I was a Unix, C, C++ programmer for 17 years then got out of IT during the 2001 dot com crash (to teach Junior/High School). Teaching was/is rewarding but I want to finish my working years in IT. I've been taking some steps (updating my training, etc...) to return to IT but am wondering if my age will be a barrier. I wanted to ask you code warriors out there if you have many fifty year old programmers in your IT groups? All I know is the few interviews I've been to, the hiring managers and programmers all look very very young to me! If you were a hiring manager, would you prefer a college grad vs. an old man?!
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The human resources department of a mid to large company (any company) is typically going to prefer someone younger only because they are typically looking for someone who is going to invest a 20+ year career in their company. However, that's not always the case and shouldn't really be a …
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I was 42 when I retired from the USAF in 1985 and began my programming career. First got an intro job for a temp agency in St Louis then a contracting company. In 1997 landed a job for a company that had a large government contract in my area -- …
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