[Coco] Re: Thoughts about going back to school full time.
johnadonaldson at sbcglobal.net
Thu Dec 8 20:59:19 EST 2005
Here's my 2 cents. Back in June of 2004, I was working as a Sr.
when the company I was working for got into bad money strates. As
result they shut down
the entire department I was working in. This was in WV. In WV you
either worked for a
hand full of big companies, which paid great or you worked for everyone
else at 50-60%
. So you see the problem here, they will not hire you because they feel
you will not be
happy taking a 50% cut in pay. So we sold our house and moved to
Dallas, TX. We lived
with my sister until I could find a new job. That took 14 months, since
I am over 55. I just
happen to get interviewed with a company that was looking for a Sr.
After I was hired, my boss told me the reason he hired me was I knew
software than most of the younger people he had interviewed. So guess
I got a break.
Being over 50 and even worse over 55, many corporations will not hire
you. Yes it's
discrimination, but try and prove it.
I used to be a Electronic Research Tech back in the 60/70's. I fell
in love with
computers and took courses at the local Jr. College. Back then it was
all punch cards,
Fortran, and Mainframes. One course I took was in Pascal. Then one day I
saw a ad
for a Pascal programmer. I appled and got the job and became a Software
The rest is history as they say. Softwre is one of the last bastons
where if you got into
it early days, you did not need a degree, as there was NO College
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