By Craig Tierney, Content Specialist
We’re often asked, “How do I get a start in tech?” Our favorite answer, obviously, is to become a Kenzie student! However, we get that this isn’t right for everyone all the time. For anyone under 18 and for those still deciding if the tech industry is the best fit, we understand where you are in your journey. After all, the Kenzie Family is built on the idea that a tech education is possible for anyone enthusiastic and willing enough to put in the work.
Before you decide to commit to a journey into tech, it’s important to get an idea if it’s the right fit for you. So, our staff of industry professionals has compiled this list of resources to help anyone (kids and adults) even mildly interested in tech try it out for themselves.
This subscription delivery service is made specifically for kids with an interest in tech. Each month they’ll get a box full of fun activities that will introduce them to computer science concepts and show off the many possibilities of tech. Kids get to create and play with entertaining apps and parents don’t need to have any coding knowledge to help them learn.
Many of our current students get off to a great start by combining their Kenzie Free experience with lessons from CodeCademy. As a well-established name in the tech education space, they have a ton of practical lessons available to explore and you can get started for free.
Video Games With Editors
As if to demonstrate just how much the tech industry is booming, we’re living in an age where many video games now include editing and “modding” (modifying) features. Not only can a player experience the game in a traditional way, they now have the ability to build custom levels, alter a character’s appearance, and code their own adventure. Games with editing features are available for players of all ages and for different systems, so if you’re interested in a gaming career or just want a more fun way to dive into tech, check out this list of games from Common Sense Media.
Once you’ve gotten your feet wet with a coding intro course or some video game customization, you could move on to this more advanced video game editor. Unity Editor may not be for complete beginners, but it is a great resource for someone looking to refresh or expand on some programming basics. Plus, it’s another option for gamers to have some fun.
Try it out!
Craig is the Content Specialist at Kenzie Academy. After graduating from Butler University, he landed a global marketing role and gained experience in marketing strategy, content, and international audiences. Now, Craig enjoys writing, photography, and social media duties to connect potential students to Kenzie’s forward-thinking model of a learning community. In his free time, he enjoys practicing Muay Thai, freelancing, and listening to comedy podcasts.