Job change at 45

Sep 22, 2018 17 Comments

I am 45 with 18+ years dev experiences and want to change company. Will it be hard for me to change because of age? Any issues?

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  • Google / Eng dbmd
    The only issue would be if you think you're too experienced to bone up for your interview and approach it with a crappy attitude. Earlier in my career I've interviewed candidates that seemed to take offense at being interviewed by a younger person and they actually didn't know the fundamentals, as if it was beneath them and I should just assume they shouldn't have to prove themselves like everyone else.
    Sep 22, 2018 3
    • Amazon
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      Sound advice.
      Sep 22, 2018
    • OP
      ๐Ÿ‘
      Sep 22, 2018
    • Collective Health / Eng FaceAnd
      And then they say they got rejected due to ageism
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Amazon
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    We just hired 2-3 devsl right about that age in my team. I think if you have the right skills, then there should not be an issue.
    Sep 22, 2018 2
    • OP
      Say i have the right skills and get hired. What issues can i expect?
      Sep 22, 2018
    • Amazon GisX20
      @OP prepare to be downleveled to possibly L5 even with your experience. Make sure you ask if it's for L6 or L7
      Sep 23, 2018
  • LinkedIn mollyd
    I am 29 and single. My perspective: I haven't seen any explicit discrimination. But there is some implicit discrimination in the sense that I think balancing binary trees on a whiteboard isn't what I would expect a person with 20+ years of experience to remember or even care to learn now.
    Sep 22, 2018 0
  • Amazon fakU85
    Easy to get a job, but you might be down leveled
    Sep 23, 2018 0
  • OP
    Good to hear about google ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. I heard Amazon is pretty bad about age and they just want newbs from college. Maybe it's wrong.
    Sep 22, 2018 2
    • Amazon
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      Actually lot of orgs are no longer hiring new grads/L4 at that massive scale. They are looking for some senior folks now.
      Sep 22, 2018
    • OP
      Good to hear
      Sep 22, 2018
  • Deutsche Bank Tops
    Just needs LOT of work . If you are up to it not an issue
    Sep 23, 2018 0
  • Dell / Eng Buzzinga
    Well age might become an issue implicitly for sure. Generally with that experience you are assumed to be at staff or higher level and those levels are harder to crack in interviews .

    Easiest switch for you can be exact same domain where you have worked in last 5-10 years.

    For any other domain, it will be struggle as bar will be pretty high, especially with FANG companies. Also younger folks with recent Masters in CS learn way lot more than what one did in their masters 20 years ago. You not only have to match them on coding but have to prove in design and leadership interviews. But it is not impossible though!
    Sep 22, 2018 0
  • Google bupkis2
    Google won't discriminate based on your age. You just gotta do well in the interview problems.
    Sep 22, 2018 0
  • It wonโ€™t be hard to change because of your age. You will find it hard to change because of your insecurity. Grow up!
    Sep 23, 2018 0
  • OP
    Anyone want to share?
    Sep 22, 2018 0

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