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Am I a musician? Am I a software developer? You decide. (But be nice)

Or, music explained for agile programmers.

Recently, I have been finding myself interviewing for tech jobs, sometimes rather spontaneously. While this is definitely a cause for celebration (my adoption of the foetal position can now be accompanied by Kool and the Gang), I can’t help but feel a twinge of apprehension. This is partly due to having had limited experience of being able to use actual words when in the process of being scrutinised by prospective employers (see my previous article), but also due to the hypothetical hysteria that I tend to go through while attempting to pre-empt the moves of the arbiters of my fate.

Specifically, pretty much anything to do with job-seeking.

Having previously written about the similarities between music and software, it stands to reason that I should use my next article to explore some differences between the two. I will refrain from patronising statements of the bleeding obvious; there’s not much insight to be had from being told that developers usually spend a lot of time in front of computers, and musos spend a lot of time playing their instruments. (Also, having spent much of the past year and a half teaching cello students on Zoom and hardly practicing, I don’t even know if it qualifies as a difference.) …

Hint: neither one requires superpowers.

A couple of days ago, I had my first rehearsal in about eight months. Since my previous rehearsal, I had enrolled in a software engineering bootcamp at General Assembly, built multiple full-stack web apps, learned all sorts of things about JavaScript and Python, and started looking for my first job as a tech person. Needless to say, this came up in conversation when I was catching up with some of my colleagues from my “other life” as a freelance cellist. …


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