From Melodies to Methodologies: Lucy’s Transformation from Music to Software Engineering

Steve Westgarth
4 min readJun 7, 2023

At first glance, the intricate world of music may seem starkly different from the complex realm of software engineering. However, as our former Haleon team member, Lucy, has proven, these two fields share a surprising number of similarities. Her fascinating journey from holding a degree in music to becoming an Engineering Manager at Treatwell, a renowned tech company, shows us that skills honed in one discipline can often be repurposed and successfully applied in another.

The Unexpected Synergy: Music and Software Engineering

Lucy’s story commenced in an orchestra, where she created harmonious symphonies. Interestingly, this background laid a strong foundation for her transition into the logical labyrinth of software engineering. The parallels between the two disciplines might not be immediately obvious, but they were key to Lucy’s successful shift. Here’s how:

1. Mastery of Patterns and Structure:
Music is deeply rooted in patterns and structures, from the arrangement of scales to the rhythm of a composition. Similarly, in software development, algorithms, data structures, and design patterns form the core of every software solution. This innate understanding of pattern recognition honed by her musical background helped Lucy create efficient software systems.

2. Precision and Attention to Detail:
A single misplaced note can change the entire meaning of a piece, similar to how a misplaced character in code can cause a program to malfunction. This precision and attention to detail, a critical skill in both fields, empowered Lucy to excel in her programming tasks.

3. Creativity and Innovation:
In music, creativity is expressed through innovative compositions, while in software engineering, it manifests in developing unique solutions to complex problems. Lucy’s inherent creativity, initially applied to music, was later leveraged to architect innovative software solutions.

4. Teamwork and Collaboration:
Playing in an orchestra requires a high level of teamwork and collaboration — a subtle balance between individual performance and collective harmony. This correlates directly with software engineering, where the success of a project often hinges on effective collaboration. Lucy’s orchestral experience prepared her well for the teamwork required in her tech roles.

The Tune of Transformation

Lucy’s transition wasn’t an overnight process, but a journey filled with relentless pursuit and resilience. She started her software journey with coding bootcamps, online courses, and countless hours of self-study. Her first foray into the professional tech world was as a junior software engineer at Hark and then moved to join GSK Consumer Healthcare which became Haleon in July 2022.

Throughout her tenure at Haleon, Lucy consistently showcased her dedication, proving herself an invaluable asset to our team. Despite the challenges she faced while navigating this new domain, her perseverance never faltered. She leveraged her skills in pattern recognition, attention to detail, creativity, and teamwork to rapidly improve her technical prowess.

Her passion for learning and growing was contagious, creating a ripple effect on the entire team. We at Haleon couldn’t be prouder of Lucy’s accomplishments and the indelible impact she left on our organization.

An Encore at Treatwell

Today, Lucy has ascended to the role of Engineering Manager at Treatwell, a testimony to her skill, dedication, and resilience. Her journey from music to tech not only highlights the transferable skills between these two disciplines but also illuminates the idea that it’s never too late to shift gears and pursue a new career path.

In conclusion, Lucy’s musical journey didn’t cease when she picked up software engineering; rather, it was repurposed and reinterpreted. As she continues her crescendo in the tech world, she harmonizes the symphony of her past with the code of her future, proving that sometimes, change isn’t about reinventing ourselves, but merely changing our tune.

Through Lucy’s story, we are reminded that boundaries between disciplines are often blurred and that transferable skills often find their relevance in the most unexpected places. She has shown us that music and software engineering, though seemingly worlds apart, can be united through a shared understanding of patterns, attention to detail, innovation, and collaboration.

Lucy’s transition into the tech field showcases how one can pivot and adapt to thrive in a new paradigm, giving inspiration to those considering a similar career change. She exemplifies that with dedication, resilience, and the willingness to learn, anyone can effectively repurpose their unique skill set to achieve success in a new arena.

As Lucy continues to write her impressive tech opus at Treatwell, she is an inspiration to all software engineers — and indeed, to all professionals. Whether it’s a beautiful symphony or a streamlined software system, Lucy’s story proves that with the right mindset and determination, anyone can transform their passion into a fulfilling career, and thereby create their unique harmony in the world.

In a world that often pushes for specialization, let’s celebrate and encourage these unexpected intersections of skills. For it’s often at these crossroads that innovation and creativity truly shine. As we continue to break down the barriers between disciplines, who knows what harmonious compositions await us in the future?

With the melody of Lucy’s journey playing in our minds, let’s continue to explore, learn, and redefine what’s possible. After all, isn’t life itself a complex symphony, waiting for us to join in and add our unique notes?



Steve Westgarth

Steve 🏳️‍🌈 is the Global Head of Engineering at Haleon where he heads up the Software Engineering function.