Discuss: Where are the IT workers over 35?

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Discuss: Where are the IT workers over 35?

Today's IT industry can seem like a young man's game, according to software tester and developer Matt Heusser. What do you think?

According to Matt Heusser's latest blog post on IT Knowledge Exchange, the IT industry is a young man's game; and if you're over 35, you better have a plan in motion.

"Four years ago I was in Mountain View, California, interviewing for a position with Google," explains Heusser. "All of the people I met — and I mean all of them — had this sort of early-twenties look to them.  ...This is what struck me: Where were the old dudes?"

If Heusser's viewpoint is to be believed, the situation at Google is an industry-wide trend which sees fresh IT graduates consistently favoured over seasoned professionals.

So why does fresh-faced enthusiasm trump experience? According to Heusser, there is a perception that graduates work harder, have a firmer grasp on current technology, have fewer responsibilities outside of work and are more willing to relocate if the job demands it.

"Your half-life as a worker in corporate America is about age thirty-five," claims Heusser. "Around that time, interviews get tougher.  Your obligations make you less open to relocation, the technologies on your resume seem less-current, and your ability to find that next gig begins to decrease."

While it’s true that learning new skills is essential, and that IT is changing, surely there’s something to be said for experience?

DISCUSS: If you work in IT and are over 35, we'd like to hear your thoughts. Do you think older IT workers are more or less valued than young IT workers? Do you feel your skills are valued? Do you think it would be difficult or easy to find work? And if you own your own company, how does Heusser's claim fit in with you own hiring policies? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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