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Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!!

From: Kim
Sent on: Monday, February 11, 2013 12:16 PM
On the subject of ageism, it is worth considering how you would feel having a manager who is many years your junior.  I once interviewed a candidate for a role who refused to look at me during the interview.  He sat at the table opposite with his body angled away from me and towards the male interviewer sitting next to me and only engaged with him, barely responding to my questions.  He clearly had an issue with females, and as his potential line manager, I quickly ruled him out as a candidate.  Ageism, like sexism, doesn't only flow in one direction and if you have difficulty accepting the authority of someone much younger than you, you will probably find it very difficult to excel in this career.

I've found that the path to a senior role involves a lot of hard slog, long hours and weekends and this is particularly expected of new graduates proving their worth.  This zest and commitment required could be conceived as linked to age.  However, I believe as long as you show a true passion for coding & tech you should be able to overcome these preconceptions.

One thing you haven't mentioned is *why* you want to get into programming?  My advice here would be the same regardless of age: Only do it if it's something you're passionate about.

Best of luck,

On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM, Neil Bartlett <[address removed]> wrote:
You're definitely not too young to learn something new. As evidence I give you my friend who decided to move into programming after a career in accountancy... he is now successfully earning money as a contractor in Australia. He's 80 years old!

What you may encounter is ageism from potential employers, but I believe this should be tackled head-on. It's time to start treating ageism the same way we treat sexism and racism.

Neil Bartlett
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