Meet Pål Nødseth – the music teacher turned kick-ass developer
Our multitalented and autodidactic Trønder coder
Our multitalented and autodidactic Trønder coder
With a background as a music teacher with an accompanying degree, having founded and run a music school of 300 students, Pål might not be your average developer. But then again – that’s why we hired him. He’s a multitalented, autodidactic, skilled techie with an exceptional ability to grasp the big picture and join technical detail with a user focus.
Pål has been into music ever since he was a kid and is a keen guitar player. His passion for the performing arts brought him to study music pedagogy at university and rendered him a music teaching degree. For several years, he led a music school of over 300 students that he himself founded. “That experience led me into the business world and taught me things I think I wouldn’t have learnt otherwise. You learn a lot by running your own company – both about the practicalities of it, but also about people and business logic.”
Despite his love for music, one of Pål’s other passions – tech – brought him on a new track after a few years. “I was always a bit of a nerd and would spend hours on end doing code and testing stuff out. I had also done a few computer science courses at NTNU, and after having decided to leave the entrepreneurial life behind, I started working as a software developer.”
When asked what it’s like to work in a company with mostly designers, Pål smiles and says: “Well, I must say I was a little bit worried in the beginning – like, what will the lunch conversations look like? But I really enjoy it. I think working closely with designers makes my work better. All development work needs to be user-centred and consider both the technical part of things and how the solution will work for the end-user, as well as for the client.” He continues: “There’s also an advantage to being in the minority as a developer in the consultancy. It gives you a central role in many projects, and you get thrown in the deep end quite often, so you learn a lot at a high pace and step up your seniority quickly."
“There’s an advantage to being in the minority as a developer in the consultancy. It gives you a central role in many projects, and you get thrown in the deep end quite often, so you learn a lot at a high pace and step up your seniority quickly."- Pål Nødseth, Senior Developer, EGGS Design Trondheim
When it comes to the developer's role in client projects, Pål has a clear view of what it should be: « It’s our job to create value for the client. For you as a developer, that partly means acting as an advisor to make sure that the client makes the right technological choices. We need to ensure stability, reliability, and scalability of the software or the solution that we deliver. That also requires that the code that we hand off is easy to understand. It’s all about creating both immediate and future value for the client.»
However, the technicalities are not the only thing that Pål points out as important – «It’s essential that you don’t only have the technical skills and knowledge as a developer. You also need to communicate well to be able to collaborate with both designers and the client. You have to create a common understanding of where you’re heading.»
In EGGS, we’re all motivated by positively impacting society, businesses, and people’s lives. For Pål, it’s no different. When asked what he loves most about what he does, he replies: «It’s to create something concrete that gives me a kick. I love working together with others to create something that will be useful to people. Specifically, as a developer, I think our work has the potential to contribute to safer digital solutions. The safety aspect is vital, and it’s important that you can stand behind your code as a developer.» He then adds, «Good code is understandable and scalable. Much like good design, it needs to be functional and help people achieve what they want to achieve.”
“Good code is understandable and scalable. Much like good design, it needs to be functional and help people achieve what they want to achieve.”- Pål Nødseth, Senior Developer, EGGS Design Trondheim
Full name: Pål Nødsteth
Title in EGGS: Senior Developer
Born in: The small town of Florø
What made you apply for a job in EGGS? The culture and the opportunity to work on exciting projects.
Educational background: Music teaching degree plus independent courses in informatics from NTNU.
Hobbies: I have two small children, so most of my time is spent with them. But I also love making music and playing the guitar.And, of course, the nerd in me loves learning about new technology.
What’s your dream project? For me, it’s more about the project it’s set up. I love working in projects where you get to influence strategic decisions from the start and where there are short routes for decisions to be made. I'm not too fond of bureaucracy.
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