I started in the computer industry as a tech with DEC in 1980 at the age of 28. I later picked up a position with Lockheed and there became interested with programing and a couple of years later with system administration. My supervisor was in his 60's and the director didn't retire until he was 74. These 'old' guys were some of the sharpest mentors I ever had.
Their confidence in me made it possible for me to take on the semi-managerial roles I have had since then, but I have gone back to the field work because I enjoy the rigorous lack of a daily grind. At 59 I am still keeping the younger people of the organization a challenge to keep up with me. Don't ever discount the advantages of experience.
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