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Is Age a problem

By mr_p_carter ·
Hi Iam 48 yeaars old, I hold a hon degree in computers and post grad in business. I worked for the Defence Industry for nine years prior to leaving in 2003. Previously I worked in Oil simulation facilities and CAD/CAM. SInce leaving defence I have worked on sub-contracts as an analyst etc. My problem is getting my foot back into the market. I send out a number of cv's each day but the replies tend to die after my initial chat. I have had interviews with large orgs, felt very good about them but still failed. I love IT and am always reading and working on technologies. I have my own network at home and just set up my own proxy server. Does anyone have any suggestions for a frustrated chap who just wants to do what I enjoy.

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by BobTheITBuilder In reply to Is Age a problem

You may want to consider Contracting. I am 46 years young and have also found that Employers prefer the younger of the species. I have been contracting now for 4 months on an XP roll-out in a large multi-national based in the UK and I am enjoying it although the work can sometimes be a bit repetative but you are out working with other people and you can either keep your skills relevant or get to improve them.. The thing is, it is easier to look for work when you are working. I have just updated my CV and will be applying for more contract roles.

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by JamesRL In reply to Is Age a problem

Agreed on contracting. People are less likely to consider age when hiring an contractor. And moving around is a good way to get a feel for different companies and ways of working - it accelerates the learning. It also helps build up contacts. I still keep in touch with some people who hired me on contract years ago.


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by robo_dev In reply to Is Age a problem

Contracting is a good way to get going, and also getting on board with a firm that does more consultative type of work.

This may sound odd, but with a good deal of experience and maturity you may be considered to be 'overqualified'. These larger companies may want young talent who will work 12 hour days for pennies and put up with a micro-manager boss.

They may think, rightly or wrongly, that an older worker (I am your age, BTW) will not work as hard and won't put up with as much crap. Also, younger managers may feel weird about hiring workers older than themselves.

My advice would also be to look to leverage your defence industry knowledge and experience and work to make contacts at companies that do similar work. I have found that there are often positions that firms 'know they need', but have not posted yet. Some good rapport with the right people will ferret out those positions.

Meanwhile, my advice would be to work to get those certifications, if you can. Getting things like MCSE, CCNA, Linux certification, etc are invaluable.

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by mjd420nova In reply to Is Age a problem

Over qualified, that's the term used on me. Over thirty years of digital experience, heavy computer background and willing to take on any job that allows me to keep current in any phase of electronics. Luckily I've found a younger leader who has consulting clients that prize the veiws I bring to the table. A small group, less than a dozen total, but over a million US revenues a year, I get to stay on the cutting edge and work with some very capable people. Our clients come from all phases of electronics applications and with my experience, well, they know when they have it good.

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by mr_p_carter In reply to Is Age a problem

Thanks for the reply people. At least there seems to be hope. After reflecting on your replies I feel you may be right. Never actually done contracting, any suggestions or tips. Again thanks for the replies.

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