to code, companies will fight over you! The best part is, you don't even have to go to university to master these skills. A good bootcamp is all you need to open the door to a lucrative career. Even in the Czech Republic, you can find a great coding bootcamp with an excellent reputation; all you need is some courage and a desire to learn.

Preparing for a new career and AI knowledge

At the Green Fox Academy IT bootcamp, the Super Intensive Junior Developer Course is just 4.5 months long. You’ll learn everything you need to know to ensure that you’ll have zero problems finding an IT job after graduation. Our course curriculum is built to reflect the latest technologies currently in greatest demand on the labor market, so you’ll always be prepared for what awaits you. By the time you have your certificate in hand, you’ll have all the knowledge your new employer will expect you to have. 

AI can do a lot, but it can’t do everything. More importantly, it simply cannot replace programmers, and it never will. It can, however, make you more efficient at your job. Take advantage of that fact and put it to work for you! The very first module of the Junior Developer course will introduce you to the ins and outs of AI tools. You’ll learn how to use AI tools in programming; specifically when explaining, checking or possibly improving your code. You’ll also learn how to properly pose questions to AI and how to write automated tests.

Our programming retraining course is based on practical teaching and training. Therefore, in the last module, you’ll work in a team of three to four on a project that simulates a real work environment and assignment. You’ll need to complete it with your classmates by the set deadline. While working on the project, you’ll learn new technologies on your own under the guidance of our patient and experienced mentors.

Taking AI for a test drive

You’ll learn a lot at the Green Fox Academy bootcamp. In addition to the basics of software development, you’ll also get to try AI tools. Your project task will even involve integrating ChatGPT with chat functionality into the app that you’ll be creating with your teammates. 

"Some assignments have been specifically designed so that when students rely on artificial intelligence, they’ll be able to solve the task much faster, and in just a matter of hours. Without the use of AI tools, that same task would take them days to complete," explains Péter Szél, Technical Director at Green Fox Academy. "Students will get to experience first-hand just how fast AI can speed their work up in specific cases."

The aim of these assignments and the final project is to learn how to make the best use of AI tools and to develop a good work flow. Adapting this training and making it a routine part of your workflow will make your life so much easier when you start your new job. After completing the bootcamp course, you’ll receive your qualification as a junior developer and you can get started right away in IT. 

If you have soft skills, AI will never replace you!

The Green Fox Academy bootcamp goes beyond simply turning you into a skilled junior developer. We give you an extra edge with soft skills. Hard skills (technical skills) are vital, but you also need soft skills, and we will help you develop them. Soft skills include communication, teamwork and time management. Why do they matter? It’s simple! 

"Many experts argue that ChatGPT could take over the 'hard part' of programming in the foreseeable future," says Katarina Grujičić, an organizational psychologist at Green Fox Academy's bootcamp. "But ChatGPT doesn't have soft skills. Companies are currently looking for programmers who are not only technically proficient, but also able to work well together, are open minded, empathetic, willing to take responsibility and can handle more complex communication situations where AI doesn’t apply."

Soft skills will give you a leading edge not only over AI, but also your human competition. It’s already apparent that the labor market net worth of a developer that only has technical knowledge is negligible. That's why the Green Fox Academy bootcamp doesn't just focus on programming, but also puts great emphasis on soft skills development. Therefore, you can also expect excellent training in communication and presentation skills, a stress management workshop, and exercises focused on collaboration and teamwork. In addition to being assigned a programming mentor, each class also has an organizational psychologist. They will help you learn everything you need to successfully launch your new career after you graduate from bootcamp.

Are you ready to acquire the specialized skills and qualifications that will not only help you find employment in IT, but also increase your personal net worth on the labor market? Then come sign up for the Junior Developer Course, and we’ll teach you everything you need to know (and more!) at lightning speed.


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