Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time....

Oct 15, 2019 72 Comments

I did it. I chased the dream. I took the leap. I parted from a well paying and completely unfulfilling career job and accepted an offer from a small and very young business specializing in the vogue and trendy electric vehicle charging solutions boom. The founder was a thought leader in the space, executing his vision flawlessly and well funded. Not many years later the funding evaporated into space and the majority of the company was executed with a big boom of layoffs. I am 50 years old. Confidence quickly waning as I have not been able to secure a well paying completely unfilling offer. I know I am not the first with this story and hoping those that can relate to this situation would kindly bestow guidance and sage wisdom.

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  • Amazon / Eng
    weeeeeeee

    Amazon Eng

    BIO
    AWS
    weeeeeeeemore
    50? Shit, you should be retired
    Oct 15, 2019 5
    • OP
      Bernard Marcus was 52 when he and is partner where fired and went to create Home Depot
      Oct 16, 2019
    • OP
      Make it rain
      Oct 16, 2019
  • Oracle Sockets
    I've said it before and I will say it again.

    Age is just a symptom. The crux of the problem is one of many

    Dated skills
    Know it all, been there done that attitude
    Out of shape/overweight

    Tackle the above before you start falling on the 'discrimination' crutch
    Oct 15, 2019 41
    • Airbnb / Eng rXzp46
      I'm talking about YOU sockets. Don't wanna work with anyone like you. Completely lack of self awareness. I don't even know where to start. If more than 2-3 people tell you you are an ass then you probably are.
      Oct 16, 2019
    • Oracle Sockets
      @airbnb

      Lol. You storm into the thread with nothing but histrionics only to follow with name calling.

      And I'm the arse? It's pot meet kettle.
      Oct 16, 2019
  • Autodesk fomo!
    Hang in there, ageism is real in capitalism, but i hope you push through
    Oct 15, 2019 2
    • OP
      hate to blame it on that. Though I do recall several times sitting on the other side of the interviewing desk looking at the guy. Clothes just slightly out of date and a resume that looked like a Twitter feed.
      Oct 15, 2019
    • Amazon аndy
      Start deleting big chunks from your resume. Just leave the relevant experience. There’s no need to tell them about the job where you wrote software for IBM mainframes on punch cards.
      Oct 15, 2019
  • Amazon fatfree
    At least you won't have regrets of not trying
    Oct 15, 2019 0
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Ageism is real. However it only means that your income will decline from now on, doesn’t mean it will disappear. I’ve seen people who cane here in their 50s, and made enough to retire comfortably at standard age. Some were in govt jobs, some were in industry. You apply to mid career level jobs, and someone will hire you eventually. It’s just a matter of statistics. Unemployment is still record low
    Oct 15, 2019 0
  • New / Mgmt
    xsAS42

    New Mgmt

    PRE
    PARC
    xsAS42more
    Why is this posted in relationships?

    Anyway... It was a good idea. You were gainfully employed and did the best you could at that time, now it's time to do it again. This time you know what to look for. Believe in yourself don't put so much trust in others.
    Oct 15, 2019 2
    • OP
      thanks for the input. where would topic do you recommend to post? layoffs sounded so bleak.
      Oct 16, 2019
    • New / Mgmt
      xsAS42

      New Mgmt

      PRE
      PARC
      xsAS42more
      Career. Many people have done this, many more will do it.
      Oct 16, 2019
  • Net worth?
    Oct 15, 2019 0
  • Oracle alwzangry
    50 isn't that old. You got at least 20 years in you. You gotta find people who see that and remind yourself how much time you have left. That's more than what the FIRE crowd can imagine.
    Oct 15, 2019 4
    • Yeah most people are corporate drones, not much to live for if you are a wage c*ck.
      Oct 15, 2019
    • Oracle alwzangry
      Past 50, people get to the 'fuck you' mindset for anyone that messes with them.
      Oct 15, 2019
  • Prudential -asdf-
    Network like cray. Get in touch with as many former colleagues. Ask them if they know of any openings in their companies.
    Oct 16, 2019 1
    • Funny. Pru HR screens out older employees.
      Oct 16, 2019
  • Oracle
    not_larry

    Oracle

    PRE
    Amazon
    not_larrymore
    What was your title and TC?
    Oct 15, 2019 1
    • OP
      Business Development Manager

      If the stars would had aligned here in San Diego all in @ $185 otherwise more like $125
      Oct 16, 2019

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