Any tech professional will tell you that there's an art of coding and IT management. According to The Tennessean, the modes of thinking and acting in a sought-after position has a great deal of overlap with more creative arts, particularly music.
"Both are rarely black and white," explains James Fields. "Each requires the facility to create paths and solve problems without a map or a how-to guide. According to research by a director of the Institute of Professional Development in the School of Computer Systems at DePaul University, musical aptitude is one of the strongest predictors of success in a technical position."
Here are some of the ways musicians and tech gurus are similar:
Speed of decision-making. Consider jazz: Instrumentalists make up melodies, rhythms and tones as they go along. Thinking on one's feet is critical to managing tech areas like information security, where hacks happen in real time and the best course of action is ever-evolving. Making quick, inspired decisions can mark the difference between sustaining a firewall and allowing a company's information to be compromised.
Creativity. In the IT and IS channels, innovation is the answer to every challenge. Finding a unique or unconsidered approach to problem-solving is what sets great tech professionals apart from competent tech professionals. Tech experts take inspiration from the coders and masters who came before them and apply that knowledge laterally to new situations.
Artistic spirit. Fields explains that musicians and IT experts share an "anti-authoritarian" belief system: That is, they believe that the world can be changed by a handful of people. When tech professionals believe their work makes a difference and they're advancing a legacy of innovation, they do inspired work.
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