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Senior Engineer Mindset with Swizec Teller

From the folks behind the international Senior Engineer Mindset workshop and bestselling Senior Engineer Mindset book comes the Senior Mindset Retreat — a week in nature to focus on your career with a small group of peers.

A strong career is about more than your hands-on tech skills. After the first few years tech becomes necessary, but not sufficient.

Here's what people care about when you go beyond mid-level engineer:

That's the job. We all know you can code and ... meh, lots of people can code. What's impressive is when you can deliver! The outcome, not the code. Code is easy.

Soft skills limit your career

The graph drawn in Senior Mindset workshops to illustrate this concept looks something like this:

Career goodness over time
Career goodness over time

Your soft skills start way better than your tech skills. Unless you're like Swizec – a massive nerd who loves computers. In the beginning your career grows fast as you get better at everything.

But as your tech skills keep growing (because that's easy), your career starts bouncing off the glass ceiling of your soft skills. Like an engine off a rev limiter.

You keep pushing and pushing on your tech skills, but the engine just can't rev any faster. You need a better engine!

The Senior Mindset Retreat helps you build a better engine

The Senior Mindset Retreat is structured around a multi-day version of the international Senior Mindset workshop.

The workshop has been a great success. Here's what an attendee had to say:

i was excited for this workshop! It reinforced several points but the main point i learned was the path to seniority lies more in teamwork than technical skill. The comfortability and closeness allowed us all to participate, unlike what you may find in a conference presentation. It's great to align yourself with the views of peers and those with experience — Brandon

But attendees consistently give this feedback: "Can we take more breaks? You packed a lot of insight into my brain, I need time to process".

And no wonder! The Senior Mindset packs 10+ years of insights and experiments into a short amount of time. The reading list shared after will keep you busy for months, if not years.

That's where the retreat comes in.

The Senior Mindset Retreat takes that jam-packed workshop and expands it into several days.

You get 5 modules:

Spread over a few days with plenty of unstructured time to process. That processing is the secret sauce. Swiz says "My best life decisions come from packing my brain full of an idea, then going out into nature and away from screens to think."

In the evenings, we'll discuss.

Discussing ideas around the campire

These are real applications. We only invite people who feel like a good match.

Dates & Pricing

The retreat will run: Saturday August 12, 2023 through Saturday August 19, 2023.

Pricing includes

Super early bird (3 tickets) – $3000

Early bird (3 tickets) – $4000

Regular (7 tickets) – $5000

We can help you get employer sponsorship from your professional development budget.

Questions? Need Help?

Email team@focusretreatcenter.com or call 518-310-8879 and we can help.