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PaulERainford
PaulERainford
9/21/2016 | 9:12:55 AM
50 is the new 60
Maybe a side issue, but I would just say that once you're the wrong side of 50 you should try to avoid wearing a hoodie in a workplace scenario. It's unseemly.
Contract71844
Contract71844
9/21/2016 | 9:47:28 AM
An ass for every seat or a seat for every ass
I traded a broken down car once.  I asked the salesman if they were going to junk it.  He said no in our business we say there is an ass for every seat.  In IT, there is a seat for every ass.  You just have to find it.  I am 74 and have never been un employed.
Freelanc35385
Freelanc35385
9/21/2016 | 11:03:22 AM
Re: 50 is the new 60
Anecdotal evidence suggests that keeping current with technology should ensure a long career. 

Sadly, industry practice is also well documented. Anyone over 40 is viewed as a cost, not an asset. Companies prefer to avoid costs. Until managers videw older workers as experience that can be purchased at a discount, expect no change to industry practice. 
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
9/21/2016 | 12:09:27 PM
Re: An ass for every seat or a seat for every ass
74 and still working? That's inspiring. What kind of work do you do?
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
9/21/2016 | 12:13:37 PM
Re: 50 is the new 60
Yeah, dress code is a whole sub-issue. I still wear suits to conferences (as you can see from this video). I often feel overdressed. Better overdressed than underdressed, I say. But some say overdressing in the workplace can make you a target of age discrimination. 

You want to stay up with the fashions while not being this guy:

 

Contract71844
Contract71844
9/21/2016 | 12:24:10 PM
Re: An ass for every seat or a seat for every ass
IT Enterprise monitoring.  Sometimes IT development. Not physical like raking hot asphalt. I will quit when it is no longer fun.
cnwedit
cnwedit
9/21/2016 | 2:49:19 PM
Re: An ass for every seat or a seat for every ass
I think anyone who stays employed in IT and tech is upskilling themselves, whether they realize it or not. The technology changes and if you are supporting that technology or depending on it in any way, you have to be able to adapt. 

In my first job as a journalist (sportswriter at a daily newspaper), I carried a portable typewriter and what was essentially the pre-cursor to a fax machine (weighed at least 25 pounds) in a suitcase to every major ballgame I covered. 

In many respects, technology has made the job much easier but in most, it has made it more stressful and hard. I have had to learn a lot of new ways of putting my journalism skills to use, but the basic skill set remains the same. 

I don't think that is necessarily true in tech. It seems like the skill sets themselves are changing in a software-driven world. 
Karl Hakkarainen
Karl Hakkarainen
9/21/2016 | 2:53:39 PM
More interested in the work than the job
I accepted a full-time position with a web software development company. Some of my co-workers are 40 years my junior. 

One of these days, I'll ask my boss why he hired me. 

I suspect that my background with a variety of operating systems, products, and development methodologies, including recent experience with each, got me to the interview. I get to work with good and smart people who are trying to solve interesting problems. 

One of the things that I've done is to re-implement some tools that I used 30 years ago, but coupled with some REST API calls, to solve a modern integration problem. It's a bit sad that we haven't solved that original problem. The good news, though, is that it left a job open for me.
Contract71844
Contract71844
9/21/2016 | 3:56:41 PM
upskilling staying current, etc.
Not sure we need to upskill.  But, staying current is key.  I just joined a book club where I work.  As a contractor, I had to buy the book and I cannot bill for the time attending the book club. But, I need to understand the subject.

I remeber years ago watching a TV reporter interview some guys IBM was going to lay offr.  They were COBOL programmers. They felt they should have been trained in the new laguages, etc.  I thought at the time, grab a book and train yourself.
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
9/21/2016 | 5:19:50 PM
Re: upskilling staying current, etc.
Absolutey. Ultimately we are responsible for our own careers. 
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