The Seniority Trap
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The Seniority Trap

Become a senior engineer without losing your soul

About the Book

I'm 36 years old software developer. A principal engineer. In these eleven chapters, I share with you different challenges, events, situations that I encountered during your my while you're working towards my goals seeking senior positions.

There is a fair chance that you'll face these patterns too. Maybe you already lived them through.

While nobody's career can serve as a concrete recipe for success - and in any case, you have to define first what success means to you -, you can and should take ideas from other people's life and implement them in your career.

In this book, you will read about many helpful ideas to work on and pitfalls to avoid. It'd be hard to pick three items but if I must, here they are:

  • Define your own definition of success
  • Don't be afraid and learn to ask
  • Speak up for your team and for yourself

About the Author

Sandor Dargo
Sandor Dargo

I am a C++ software craftsman with strong Python working in the tourism and hospitality industry and an enthusiastic blogger writing about coding, books, and the importance of stoic philosophy in a software developer's life.

I moved to software development from database operations which means that I don't just care about delivering a product as fast as possible, but I do understand the importance of stability and maintainability.

I'm passionate about delivering clean solutions, but I find even more important to help my teams to constantly raise the bar and to (re)focus on quality and clean code. I do this by explaining how high-quality work will help them in their individual careers, by introducing more meaningful development processes and automation and by teaching them industry best practices. 


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Table of Contents

  • About the author
  • Introduction
    • The number of developers is constantly growing!
    • What are you going to find in this book?
  • Chapter 1: The value of corporations for a junior developer
    • Searching boredom
    • Work for a corporation!
    • Sharpen your axe and chop down the tree quickly
    • What do you want from a job, that is the question
  • Chapter 2: Getting out of the junior mindset
    • It doesn’t take years to gain some experience
    • What is a junior mindset?
    • How to be a junior developer without the junior mindset?
  • Chapter 3: Find yourself something you can be passionate about
    • Miraculous transformations can happen to anyone
    • Accelerate your growth with the right resources
    • Passion will fuel your growth. But how do you find it?
    • Why you should find your niche
  • Chapter 4: Handle failures and obstacles so that they help you
    • It’s always your fault
    • The dangers of taking all the blame
    • How to turn failures into growth in 5 steps?
    • Tackling obstacles by asking questions and taking responsibility
    • When to act, when to let it go
  • Chapter 5: Ask or you won’t get it
    • They will take advantage of you
    • Successful people take their fair shares
    • But why don’t people ask?
    • You have to ask for it
  • Chapter 6: Stand up for yourself and your values
    • Do you hold values?
    • They don’t have to like you
    • Be a leader ________ an individual contributor
    • Don’t burn all the bridges
    • Respect your values
    • Is it worth having conflicts?
    • Never be a victim
  • Chapter 7: The Seniority Trap
    • You wanted to code less
    • You were told that this is the way to get promoted
    • It just happened to you
    • The way out
  • Chapter 8: Non-coding roles or something you like?
    • Should you accept it or not?
    • Create your own portfolio job
    • Don’t become an energy vampire, it is never that bad
    • Be always ready to change
    • You have the time to do what you enjoy
  • Chapter 9: Transforming individual ideas into challenges
    • Are you willing to give up some of your coding time?
    • Three ways to become a multiplier
  • Chapter 10: Limit your focus to a couple of things
    • Splitting your focus is the way to fail
    • Whatever you think, your capacity is limited
    • Your goals must make sense
  • Chapter 11: Keep being hungry
    • Success is the best predictor of failure.
    • Go for progress
    • Make yourself accountable
    • Keep being hungry
  • Conclusion

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