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April 4, 2022

S2 E05: From Classical Musician to Software Developer w/ Jessica Wilkins

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April 4, 2022
Margo McCabe
Head of DevRel & Partnerships at HarperDB

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In this episode we chat with Jessica Wilkins, a former classical musician who came across an awesome opportunity in software development through technical writing. Questions we covered include:
-What do you do now, how did you get to where you are today?
-How did you transition into tech, how did platforms like FreeCodeCamp help with the transition and create strong connections in the community? What was it like coming from a non-technical background?
-Were there parallels between being a classical musician and learning to code? How were you able to pull from previous knowledge to assist with the learning process?
-Other tips for folks just starting out with their dev career?
-What technologies and/or tools are you focused on right now or excited about?

Jessica Wilkins is a classical musician turned junior developer and technical writer. Prior to joining the tech industry, she spent her time running her own sheet music company (JDW Sheet Music) as well as performing and teaching in Los Angeles, CA. She now enjoys working as a developer and working with React, Node and Express. She is also a prolific technical writer for freeCodeCamp, and created the Black Excellence Music Project which is dedicated to black artists who have made significant contributions to the arts.


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