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[LINK] Too old to start over, too young to retire

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:36 AM

Nice article on how 5 older workers saw a way to remake their careers.
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Re: [LINK] Too old to start over, too young to retire

Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

Ouch.. paywall blocked... cannot see the actual article.
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Re: [LINK] Too old to start over, too young to retire

Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

NYT article below (warning...it's long):

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Re: [LINK] Too old to start over, too young to retire

Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

Aaand you probably just committed copyright theft for pasting an article being commercially "sold"...

Nah, I'm just being sarcastic. The article actually doesn't say much I haven't read people write already through the ages.
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Re: [LINK] Too old to start over, too young to retire

Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

Backup plans and multiple sources of income are more important than ever. Gone are the days of having a career with one company, for most people.
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Re: [LINK] Too old to start over, too young to retire

Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:20 AM

I'm 23 and have three jobs - three sources of income. Couldn't agree more with farell. Thank God I chose a career that suits my personal aptitudes well and allows me to work remotely. :)
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Re: [LINK] Too old to start over, too young to retire

Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:24 AM

I tend to disagree with the article, a typical developer would start his career junior level - typical college grads, or less experienced in the industry. The idea is to evolve into a mid-level developer as your domain knowledge increases. After a few years, you move up to a senior level developer - mentoring the young, becoming more involved in decision making processes and working your way up to a software architect. Many of these architects are mid 30's - 40's and older.

Sure you wont be a junior developer anymore, but after a certain point in your career why do you want to make $50k when with all the domain knowledge and experience in the industry you should be making $80-$100k

TBH it was TL;DR so I probably am not even relating to the author, I read the first paragraph - but either way my point is older developers tend to hold better positions in the compnay - they write less code, but they are the ones who keep the software from dying a miserable death due to poor decisions by junior developers.

My company has a tier structure simiar to this with pay scaling accordingly.

Web Developer I
Web Developer II
Programmer Analyst I
Programmer Analyst II
Programmer Analyst III
Programmer Analyst IV
Software Engineer
Software Architect
IT Director
Director of IT/Development

Web Dev II, PA II and above are Mid-Level until Senior Software Developer

I am 35 and one of the younger developers in the company with the exception of contractors.

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