Engineering Career Growth

Hello and Welcome! It's good to have you here!

My name is Alex Navasardyan. I am a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Auditboard. I have been writing software for over ten years and leading teams for over five years.

Who Is This For

This newsletter is right for anyone who wants to learn and grow your career, whether you're just starting out or ready to take your career to the next level.

  • Students or recent college grads.

  • Aspiring/junior software engineers.

  • Senior and Staff software engineers.

  • Software engineers who are looking to become engineering managers.

  • Engineering managers.

What To Expect

I've worked at various companies, from consultancies/startups to midsize firms to big corporations, and I've worked with people from all over the world.

I invite people who want to learn and grow with a focus on the following:

  • Navigating a career in software engineering.

  • Effectively communicating ideas and collaborating with your counterparts.

  • Navigating ambiguity.

  • Tackling big projects spanning a year (and more) with several stakeholders.

  • Thinking about and addressing technical debt.

  • Building a platform others can build on from the ground up.

  • Building consensus across different parties.

  • "(Enterprise) Architecting."

  • Transitioning from pure engineering to engineering leadership to management.

  • Taking and giving feedback.

Why I Write

I have been doing software engineering for over 15 years, made mistakes, and had some successes. Reflecting on my career path, I see that few "career in software engineering" materials were available (compared to what you can find now.) Even now, the subject is still complex to navigate with all the information on Twitter and YouTube.

I wish someone had explained how to have a successful career and enjoy life at a slightly different pace back then: work responsibly and develop interests outside of work. It is great to be able to sprint sometimes, but you have to sprint to something. Sprinting for the sake of being ahead is pointless? When do you stop?

Let's Be Friends

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