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--- Quote from: JoFrance on February 24, 2018, 02:36:29 pm ---Its pretty clear to me that once you're considered old, you're done when it comes to the computer profession.

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Hate to disagree but I definitely do.    If you want to work into your 50's, 60' or 70's you can.   It requires a couple of things.

*  Forget programming.   Get into a skill set the 20 somethings generally ignore like project management or business analysis.
*  Persistence - NEVER give up regardless of how many times you have been put down by the young turks.    It is a numbers game.   The more things you apply for, the more likely you are to get a job.
*  Absolute confidence during an interview.   You are better than them and you can do the job like none of the young turks can.
*  Concentrate on some specific industry.   Once you have experience in that industry, it will get easier and easier to get a job.

I happen to have concentrated in banking and financial services when I go for jobs or contracts.  In my own private consulting with SMB's I generally do legal and other systems like that.

But it can be anything.   Pharmaceuticals, insurance etc.   Pick your poison.   It might take you a couple of years to get the first gig but keep plugging and you will eventually get the first one.

After that, you will be scanned and picked for similar gigs by the headhunters.

Here is a very specific suggestion.   Linux admins -These jobs are out there and quite a few are remote where you can work from home.   Most corporate Linux systems are Red Hat.   But work with CentOS on your own system which is actually Red Hat Enterprise.   There are plenty of courses on Udemy for Linux Admin at 10 bucks on sale that would qualify you for it and get certifications.   Salaries range from 85K for a beginner to 150k  for a well qualified Linux admin.   Gorn, check this out if you can stand the thought of working for a big corporation.  You have shell scripting chops and lots of other skills which would apply. 

When you are working from home, they have no idea how old you are and couldn't give a crap anyway as long as you can do the work especially if you are on a contract.

I am working right now on a 2 year gig at a major bank.    And I am older than anyone working at the entire bank.   Don't want to say how old I am ( or I would have to send Louie from South Philly after you to pay you a visit) but I was working at Cape Canaveral in the space program as a radar and telemetry engineer during the Mercury program.

So get off your butts and forget your age!!

There are lots of people in that age group at my current gig.

Maybe it's more difficult to find a gig, I don't know.  But many are working.

The Gorn:
Only one thing I can add:

It can be truly mystifying how to identify an entry point to do this. IE, some kind of work that you feel like you can add value in.

What I mean is that most of us don't know where to start.

Example: If I have been programming or in tech work for decades, how do I reposition for project management or business analysis? I don't have a track record in either.

I disagree about programming. Just take anything you can get.

There is an older mainframe dude floating around here.

The Gorn:

--- Quote from: unix on February 24, 2018, 05:42:33 pm ---I disagree about programming. Just take anything you can get.

There is an older mainframe dude floating around here.

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Pxsant is trying to say to develop a specialty area where you aren't competing head-on with young dumbasses. And that will generally, not always be something peripheral to technology and not implementation.

That's why he's saying not programming. If you program you are in competition with young turks.

Mainframe and related older in-demand tech is the exception to that rule. Older guys and gals know that stuff and are competitive.

But I don't even have that skill set. What Pxsant says applies more to me, but I don't have a clue where the entry point would be for me.


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