But it’s not a coincidence that job titles at Google switch from numbers to words at a certain point. That’s precisely the point at which you have, in a way, completed your first apprenticeship: you can operate independently without close supervision. And this is the point where you start doing real engineering.
Other fields, like academia, have learned the value of encouraging depth of study over a lifetime. The tech sector is based on the belief that tomorrow will be better than today. Anything that even resembles stagnation is antithetical to the core value system that fuels our industry.
Inertia often provides a false sense of security, as Quark found out. As the great John Wooden once said, “Never mistake activity for achievement.” To that end, I continued adding new programming skills. I started building relational databases and picked up some web development scripting languages like ASP.