I used to be a QA engineer and I used to think: “Can learning Python get you a job?” on a daily basis.. And by job, I mean a job as a software developer. So, can learning Python get you a job and your entry into the industry of software development? We will discuss the answer to this question in much detail below. 

Can Learning Python Get You A Job?

Yes, learning Python can be a good way to improve your job prospects and open up new career opportunities. Many companies are looking for developers who are proficient in Python and knowing Python can make you a more competitive job candidate. 

Python is a widely used, high-level programming language that is well-suited to many different types of programming tasks, from web development and data analysis to scientific computing and artificial intelligence. 

Additionally, learning Python can help you to develop a wide range of valuable skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and attention to detail, which are highly sought after by employers. 

Overall, learning Python can be a great investment in your future career.

How Long Does It Take To Learn Python To Get A Job?

The amount of time it takes to learn Python and be ready to apply for a job will depend on a number of factors including:

  • Your existing level of programming knowledge
  • The amount of time you have available to dedicate to learning
  • The specific Python job you are aiming for

If you are new to programming, it may take some time to learn the basics of Python and become comfortable with the language. 

However, if you are already familiar with other programming languages, you may be able to pick up Python more quickly. 

🚨 Take for example one of my students Yuliia, we worked together for 6 months and then it only took 6 weeks of applying for positions and doing interviews until Yuliia got hired!

Read the whole story here 👇🏻

Yuliia Success Story

In general, it is difficult to say exactly how long it will take to learn Python, as it will vary from person to person. 

One way to shortcut all the headaches is to seek out mentors, learn all the knowledge they’ve accumulated over the years and implement it into your career.

Essentially, even if you try to learn by yourself at first, you’ll end up having mentors, it’s inevitable in this industry if you want to succeed. 

The smart approach is to find mentors before you waste years doing things on your own. 

If you have mentors, if you are dedicated and consistent in your efforts, it is possible to learn Python and be job-ready in a relatively short period of time.

How To Get A Python Job With No Experience?

If you want to get a job as a Python developer but don’t have any experience, there are several steps you can take to increase your chances of success. 

I personally was in the same exact situation years ago. I discovered Python and realized it’s way easier than other programming languages – I saw myself using Python on a daily basis, but I had no professional experience.

When you’re starting out one approach is to focus on building a strong portfolio of Python projects that showcase your skills and abilities. 

This is what I did on my own, I made so many mistakes and I had so many setbacks looking back..

Nowadays I recommend finding mentors and just learning from them! 🔥

Don’t waste your time with books, get to the results first using mentors, get your first Python job in and then think about other resources like certification, etc.

Also, once you get your first Python job, you keep learning 8h per day and you’ll learn more working alongside other Python developers than you’ll ever learn on your own with books and online tutorials!

Your mentors should give you a minimal amount of information for you to be able to build your first portfolio projects. 

Can Learning Python Get You A Job? - This is me on the left top side, in a mentoring call with my students
This is me on the left top side, in a mentoring call with my students

Then, by demonstrating your knowledge and proficiency in Python, you can make yourself a more attractive candidate to potential employers. 

Another approach is to gain experience through internships, part-time jobs, or freelance work (here you should still look out for who is going to mentor you)

These opportunities can provide valuable hands-on experience and help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a Python job. 

Additionally, networking and building connections within the Python community can be a great way to learn about job opportunities and make yourself known to potential employers.

⚠️ For example, the first connection in the Python community you can make is with me, reach out to me, tell me about your situation and I’ll see if there’s any way I can help you. You should be able to find my contact details below this post.

How Much Python Do I Need To Know To Get A Job?

The amount of Python you need to know to get a job will depend on the specific job you are applying for and the company you are applying to. 

Some jobs may require only basic knowledge of Python, while others may require more advanced knowledge and skills. 

In general, it is a good idea to have a strong understanding of the core concepts of Python, such as data types, variables, loops, and control structures. 

Additionally, having experience with object-oriented programming and data analysis can be valuable for many Python jobs. Overall, the key is to focus on gaining a solid foundation in Python and continuously learning and improving your skills.

This is what we go through with my students in Python Mentoring.

You get to know all the necessary fundamentals of Python and then we decide on what kind of portfolio project you’re going to build to get you closer to that first Python job!

I help you to go through the process of building your first Python/Django project and getting your first interviews in! 🚀

What Job Can You Get If You Know Python?

There are many different types of jobs that you can get if you know Python.

Some of the most common jobs for Python developers include:

  • Web developer: Python is often used for building server-side web applications, so knowledge of Python can be valuable for web development jobs.
  • Data scientist: Python is a popular language for data analysis and machine learning, so proficiency in Python can be useful for careers in data science.
  • Software engineer: Python is widely used in the development of a variety of software applications, so knowledge of Python can be valuable for software engineering jobs.
  • DevOps engineer: Python is often used for automating and managing cloud infrastructure, so proficiency in Python can be useful for DevOps engineering jobs.
  • Research scientist: Python is widely used in scientific research and academic settings, so knowledge of Python can be valuable for research scientist jobs.

Overall, there are many different types of jobs that you can get if you know Python, and the specific job opportunities available to you will depend on your specific skills and interests.

I personally always liked web development (Python/Django) and I was interested in it no matter what my job was at the time.. I believe web development is the easiest to learn and get your first software development job in!

Can I Learn Python At 45 And Get A Job?

Yes, it is possible to learn Python at 45 and get a job! 🎉

There’s nothing wrong with being 45.. age is NOT really an indicator here.

It might actually be a benefit, there are many young inexperienced people trying to get into software development without any prior work experience. 

You, at 45 should have a lot of LIFE EXPERIENCE!

At the end of the day, software development is NOT just about writing code, it’s about solving problems!

Python or any other programming concept or tool is just that – A TOOL to solve a problem.

If you’ve been a good problem solver your whole life, congratulations, you just have to learn a bit of coding and I don’t see any reason why you would not be able to become a Python developer!

So, if you are 45 and interested in learning Python, there is no reason why you can’t start learning and working towards a new career!

🚨 You can start by checking out some of the posts I’ve written here on this blog or by reaching out to me. My contact details should be available here at the end of the post. Reach out to me, tell me about your story and I’ll see if I can help you!

I'll help you become a Python developer!

If you're interested in learning Python and getting a job as a Python developer, send me an email to roberts.greibers@gmail.com and I'll see if I can help you.

Roberts Greibers

Roberts Greibers

I help engineers to become backend Python/Django developers so they can increase their income