Customer Interviews

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 Raffaelle was number one 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 Burton

Senior Frontend Engineer - Connecticut, US
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, Scotland
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, Netherlands
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, US
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 Developer - 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, Netherlands
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.

Imre Bartis

Frontend Developer - Helsinki, Norway
45% salary increase, Senior level position
“I would not be where I am without your Training.”

Problem

After almost 5 years working professionally as a developer, Imre felt like he was treading water. His knowledge regarding the JavaScript ecosystem and software development as a whole was stagnating, the same with his growth opportunities and overall skills. After dozens of courses, tutorials, and a few side projects he still felt like he was going on in circles.

Solution

After analysing his technical skills, we realised the main problem for Imre was not the number of libraries or frameworks he knew, but understanding the why behind them. For example, he was quite familiar with React as a frontend library, but when asked about deeper topics like testing, performance and scalability he would struggle.

Result

Imre got a new job with a better team, a modern stack, and a nice pay increase. He also gained a strong technical foundation on top of his self-taught knowledge and was able to move towards a more Senior position with full confidence. Still, part of our community he is now focused on succeeding in the new position as well as fulfilling his responsibilities as a father.

Goksen Gorgulu

Frontend Developer - Amsterdam, Netherlands
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, Germany
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, Germany
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, Germany
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

Fullstack Developer - Berlin, Germany
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

REVIEWS

Trustpilot Reviews

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