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Alex ChiouTech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero

Focus, Focus, Focus

A lot of software engineers falsely believe that having every tech stack ever on your resume means that you are the perfect interview candidate as you qualify for the most jobs. The reverse is actually true, and championing that strategy leads to massive gains in both your code quality and job prospects. This lesson will teach you:

  • The real recipe for being highly paid and easily hired as a software engineer
  • Signs that you have become a true technical master in your domain and are now ready to move on to other tech stacks
  • How to structure your journey as an earlier-in-career software engineer (5 years of experience or less)
  • How to navigate the junior engineer career trap that is "full-stack" engineer
  • What hiring managers look for in engineering candidates, especially at Big Tech
  • The overall technical mastery trajectory for software engineers and how you can reach the top
  • Why focus is so important for your longer-term learning as a software engineer