This article was originally published on .cult by Nadya Primak. .cult is a media platform for untold developer stories, where developers can read content around the softer side of development and watch documentaries about the tech they love. You can read this original piece here.
The career ladder for software engineers is often confusing and inconsistent. Many people who go into software development tend to go in with tunnel vision – they don’t even think about the career ladder because they’re so focused on the next pay bump or the next feature release. Also, they know that there are at least two steps in the ladder to worry about before anything dramatic can happen: junior developers become mid level developers and mid level developers become senior developers. But what about after that?