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    Swizec's articles in the "career" category

    I aim to write mindblowing emails with real insight into the career and skills of a modern software engineer. "Raw and honest from the heart!" as one reader described them.

    Below are 22 articles filed under career. Enjoy ❤️

    Trust your wings, not the market

    Success in your career doesn't come from relying on the market or job stability. It comes from trusting your own wings - having a clear vision, treating work as a value exchange, leveraging your skills, and owning your path
    September 13th, 2023

    Why write

    Regular writing is a secret superpower! Sharpens your thoughts, boosts your career, and helps you become an authority in your field. Don't pretend to be an expert, just share your experiences. Your insights are gold
    August 30th, 2023

    How many years to senior engineer?

    Becoming a senior engineer isn't about clocking years, but about depth and breadth of experience. Work in diverse teams, stick with a codebase for 3+ years, and take on projects with real stakes.
    August 22nd, 2023

    Clarification on how ownership makes careers

    Aa few readers wrote in with questions and objections to last week's Ownership makes careers email. Here's a few clarifications.
    June 26th, 2023

    Ownership makes careers

    Own shit. At least put your name on things. Yes, before it's successful.
    June 23rd, 2023

    How one sentence guides your career

    Unlock the secret to guiding your career with a powerful positioning statement. Learn to stand out in the job market and attract opportunities that align with your expertise and values.
    May 31st, 2023

    How positioning makes you stand out from the crowd

    Stand out in the job market with a strong positioning statement! Focus on the value you bring to organizations, not just tech skills. Be specific about what you do, for whom, and how.
    May 23rd, 2023

    Why a tech meltdown is the best time to invest in your career

    Invest in your career growth. Seize the moment to develop new skills and prepare for a brighter future
    May 23rd, 2023

    Your background won't get you the job

    Skills and experience matter more than prestigious schools and employers.
    April 18th, 2023

    "If you're so good, why aren't you making 600k at BigTech?"

    Swiz shares why he's not making the big bucks at a tech giant, from the soul-crushing grind of corporate to the funny money of tech compensation.
    March 10th, 2023

    Own your career like an expert

    You can achieve more with your career by leveraging your experience, advice, and ability to clear blockers, rather than just working hard. This approach of "force multiplying" your team can create more value than working alone
    March 3rd, 2023

    Reader question: How to grow 10+ years into your career?

    For those wanting to stay hands-on, we recommend solving bigger better challenges with higher stakes and new problems.
    January 16th, 2023

    In case of layoffs

    Advice on how to prepare for potential layoffs, how to support friends and colleagues who have been laid off, and how to find a new job after being laid off.
    January 10th, 2023

    Can you stay a senior engineer forever?

    Here's an idea that can take the pressure off your career: Yes, you can stay a senior software engineer forever. But how?
    November 24th, 2022

    On becoming tech lead

    A few weeks ago I made tech lead, a type of staff engineer. Here are my thoughts on what that means, how it happened, and why you'd want such a thing.
    November 5th, 2022

    Reader question: Work at a big international or a local studio?

    Fellow reader Frank writes in with a question about career moves and I thought my answer could help you too
    October 20th, 2022

    Grow your career ... in this economy??

    if you've been following tech news lately, things feel ... 😖 Between the layoffs, hiring freezes, investors suddenly caring about revenue, and whatever the heck stock markets are doing, we're in for a rough time. BUT!
    October 12th, 2022

    Always have 3 answers

    How do you stand out as an expert amid tech layoffs?
    July 1st, 2022

    When to join and leave a company, project, or trend

    Timing changes everything. Who do you think has better engineers? The team that built Google from 9 million daily searches in 2000 to 1 billion in 2009, or the team that launched Google's 10th chat app last year?
    April 7th, 2022

    Getting from junior to senior

    The difference in salary between a junior and senior engineer can be orders of magnitude. Many multiples at least. But what's the difference in mindset that gets you there?
    November 19th, 2021

    Pay yourself first

    Profit is not what's left after expenses, expenses are what's left after profit.
    July 30th, 2021

    Why you need a positioning statement

    High value experts use positioning statements to say what they do for whom. Most engineers don't have one. 🤨
    May 14th, 2021

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