Most senior roles, technology or otherwise, should be able to strike a good balance between solving existing problems and creating new problems. In aggregate, they should solve more problems than they create, and this is how we make progress; fulfilling general goals but also agitating for improvements. One of my line managers once called this "looking for the right kind of trouble".
I'm joining Elastic (9 mins read).
Announcing my move to Elastic as a Senior Software Engineer, and looking back at my time at Deliveroo.
I don't think I want my next promotion (yet) (5 mins read).
Taking a second to pause and think about what Staff Engineer means to me, and why (right now) I may be looking to stay happy at Senior Engineer.
Collection of different career paths -- share your experience - GitHub - AnaisUrlichs/awesome-career-paths: Collection of different career paths -- share your experience
Looking at whether learning how to be more productive, during work hours, is a reasonable thing to do.
Does the tech industry thrive on free work? (6 mins read).
Thinking about how there are subtle expectations to work on your career outside of tech, and how it's not necessarily great.
I know holding out through terrible work conditions to officially reach your bonus can be enticing, but remember to account for what you're losing while you wait. Once you've accounted for that, compare that to your estimated bonus to see if it's truly worth it.
Taylor Poindexter (@engineering_bae)Sun, 24 Oct 2021 15:33 +0000
Thinking about it - same!
“A promotion is recognition of the work you’re already doing—so work at that level and wait for it to be recognized.” Fuck everything about that; “wait for your work to be rewarded” sounds like exactly how many successful people you know?
Corey Quinn (@QuinnyPig)Sun, 18 Apr 2021 04:47 +0000
Looking back, I kinda regret not asking some of my ex-managers more about how they work before taking the respective roles. It can be easy to underestimate the impact one person can have on your career in the early years.
If you interview, try to interview whomever will be your boss
Scott Hanselman (@shanselman)Sat, 09 May 2020 19:34 +0000
زهرة || zahra (@zahrataiba)Sat, 09 May 2020 20:01 +0000
This is a great idea, which I believe I've seen Julia mention in the past, and I definitely agree that this can help with making sure you remember what you've done! In a previous job we had 'monthly status reports' which were an overhead at the time, but when leaving the job (as my placement year was up) I was able to look back at all the stuff that I'd achieved.
I like to get microfeedback from colleagues, so throughout the year I'm getting bits of feedback on things I've worked on, so for 6-month checkins I've got lots of evidence.
My Path from School to University to Work (25 mins read).
A look back at my journey up to now, the choices I've made, and what advice I have for others who are embarking on their own journeys into tech.
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