/ At what point do you become too old to be employable?
I'm 33 and in IT, and it is becoming clear to me that I'm going to have to head towards management roles rather than technical to stay reasonably safely in a job over the next few years...
Depends on the jobI suppose . In my game experieince counts so I seem to still have no probs finding clients despite turning 60.
Or if you go to B&Q it seems age is a positive disadvantage. However, I've found few openings for 60 year old hip hop djs, for which I'm profoundly grateful.
> Or if you go to B&Q it seems age is a positive disadvantage.
Can a disadvantage be positive? Anyway, I thought B&Q employ older people; a quarter of their workforce is over fifty and their oldest is ninety four (as of 2009 anyway)
That would be best - but it's not what I've generally observed. There are plenty of older people in the industry, but far more of them are managers, trainers etc than coders.
This may of course be more to do with their preference than the availability of jobs, though possibly also because keeping up with the movement of technology in your own time when you've got other things to deal with e.g. a family is quite hard.
The point at which you either become unable or unwilling to continue to learn and your industry / job role moves on without you. For some they reach that state in their 20s for others they may never reach it. So it will depend on the individual as much as they industry they are in.
Maybe that is just in this location though.
> Can a disadvantage be positive? Anyway, I thought B&Q employ older people
I was speaking as a customer rather than a potential employee
Don't think (so far) that you're ever too old and its a mind set. But being realistic, there must be a cut off point at some point!
After retiring at 65 I had no difficulty getting part time jobs, so long as you recognise that you are not going to earn mega bucks, but certainly a nice top up to your pension.
I've had the following jobs over the last 4 years (all part time):-
Ipsos-Mori Poll Interviewer
Go Ape Instructor
Key Accompany viewings man for local Estate Agents
These have all brought me in enough money to enjoy a 3 or 4 good overseas holidays a year without breaking into my pensions, and there has been the potential to work longer full time hours if I had wanted to.
You can be on the scrap heap at 40 +. Life is full of pathways. You make decisions things happen that you have no control over that may affect your whole life. Everyones Lifestyles choices are different.
Looking at current levels of youth unemployment, I'd say about 16.
Really ? He must be old.
I've only met a very small proportion of Engineers who would use a spanner at work.
I only use spanners to fix my car, but rarely in my job as an Engineer.
As for when you become too old to be employable ? Well, I looked at the syllabus for the course I did, and realised that over 25 years I've developed new skills, but no longer have the core skills that I'd need if I were starting out. All I can say is keep learning and developing.
God knows what'll happen if it rains less this summer, still in a double dip recession, house prices stagnant - could be a bit of a tinderbox.
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