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turquhart201
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11/24/2013 | 4:02:17 PM
Re. Comments on Too Old For IT
It is a sorry shame that youth is so worshiped in this Western culture. Whether people know it or not, it is creating an adverse, abrasive situation between the younger workers and the older workers. It should NEVER be the case! We should be working together! The younger ones with the drive and ambition to learn, and the older ones who have the experience and knowledge. Together, we can be strong! Separation, discrimination, and division will be our ultimate undoing. Don't treat the young workers like they belong in a crib, and don't treat the older workers like they belong in a wheelchair.
MariposaW534
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11/24/2013 | 7:35:40 AM
Ageism and Sexism
Ageism AND sexism are prevalent in IT. I recently experienced both and as a result changed careers. Lower salaries coupled with longer hours just wasn't for me...and I had to return to school just to catch up. But Zuckerburg is SO wrong..maturity trumps youth every time. They'll learn their lesson and burnout at 35. I'm the happiest I've ever been in a long time...less stress and more control of my time. Glad to know it's finally being acknowledged!!!
Joe Stanganelli
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11/22/2013 | 10:32:42 PM
Re: TOO OLD??? ARE YOU KIDDING????
I'm with you, turquhart.  While I've found that young people are frequently more open to innovation, Those 45+ generally know their stuff more -- and are more passionate about what they do.
ThomasL787
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11/22/2013 | 2:41:23 PM
Ageism in IT
"Younger people are smarter"  Really?  You wouldn't be able to prove that statement by the quality of students I see entering our University.  They think they are smart, but when you really begin to drill down through the layers of their knowledge, it's just a shell.  There are no fundamentals, no in-depth background and definitely no breadth to their knowledge base.  For instance, they can play their cell phone like a piano, but they have no idea of how it actually works.  I wouldn't hire about 90% of them because it would take years before they had accumulated enough knowledge and wisdom to be useful in any sort of challenging technical environment.
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11/22/2013 | 1:48:20 AM
Re: poor Mark
He is almost over the hill, so he is over compensating.  What he thinks of as smart is actually the way that they act so much like little kids that he thinks they are smart.  That and that they take him serious!
twins.fan
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11/21/2013 | 5:48:19 PM
Older US workers are perfectly qualified to be STEM workers.
Look at the other technology professions.  How many Nobel prizes have been granted to young workers in the technology Noble prizes, like chemistry, physics and medicine where older workers are not routinely forced out of their jobs?
mak63
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11/21/2013 | 5:16:35 PM
Re: Outdating of skills
@Joe Stanganelli

Ultimately, it's about the fundamental understanding.

How true. I believe, with that fundamental understanding and the will to learn, there's no limit how far an IT person can go, irrelevant of age.

 
mak63
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11/21/2013 | 5:02:35 PM
Re: Are You Too Old For IT?
The video below made my day. Thank you for posting.

Anyhow, this article feels close to home. I'm a 50 years old IT guy. Now a days, my new home page is Craigslist/Computer_Gigs.

I guess you can count me in doing "micro-jobbing" or "job-chunking"
anon2394440233
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11/21/2013 | 4:33:22 PM
Re: read this meetup jobpost thread
from the meetup post:

Thank you for your reply - I apologized for the way I phrased the posting but it's the truth. This company wants a young, passionate team to grow with the company. If I present anyone more than 6-7 years out of college, they will not schedule an interview. 


There are tons of federal acts trying to make everyone equal but at the end of the day companies know exactly what they want and will say "their personality doesn't fit the culture" or "their experience isn't a match" when in reality the individual is too old. 
anon2394440233
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11/21/2013 | 4:31:18 PM
read this meetup jobpost thread
which will tell you everything you need to know about 'culture' and ageism in IT. This was Denver

http://www.meetup.com/DenverIPhone/messages/boards/thread/25461812
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