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Timeless Career Advice for Software Engineers

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Louie BacajSenior Director at Walmart. Engineer turned entrpreneur.
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Course Overview

Before I quit my high-paying job to work for myself, I was the youngest Senior Director in Walmart Engineering. I earned the most promotions in the shortest time and climbed 6 levels in 4 years. In this course, I've packaged everything I learned so you can quickly advance your engineering career.

In this course, I'll tell you the things your manager wants to tell you, but can't. Either because it would make things awkward, or it would get them in trouble. These are things that I had to learn the hard way. This is the advice I wish I would have had years ago, that you will get now.

In this course, I am taking a whole year of One on Ones I would have with one of my reports and compressing them into an hour and a half for you. Plus I am adding a whole bunch of detail people aren't usually fully aware of about One on Ones.

After going through this course, you will:

  • 👍🏽 Discuss various career options: startups vs Big Tech and IC vs manager.
  • 📣 Demystify what good software engineers actually do
  • 😳 Determine the critical soft skills you need to succeed as an engineer
  • 🔟 Figure out how 10x engineers operate
  • 📈 Learn the simple formula for promotion and how it relates to time and scope
  • 🗣 Know what to do in 1:1s and performance reviews
Meet Louie Bacaj

Over the last decade, I grew from an Individual Contributor Software Engineer to a Senior Director running multiple engineering teams at a Fortune 1 Company.

My teams and I built Tech for a business unit with over $35 Billion in annual revenue.

Before this, I was an early employee at a Startup, and I built eCommerce, personalization, and growth marketing tech that helped us go from 0 revenue to over a billion in sales in 1 year. Then that startup (Jet.com) got acquired for $3.3 Billion.

This is the 1:1 with your Engineering Manager you should've had. I'm condensing decades of experience into 1.5 hours of wisdom to help you navigate your career.

My career was going great, but then I decided to quit. I walked away from a big guaranteed salary in Big Tech. I'm an engineer turned entrepreneur focused on building a portfolio of small bets.

Connect with Louie:

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BowTiedHal Software Engineer

Fantastic course!

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Nir Shney-dorCTO of Monkeybal

Watched @LBacaj's "Timeless Career Advice for Software Engineers" in one take.

Priceless advice if you work in big tech. Obvious in retrospect but priceless if you are just beginning. I wish someone had told me these things 3 years ago; it would have made my AWS journey clearer.

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Gergely Oroszex-Uber, author at The Pragmatic Engineer

The 1.5h Timeless Career Advice for Software Engineers from @LBacaj is so good.

It's the kind of honest insights for those in tech you could only get in the past if you were close friends with an eng director.

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DaveEngineering Manager

Watched the course today and referred it to a group of mentees getting their start in tech...100% stuff I wish I would've known from the jump, extremely useful

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Senior Software EngineerMeta

The information is quite abstract. It would have been more helpful to have some situations and behaviors/actions that ilustrates the information

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Senior Staff Applied ScientistUdemy

Great course

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JayPrincipal Software Engineer

The whole internet about to level up

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AlvinSenior Engineer

Louie's casual conversational style is like experiencing the most friendly and engaging manager ever opening up on how to achieve more and get promoted.

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ElliotWeb Developer

So, I finished the course last night and had a few more thoughts.

You should definitely charge more for this :) This advice is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe even millions in some cases.

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Mid-Level Software EngineerMeta