Complexities of Seniorship in Software Engineering: Tales of Whats and Whatnots

Reaching a Senior roles is hard. But you already know that. What nobody tells you is that going beyond Senior roles gets exponentially harder! It's complex, confusing and scary path. Some do figure it out and profit, while others keep wandering, trying to get back on the track.

I've been in this industry for 15 years now. Did all the roles from Junior, through Medior, to Senior IC. Then I walked the managerial path and I'm still unsure how I felt about it. Eventually I returned back to IC, but this time in big tech. And let me tell you - it's a hell of a journey!

Here is what I am going to talk about -- going beyond Senior Roles is damn hard! And there are some decisions that you have to make in order to prep-yourself up for what's to come. And yes, I made TONS of mistakes, and jumping back and forth between EM and IC does sound sexy, but it's really a painful thing.

So, learn from the experiences of the ones who got burnt and learned!

Mihailo Joksimovic

Senior Software Engineer @ Microsoft

Belgrade, Serbia


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