DOP 227: Layoff-Proofing Your Career

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 6, 2023

Show Notes

#227: Imagine this. You walk into your office and your manager pulls you to the side and says “Pack up your belongings. You’ve been made redundant. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.”

Just like that, you no longer have a job.

In even more extreme cases, just because a company exists today does not mean that it will exist tomorrow. Think about Enron, Blockbuster, Compaq and many others.

At this point in history, it’s not if, but when, will you be laid off and what will you do?

In this episode, we speak with Dagna Bieda, founder of, about strategies to “layoff-proof” your engineering career, touching on topics like the role of AI in the industry, the importance of mental health, and the impact of our belief systems on our careers.


Dagna Bieda

Dagna Bieda

My name is Dagna Bieda, and I’m a Software Engineer turned Career Coach. In my coding career, I moved from programming robots and microcontrollers in C through embedded software used in cellphone towers providing LTE in C++, distributed web apps with Ruby on Rails to mobile apps providing parking and transit solutions in Swift, Kotlin, and Java.

Then I moved to reprogramming human minds, which is what I do with my coaching clients.

My clients have various backgrounds - from small companies to FAANG+ companies. Experience ranging from 2-20 years of experience and education going from self-taught, through career-changing Bootcamp grads, to college grads, even PhDs, some with a military background.

As a Coach, I’ve helped them reach for their potential by reprogramming their mindset for success, finding gaps in their skillset, and strategically planning how to fill those in.


Darin Pope

Darin Pope

Darin Pope is a developer advocate for CloudBees.

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic is a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author.

His big passions are DevOps, Containers, Kubernetes, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).

He often speaks at community gatherings and conferences (latest can be found here).

He has published The DevOps Toolkit Series, DevOps Paradox and Test-Driven Java Development.

His random thoughts and tutorials can be found in his blog

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