How to Advance as an Engineer Without Going Into Management
Jan 11, 2022
Senior Software Engineer
Ylopo is a next-generation technology platform that helps real estate brokers, agents and teams grow and manage their business. Its all-in-one digital hub is designed for customers to generate new customers, nurture their existing prospects, manage their team and build their brand. How long have you been working as a software engineer, and what types of roles have you held? I’ve been a software engineer for more than 20 years. Working mostly at startups and small companies, I’m usually wearing a lot of hats, filling roles such as backend engineer, database administrator (DBA), system administrator and DevOps engineer. Management is not for everyone, but many engineers feel it can be difficult to progress in their career without making the jump. How have you navigated conversations about career growth with your managers, and what steps have you taken to keep pushing your career forward? I think the key is to always be learning. That not only makes an engineer a better individual contributor as technology changes, but it also keeps the job interesting and provides motivation for career growth without going into management. I try to attend conferences and meetups as well as follow tech channels online to stay current and keep learning. What types of growth opportunities exist at your company for software developers who want to remain in an individual contributor role? There is no set path, but Ylopo provides flexibility in terms of roles. Developers aren’t confined to a single part of the stack, nor a single role in team dynamics. There’s a lot of room to step up in terms of leading teams and driving tech decisions while remaining an individual contributor.