re: IT Age Discrimination: You're Not The Dinosaur
Well I am a violator of the Under 40 times 2 Rule. I am I.T., I am over 40, and I make over 40k. If I work for a small start up there is the force of probabilities (80% or more AGAINST a start up succeeding). Maybe I can choose to simply deny the force of probabilities, but then I can deny gravity too. However, if I jump off a bridge, reality WILL hit me no matter how I personally "feel" about it via "positive thinking." So fortunately I had a plan B to I.T. I am also a licensed health professional, and my old job classification pays better than I.T., isn't age-ist, can't be outsourced, and PAYS for my CEUs so I can renew my license. Adios I.T. But consider this: what if medicine, research science, or other professions had the "Under 40 times 2 Rule" that dominates I.T.? What discoveries and information would be sacrificed? Einstein would have been thrown on the junk heap before expanding his theories, R. Oppenheimer would not have developed fission (he was over 40 and goodbye nuclear industry), Salk would have not developed his vaccine (he was over 40 when it was released and then hello polio). I.T., due to age-ism is truly no profession in which to spend much time, nor any profession in which to count on if you want to have a reasonably secure future. And despite the Horatio Alger, John Wayne, "free market" bravado, even big companies hate and fear competition. And they have far more resources and risk tolerance than most I.T. pros.