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Some do get hired. It's actually a pretty good way to get exposure (mileage varies in these strange times...). But as a semi-professional with a fair knowledge of fellow performers who do this, I can tell you that busking is actually a not-terrible way to make money as a performer if your art fits that format, and you have both the talent and the charisma ...


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There is no one right answer of course but I’ve spoken to some who say the amount of money they earn from tips playing on the street can be comparable to or sometimes even exceed what they would earn playing in a venue. Some do it just for fun or to see what sort of reaction they get, such as world renowned violinist Joshua Bell: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/...


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A lot are transient or music students. The reasons they do it are anything from 'for fun' to making some quick and maybe even serious cash. And a busker in the right place at the right time who can engage an audience can easily walk away $500 richer after a few hours. Some people have no ambition to do more. A band costs money, venues cost money, recording ...


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From my own personal perspective, it came down to achieving my goals. As a software engineer my ultimate goal was to produce the best software I could to support the business. When the business bored me or I felt I couldn't do that, I moved on. Then I began working for an ethics company, and it was intensely rewarding. I ran into the condition where I didn't ...


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I think as you progress in your workplace as a more experienced technical person, it becomes rewarding to use some of that experience to support the business. Some people find this quite fulfilling and enjoy this increased influence they have in the workplace. Apart from that, businesses value it when managers are from a technical background in the same ...


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At some point you might be frustrated that your manager does not understand what you are doing, that the business does not utilize the full potential of your skills and the technologies you are working on and you start having ideas to improve the business but unfortunately you would need around fifty you to implement these ideas. So you need to step up and ...


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In industry, being good can be its own network (major caveat below) I am starting a new job in a few weeks. A former co-worker reached out to me for building her team as she liked my previous work. The job comes with a nice pay raise and more responsibility. I have had other past co-workers reach out about opportunities as well and I have pursued these to ...


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The question doesn't have a country tag, but for the UK, some data relevant to answering this question can be found in figure 1.1 of the Milburn report. The data suggest that having been born to higher-income parents is a relatively-small and decreasing advantage in entry to lecturer and professor roles in academia; and a relatively-large and increasing ...


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Having worked in both academia and industry I can ASSURE you that industry is way more of a technical meritocracy than academia ! Academia has comparatively few checks and balances in terms of quality control and once someone is tenured, they can pretty much work on anything or nothing at all, regardless of whether it's useful, interesting to anyone else, or ...


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I'm surprised at parts of your question, academia is the last place I'd think of as meritocratic. It's poisonously political, especially in liberal arts (maybe slightly less so in sciences, but still greatly prevalent). The answer probably greatly depends on what field of engineering you're in- software will be different than chemical engineering, will be ...


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Are connections important in industry? Absolutely. If you want to be a top executive, then you probably need some connections. But there is nothing stopping you going out and making those connections. Are family connections important? Not any more. It may have been the case 50 years ago, but the world's moved on since then. I also think you are dramatically ...


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