Re: Use your age as an advantage
Re: the management track, one underlying driver of age bias in IT and other industries seems to be the perception that if you're not in management by a certain age, there's something wrong with you. But that's an inherently flawed mindset: It suggests that everyone would be a good manager. If you've spent any time in the workforce, you know that's not true.
What's wrong with being really good at what you do, very productive, delivering consistent value to your bosses/employer, etc. without necessarily wanting to manage a team of people, ascend to the C suite, etc?
There's a sports analogy here. Many of the best players in the NBA, MLB, NFL, etc. would/will make terrible coaches or GMs. There are exceptions, of course. But ask a basketball fan what they think of Michael Jordan's tenure as GM/owner, or Isiah Thomas's track record as a coach/executive.