Customer Reviews 🚀

Mohammed Edun

Senior Full-stack Developer - Canada, Remote
New Job, More Confidence, Better Salary
"I improved my technical skills in a very short amount of time. I got good at interviewing. For me the weekly calls were the best. I would be able to get immediate feedback and act on it."

Problem

Mohammed was transitioning into the North American software development market which he found to be much more competitive. He wanted help with his techincal gaps as well as his job search.

Solution

Mohammed was able to deliver features, but he completely lacked the mental models needed to reach Senior level. Also his technical interviewing skills needed a brush up.

Result

After implementing the Software Mastery System, Mohammed got a new job, remote, with a great salary. He is not focusing on building full-stack skills.

Izaak Chater

Frontend Developer - Australia
New Job, Senior Level Position
"Things were not looking good, but after I found you, things turned around."

Problem

As a self-taught developer, Izaak lack confidence and had technical gaps all over. Also, the way he was selling himself in the market was not bringing him technical interviews.

Solution

After the technical assessment we've determined which skills Izaak should focus on in the short term, and left long term skills for after the job finding process. We also focused heavily on techincal inteviewing skills.

Result

Izaak got a new job in record time, with the tech stack he loved, JavaScript. With a much better salary and benefits. But most importantly he got his confidence and love for buillding software back as well.

Zoe Thexton

Full-stack Developer - Bristol, UK
New Job, Better Tech Stack
"Having you guys and the community in the corner has been really great."

Problem

Zoe's challenge was she was a Jane of all trades, able to solve issues across the stack but with no real specialisation and little technical depth. Interviews were hard and her self-taught background did not help.

Solution

After analyzing her technical gaps, we've focused on making her more techinically deep, particularly in the JavaScript ecosystem. She then went to the market.

Result

In a matter of weeks, Zoe landed a new position that allowed her to work with a better tech stack. A few months later, she switched again, this time to a company that gave her a much better salary and role.

Jarek Wyprzal

Full-stack Developer - Bristol, UK
New Job, Full-stack, Better Salary
"I got two job offers and my salary increased over 50%."

Problem

Jarek's skills were concentrated on the frontend. After his company faced layoffs, he's had to go back to the market just to realize he had significant gapps.

Solution

First, we've helped Jarek strengthen his fundamentals and frontend knowledge. Then, we added backend skills, a top-notch CV plus technical interviewing skills.

Result

In a matter of weeks Jarek got a new job with a considerable pay increase. More importantly, he diversified his skills into the full stack, making sure he is more relevant than ever in the current market.

Shanzar Kanapin

Senior Frontend Developer - Hamburg, DE
New Position After Layoffs, Better Salary
"It helped me to have a structure and get a new job with a very tight deadline. "

Problem

Had to find a new job fast, under tight deadline (less than a month). Technical interview skills were rusty and technical gaps as he was mostly self-taught.

Solution

Fix technical gaps quickly, focus on quick wins. Fix CV and LinkedIn profile, and put in place a system for Shanzar to clear techincal interviews with ease.

Result

Went back to the market, got a new and better job, stabilised his financial and visa situation. Right now working to become even more Senior on the fullstack.

Jana Kunft

Principal Engineer - London, UK
Technical Leadership, Confidence, Salary
"I love how well-rounded the training is. I can't see who I wouldn't recommend this to."

Problem

Jana got a new job with a tech stack she wasn't familiar with (JavaScript full-stack) and a level of responsibility she hadn't faced before (Principal/Staff). She wanted to overdeliver at her job and catch up technically.

Solution

After analyzing her situation, we've built a technical plan focused on technical debt. After the fundamentals were strong we would proceed to go deeper into topics like Architecture so Jana could lead her team.

Result

Jana passed her probation period with ease, over-delivered in her first project, and was given her own team. Months later, she's been promoted to the next level with a considerable pay increase.

Guido Carruci

Frontend Developer - Italy, Remote
More Confidence, Better Salary
"At work I feel much more confident. I feel I am on the right path. I got much better at technical interviews. I also got a new job."

Problem

Felt stuck, didn't know where to go in his developer career. Had technical gaps and thought it was time for him to move to Senior level.

Solution

The first step with Guido was finding out his technical gaps and moving on to learning Senior level skills such as testing, performance and architecture.

Result

Guido's confidence in his skills skyrocketed, he was able to think like a Senior developer and go beyond just coding. Shortly after, he's got a new job with a much better salary.

Chris Joiner

Frontend Developer - York, UK
Back to Writing Code As A Senior Developer
"I wanted to fill my gaps to the Senior level and have already done side projects and online courses. I was looking for something more efficient, that's when I found you."

Problem

Chris was moved into management in his company but he didn't liked it. He wanted to go back to writing code, and level himself up to Senior level by fixing his technical gaps.

Solution

What we did with Chris is to first get him to Senior level in the frontend and afterwards help him diversify his skills on the fullstack.

Result

Chris got a new Senior level position with better pay and better tech stack. The funny part is he wasn't even looking for something new. They poached him when they say his profile and skills.

Michael Williams

Frontend Developer - London, UK
More Confidence, New Position
"I was confident I can answer any interview question."

Problem

Michal was looking for a new role, but he struggled with technical interviews as well as selling himself properly.

Solution

The focus with Michael was in first upgrading his CV and LinkedIn as well as the way he is selling himself. And afterwards, improving his technical interviewing skills.

Result

After putting in place the Software Mastery System, Michael has got a new position with a substantial pay increase in the tech stack he like the most (React, JavaScript).

Lucian Mot

Full-stack Developer - London, UK
80% salary increase, Senior position
"My salary improved by around 80%. This is amazing."

Problem

After returning to the job market Lucian realised his technical and interviewing skills needed to improve to land the job he wanted.

Solution

Lucian was mostly self-taught, which means his fundamentals could improve. He also has been exposed to only one major codebase in his career, he had to improve his architecture skills.

Result

With renewed confidence after going through Software Mastery, Lucian returned to the market, landing a Senior level position where he almost doubled his salary.

Arti Mathanda

Full-stack Engineer - London, UK
No more Impostor Syndrome, better position
“I wanted to fill the gaps in my knowledge with more direction and guidance.”

Problem

Arti was suffering from impostor syndrome and wanted to fill her technical gaps. As a self-taught career changer, she never got proper guidance beyond online courses and side projects.

Solution

A tailored plan for her to improve her fundamentals with a focus on getting deeper into the frontend and adding more skills on the full-stack.

Result

Arti successfully up-skilled herself to the Senior level, leading her to survive a significant round of layoffs at her company. After a few months, she checked the market and switched positions to a bigger company with a better salary and title.

Nabil Eldirsi

Senior Frontend Developer - London, UK
Senior Title, 33% salary increase
“You guys are always there. That has been highly beneficial.”

Problem

After more than 5 years of writing code, Nabil struggled with confidence issues after a layoff. His skills were also not adapted to the market, and he had difficulties in technical interviews.

Solution

Together, we put in place a plan to address his technical gaps and up skill to a Senior level. A huge focus was on diversifing his skills from an Angular Developer to a more Full-stack Engineer.

Result

Shortly after he got back to the market, he landed a better job, with an over 33% pay increase and a higher level.

Parinaz Roghany

Senior Frontend Developer - Berlin, Germany
30% salary increase, top tech company
“I understood things much better and in depth, and my skills improved a lot.”

Problem

As a self taught developer and career changer, despite having several years of experience, Parinaz felt stuck. No promotions were coming her way, but she felt ready for a Senior level role.

Solution

Together, we identified the gaps in her tech skills. We set up a plan, and worked on filling those gaps, focusing on fundamentals and the bigger picture.

Result

Parinaz re-entered the market and landed a Senior role at a leading tech company, with a much higher salary.

Ioannis Katri

Full-stack Developer - Berlin, Germany
From Wordpress to Micro-services
“You were always close to me. It was friendly but expert vibe.”

Problem

After coding for more than 3 years, Ioannis’s skill set was limited to outdated technologies, which made it hard for him to be competitive in the job market.

Solution

After analyzing his skillset, we put in place a plan for Ioannis to strengthen his fundamentals and get a better understanding of software development best practices.

Result

After Software Mastery, Ioannis has been able to upgrade his skills to the Senior level, switching jobs and countries and moving to his dream city, Berlin.

Andy Gummer

Senior Developer - Dublin, Ireland
From individual contributor to leading a team
“The peace of mind of knowing you have someone to ask has already made it worth doing.”

Problem

Andy has been writing code for a few years already, but as a self-taught developer struggled with confidence issues, resulting in him having to decline or end contracts sooner because of the delivery stress.

Solution

Address technical gaps and put in place solid knowledge of fundamentals and best practices for him to deliver with ease, be able to lead the team technically, and take more responsibility.

Result

In a matter of weeks, Andy’s life got back on track. He was able to lead his team technically, make technical decisions and influence the products he’s been working on. But more important, he was able to leave work at work and have more quality time with his family.

Akua Appiah-Lindberg

Software Engineer - Berlin, Germany
better position, technical dept
"No matter what the question was, I had an answer."

Problem

Akua moved from project to project, tech stack to tech stack, without mastering anything. She needed a roadmap to develop her software skills and break into the market.

Solution

We stepped in with a clear focus on technical depth. We created a tailored plan to improve her core software skills from fundamentals to the software lifecycle.

Result

In her own words, she saw that "investing in yourself pays off". Having a clear plan and direct feedback paid off, Akua got a much better position at a top tech company.

Petar Car

Software Engineer - Berlin, Germany
New position leading the team
"The way that this changes the way that you think, how you approach your job, your profession... it's going to pay off."

Problem

Despite his competence, Petar struggled with imposter syndrome. He was looking for a clear direction, a way to shake off the doubts and keep moving up the ladder.

Solution

Seeing Petar's struggle, we stepped in with a clear plan to get him back on track. The focus was solidifying the fundamentals, fine-tuning his existing skills, and teaching him how to learn new ones efficiently.

Result

Petar quickly regained his footing and rapidly advanced his skills, fueling his growth in his new position. He learned to approach his profession confidently, beating the imposter syndrome. The Senior Dev community had become his launchpad.

Jessica Constanzo

Backend Engineer - Berlin, Germany
Promotion, more responsibility
"I would tell you is a very wise decision."

Problem

Jessica, a backend developer, felt lost on her journey from junior to senior. How to get there? How to voice her ideas confidently in meetings?

Solution

We guided Jessica with a clear-cut plan to the next level. We focused on practical skills for immediate use at work and helped boost her confidence.

Result

She started using her new skills at work, tackled her impostor syndrome, and began speaking up in meetings.

Zubair Masqood

Full-Stack Engineer - London, UK
70% pay increase, Mid/Senior level
"It made a massive difference in my career."

Problem

Zubair, a backend-focused full-stack developer, was caught at a crossroad - unable to break out from mid-level developer status and unsure how to move up.

Solution

We built Zubair a clear roadmap and the necessary skills to level up as well as weekly feedback as he implement it.

Result

Zubair not only broke free from his mid-level deadlock but also scored a whopping 70% salary increase!

Christoph Weissteiner

Frontend Developer - Munich, Germany
Better confidence & Freelance Rate
"It really, really helped me become a better developer"

Problem

Christoph, a freelance front-end dev working with React, TypeScript, and Node.js, found himself hunting for something deeper - the core tenets of full-stack web development.

Solution

We created a clear structure plan drilling into software development principles applicable to his tech stack.

Result

Christoph's evolved into a more robust developer and started shipping high-quality code. As he puts it, the program was a total game-changer.

David Lazar

Frontend Developer - London, UK
From Junior to Mid/Senior, 30% pay increase
“I diversified my skills and got a great salary increase.”

Problem

David was struggling to move to the next level. What’s more, his company announced redundancy plans. He didn’t feel ready to hit the market, lacking confidence in technical interviews and a limited pool of companies to interview for.

Solution

After assessing his technical gaps, we’ve put in place a strategy for David to diversify his skills beyond the Vue ecosystem and regain his confidence in technical interviews.

Result

David transitioned from Vue to React, diversifying his skills and landing a new position at a higher seniority level and better pay.

Raffaele Nicosia

Frontend Developer - London, UK
60% pay increase, remote position & modern stack
“Working with you was like having a cup of tea with a friend. You are always there for us.”

Problem

As a self-taught developer, Raffaele struggled with understanding exactly what things he needed to focus on to get to the next level. Even though he’s been coding for more than four years at the time, he’s been switching different tech-stack and his company didn’t offer any training or mentorship for him to transition to the next level.

Solution

The focus with Raffaele was #1 crystalizing his existing knowledge around key principles and fundamentals so he can connect the dots, and be able to deliver with full confidence end to end in the JavaScript (React, Node, TypeScript) stack.

Result

After putting the Software Mastery system in place, Raffaele skyrocketed his confidence in his technical skills being able to overdeliver at his current position, he ended up switching jobs. In the process, he almost doubled his salary and got the flexibility of working 100% remotely which was one of his dream in order to be able to stay close to his family in Italy.

Kirsten Lee Burton

Senior Frontend Engineer - New York, USA
35% salary increase, Senior level position
 “I was able to weed out all the noise, and focus on the things that were important.”

Problem

Kirsten's challenge came from her experience as a self-taught engineer and the relatively small company she was working at. She became the “Jane of all trades” jumping from feature development to bug fixes to setting up infrastructure topics. As a result, she lacked the technical depth required for a Senior Engineer. Confused by the number of blog posts and tutorials out there, she reached out to us to craft a clear path for her to the next level.

Solution

The biggest breakthrough in the case of Kirsten and the first thing we did was finding out first what were the exact gaps in her knowledge. The second step was to leave secondary topics to the side (infrastructure) and focus on gaining depth in the tech stack she wanted to grow in, JavaScript. Using the mental models and principles contained in the Software Mastery program and getting feedback from us all along the way.

Result

In a couple of weeks, Kirsten went from barely getting by having to catch on weekend and evening, to becoming the “go-to” person and leading her team. Shortly after she moved on to a better position that meant a salary increase of roughly 40% in her compensation and offered her the ability to work remotely (something she was looking for since she became a developer). She is now constantly improving herself as part of the community and is on her way to getting her own team.

Fahed Arshad

Full-Stack Developer -  Edinburgh, UK
45% salary increase, modern stack
"It gave me back the passion for software engineering."

Problem

As a self taught developer Fahed has been working with the JavaScript stack for a while and he was hungry for something more, but every time he tried, Impostor Syndrome would hold him back. At his job, he spent most of his time fixing bugs, and never got the chance to build strong fundamentals.

Solution

After analyzing Fahed’s gaps we put together a personalized roadmap and went straight to work. He applied our Mastery System to his particular situation and got feedback from us at every point of the journey. He took action, implemented, and also got extremely involved in the community.

Result

After working with us, Fahed almost doubled his salary within just a few weeks, and not only that but he made the transition from “coder” to “engineer” that he’s been looking for. He went from guessing his way out through things to being able to deliver with full confidence, end-to-end like a true Senior Developer.

Adriana Matsufuji

Full-Stack Developer - The Randstad, NL
45% salary increase, paid time off, bigger company
“I even thought at some point about leaving software development until I met you and you changed that. ”

Problem

Adriana was a fullstack developer, and after almost 5 years writing code felt like getting stuck without making much progress. Even though she felt ready for the next level she didn’t have a clear idea on how to get there. She even thought at some point about leaving Software Development and trying something else. Well lucky she didn't, she decided to join theSeniorDev instead.

Solution

Getting into development through a Bootcamp, meant Adriana’s fundamentals were not so strong. That’s actually the first thing that came up after analysing her technical gaps. It was also obvious that she spent too much time jumping from backend to frontend and from framework to framework which only accentuated her gaps and didn’t give her the chance to sharpen her technical skills at a deeper level.

Result

After only a few weeks of working together, Adriana was on the way to making her dream come true, a better position that matched her technical level. What’s more, during the interviews she got the feedback that there were no questions left for her as she nailed them all. She moved on to a bigger company with, a better tech stack, and increased her salary by 45% in the process. Beyond that, she’s built the kind of confidence that will carry her beyond the Senior level.

Laura White

Full-stack Developer - Wisconsin, USA
Pay increase, signing bonus, modern tech stack

“It was a shortcut. You got me straightened out.”

Problem

After being a web developer for years, Laura felt a bit stuck. She wanted to move toward more senior software engineering positions, but she lacked the production experience and exposure to scale needed. Laura felt like she’s got what it takes to be a great developer but missed the opportunity to put it into practice.

Solution

When we started together, Laura’s focus and efforts were spread in ten different directions. She was jumping from the frontend to the backend without building long lasting expertise in any of them. After finding out her technical gaps we mapped out a systematic action plan for her to build on top of her to make the transition from Software Developer to Software Engineer.

Result

Laura was able to transition into a Software Engineering position successfully, with a more modern tech stack, and a team that supports her in her technical growth. She is now working towards onboarding herself successfully on the new codebase and making steps towards the next level to Senior and beyond!

Ranjit Saimbi

Full-Stack Engineer - London, UK
Crazy pay increase (100%), more responsibility
“It put me years ahead of schedule of where I thought my salary would be.”

Problem

Ex-lawyer and Software Engineer, Ranjit was almost 3 years into development when he got in touch with us. Throughout his journey, he jumped from startup to startup, which meant limited exposure to codebases at scale. He had doubts about the depth of his knowledge and the quality of the mental models he’s built so far regarding software development. At that point, he started thinking about how to get to the next level and that’s when we got in touch.

Solution

Given his startup experience and his self-taught journey, the issues that Ranjit faced were many. On one side, he had to build on his existing knowledge and add more depth to the mix of experiences he’s got. On the other side, he had to widen his experience, particularly on the side of best practices and big-picture understanding (infrastructure, software architecture).

Result

We’ve got to work and after a few weeks working on the foundations, Ranjit started checking out the market with the intention of just getting some feedback. In a matter of weeks he landed an offer that completely blew his expectations, with a 100% salary increase, touching six figures in the London market in his 3rd year of writing code. Way beyond his wildest dreams, he is not motivated to keep growing and working towards the next step.

Renee Duijzers

Full-Stack Developer - Amsterdam, NL
2X salary, better tech stack and team
“I really found my gaps. I gained lots of confidence and a much better job.”

Problem

After working professionally as a developer for the last 3 years, Renee was looking to level up. She made the transition to software development through a Bootcamp. At her current job, she was in charge of enterprise integrations of a proprietary framework based on Python and JavaScript.

Solution

The solution with Renee's was at its core to regain back the focus. In her time writing code, she’s been jumping from JavaScript full-stack to Python backend to enterprise integrations. She knows a bit of everything but she wasn’t particularly strong in any of those tech stacks.

Result

In the next months of working with our team, Renee went from the “Jane of all trades” to a strong JavaScript developer ready for the jump to a more Senior level. Even though it wasn’t her initial intention, she ended up switching jobs with a 50% salary increase, a bigger team, and a better stack.

Goksen Gorgulu

Frontend Developer - Amsterdam, NL
50% salary increase, confidence & modern stack
"I was able to build a really strong foundation and feel very confident about my knowledge and experience. I’m no longer intimidated by computer science terms and also started performing quite well during technical interviews."

Problem

After a career change to tech Goksen struggled to deliver at the level she wante to. What’s more she accumulated experience in different tech stack but knew none too deep. She wanted more responsibility and a level that reflected her skills.

Solution

The first thing we did was to focus all her efforts on what she liked most, that si the React framework, as well as deepen her knowledge of the full-stack (backend, software lifecycle). The aim was to deepen and professionalize the stack of skills.

Result

Goksen successfully transitioned into a more Senior position, working with her favorite stack and an almost 70% salary increase. She is now working towards an Engineering Manager position.

Alex Zahar

JavaScript Developer - Munich, DE
70% salary increase, Senior position, international company
"Enrolling in your mentoring program is one of the best decision I have taken in my software career so far, I would always repeat this experience!"

Problem

As a self taught developer Alex struggled with the fundamentals. After spending most of his career working for a startup he became a “Jack of all trades”, knowing a lot about many things but not having deep expertise in any of them.

Solution

A personalized roadmap that would focus his efforts on the JavaScript stack, particularly the frontend. As a second step, to master software fundamentals and make the transition from coder to engineer.

Result

Alex took action right away, as a result he deepened his JavaScript understanding and professionalized his frontend understanding. He ended up switching jobs resulting in a 60% salary increase as well as better tech stack and more responsibilities.

Jennifer Wjertzoch

Frontend Developer - Berlin, DE
Early promotion, mentoring other devs already
"I've really excelled in the months I've been working with them and now I can confidently act as a developer and have the influence in the tech community that I've always wanted to have."

Problem

More than 2 years after transitioning into software development from a non-conventional background (Arts), Jennifer felt disheartened with her new technical career. She’s been boxed into the “junior” level, with no mentorship from her superiors and no growth.

Solution

After carefully understanding what her technical gaps were, Jennifer had to strengthen her fundamentals as well as add more technical depth to her skills, particularly in the JavaScript stack.

Result

Armed with a clear path Jennifer built herself into a high-performing mid/level engineer. In the span of 2 months, she went from needing mentors to mentoring her own junior developers (in the process she almost doubled her salary).

Scott Voyles

JavaScript Developer - Frankfurt, DE
58% salary increase, remote position, product company
"The training gave me a huge boost of confidence going into the interview process, and was a major factor in my landing a great new job - increasing my salary by 58%."

Problem

Well into his 3rd position as a developer Scott noticed that his lack of formal Computer Science degree was holding him back from making the transition into a higher position. Online courses, blog articles, and advice from senior devs only managed to confuse him further, and given his family obligations, he almost lost hope.

Solution

After our initial chat, we realized most of Scott’s issues were due to him having to switch projects so often. He lacked a deep understanding of design patterns and programming principles beyond frameworks.

Result

In the weeks of working together Scott went from being the one asking for help to the top software developer in his team. Shortly after, he switched companies to higher positions with a final 58% increase in salary and flexible hours(one of his goals, as he wanted to have more time for his family).

Michael Evans

Full-Stack Developer - Berlin, DE
Daily rate increase, contracting for top clients now (Toptal)

“It’s a crazy feeling that I haven't had in a long time. It is the sort of thing you don’t get from watching courses on Udemy.”

Problem

A clear step-by-step action plan based on his own technical gaps that would cover the lacking fundamentals and propel him into the Senior level, Michel refreshed his understanding of the frontend and expanded his knowledge of the complete software lifecycle.

Solution

A clear step-by-step action plan based on his own technical gaps that would cover the lacking fundamentals and propel him into the Senior level, Michel refreshed his understanding of the frontend and expanded his knowledge of the complete software lifecycle.

Result

With refreshed confidence in his skills as a full-stack developer, Michael increased his freelance rate and got accepted into an elite network for freelance programmers.
RESULTS

Community Results

Alex Zahar
Fontend Engineer

Enrolling in your mentoring program is one of the best decision I have taken in my software career so far, I would always repeat this experience!

18 Aug, 2021
Jana Kunft
Senior Software Engineer

This program has been and still is absolutely invaluable for me, and I highly recommend it to everyone

Jul 27, 2022
Ilaria Corda
Backend Engineer

Within one month of enrolling into the program, I managed to land a fantastic job and place myself in a salary range I could not remotely hoped for before.

Jan 31, 2022
Fahed Arshad
Full-stack Engineer

Working with Dragos and Bogdan has been an amazing experience where I have been able to not only increase my salary by 40% but also have the technical skills of a true senior software engineer.

17 Aug, 2022
Keith Waters
Fontend Engineer

The most helpful part was all of the motivation and mindset work. Without that, I would not have been able to go from a Mid level to a Senior position at a new company.

Apr 29, 2022
Håvard Andersen
Fontend Engineer

Dragos and Bogdan were instrumental in landing me close to a six figure (USD) salary at a world-renowned consultancy.

Feb 4, 2022
Kirsten O'Farrell
Fontend Engineer

Joining the Code With Dragos Software Mastery Program is truly the best decision I could have made for my career.

Feb 3, 2022
Arti M
Fullstack

If you're tired of hopping from one tutorial to another, tired of trying to keep up with the endless new frameworks and just want to get your fundamentals right and learn how to learn, then this is the place for you!

Aug 14, 2022
 Goksen Gorgulu
Fontend Engineer

A unique software mastery program with great mentors. I recommend this course to any mid-level software developer who wants to become an expert.

May 4, 2022
Martynas Kuznecovas
Front-end developer

Since joining his program I grew so much not just as developer, but as individual. I understood where I stand, where I need to be, and what I need to do.

Jul 6, 2022
Ergun Cuneyt
Fullstack

In the middle of the program, I was offered a new role with a 25% salary increase and after three months in the role, I had another 20% increase.

Jul 3, 2022
 Jaime Pinto
Fontend Engineer

They honestly give you the best of themselves and put all their effort to help you in whatever you need, in a technical and personal way. Every time I can, I still connect to those sessions because you can learn so much in there.

Jun 7, 2022