Depth vs Breadth
Sr. Software Engineer at Lyft, Level5
Ph.D. in Physics
- You work harder than everyone else.
- You train State Of The Art models.
- You publish papers at top conferences.
Most likely (90% chance) you will never get to L6!
Skill tree. In theory.
Skill tree. In practice.
Want to advance your career?
You can not be a specialist.
You need to become T-shape!
Why companies are interested in
- Easy to toss between projects.
- Decreased "bus factor".
- Less people to do the job.
- Can lead large scale projects.
- Less biased point of view.
- Broader job market.
- You work with many interesting people.
Going wide is painful
- Imposter syndrome.
- Not all things that you need to learn are interesting.
- Work with numerous people. Many of them feel like idiots.
- Feel that you are losing your deep knowledge.
- Feel that you are wasting your life.
What if not go wide?
Middle in industry
Instead of a conclusion
You need to add width to your depth. => T-shape
You need to find time for deep work.
Depth vs bredth
By Vladimir Iglovikov