The Software Engineering Ladder Explained

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Head to to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NAMANHKAPUR. We all want to grow in our careers, but sometimes it’s hard to understand what’s expected of us at each level.

You’re supposed to be already performing at the next level before you’re promoted. But how do you know what that means? Today, I walk you through exactly what you’re responsible for every step of the way. And it’s directly connected to your impact. At the lowest levels you’re impacting only specific features and projects, while as you get more senior, you start impacting the entire company and industry. Here’s a closer look into the software engineering ladder.

I’m a 24 year old, recent graduate working at a high growth startup! Follow along for insights into the tech industry, all things startup, and what to expect as a recent-grad remote software engineer.

0:00 – Intro
0:36 – L2: Intern
1:34 – L3: Software Engineer I
3:17 – L4: Software Engineer II
4:15 – Squarespace shoutout (ad)
5:02 – L5: Senior Software Engineer
6:30 – L6: Staff Software Engineer
7:55 – L7: Senior Staff Software Engineer
9:15 – L8+: Principal Software Engineer/Technical Fellow/etc
10:17 – Outro

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✈️ Tech offsite in San Francisco (Bolt):
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⚠️ Software engineers oncall be like:
🎒 How I would learn to code (if I could start over):
🗽 A day in the life in New York City:
❌ Rejecting internship offers from Microsoft and Facebook:
😎 I’m not the best programmer:
🌇 A day in the life of a software engineer in San Francisco:
⏰ 10 years of coding: everything I’ve ever learned:
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Namanh Kapur says:

if you got to L5 would you keep grinding or just chill?

Karna Ghose says:

Can anyone get to level 5 within 4.5-5 years? If he/she works hard?

Stranger says:

Bro I'm learning full stack web development from Masai School. Is it possible to go foreign to do job through with that skill?

Ahmed Abuiliazeed says:

God First, Corporate America Second

Shreyash Thakrey says:

Amazing info namanh, keep making informative videos like this.

Ram Doni says:

Hi greetings know me from indonesia. have you ever lived in Indonesia? And thank you for your video about Coding.

Ziad Miqdadi says:

Great video.

Plo Ewie says:

Can you explain the difference for Computer Science and Software engineering. I specifically want to know which one is better for software development. Just a comment will help, thanks.

Nro337 says:

Awesome video! Great quality and info

Saurabh Kacholiya says:

What habit to cultivate to become a better engineer or good at software developer job like frontend. What path to follow or mind set to cultivate?

Harneet Singh says:

Hey Namanh, how’s Bolt handling the Layoff ? Do you see yourself leaving ?

Thomas McLean says:

I really needed this breakdown of the levels. We don't have a detailed layout of responsibilities at my job.

Hurstil Thymy says:

Did you get laid off at Bolt?

Arvind Rajan says:

YOO this was so detailed – love how you broke it down so even people outside of tech can understand it!

Mohamed Ahmed says:

Hey Namanh, I have been watching your videos since you began youtube.Love the content you are provide. much different then other engineer youtubers. Great work !!

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