A 60 y/o friend of mine was laid off from Rogers Telecom ~5 years ago with TC 60K and 15 YOE and hasn’t been able to get back into the tech industry since. For the past 3 years he’s worked in hourly retail $14/h at The Home Depot, which was the only place that ended up hiring him. He codes as much as he can in his spare time.
He’s skilled in Python and C#. He works with Machine Learning & NLP for his own projects. He has a Master’s in Industrial Computer Science & Automation. He’s bilingual Eng/Fr. He’s in Vancouver Canada.
He tends to get interviews, but never offers. His health is normal and his interview skills seem on par. I’ve known him for a while, and he’s a great guy to work with. Nobody can figure out why he’s gotten no offers, besides the obvious ageism. He recently applied to an IT position at HD but apparently they ghosted.
How can he get back into the tech industry? Or is he screwed? Would he need a referral to get into any company at all at that age?
My suggestion is to look for embedded jobs. This industry still hires older people.