advantage@old_techie: less2lose]race !!江郎才尽

See also age40-50career peak..really@@stereotype,brainwash,,

At my age now than younger years, the long-term consequence/impact of a PIP-type event is less severe less destructive, including the blow to long-horizon self confidence. Reason? That long-horizon isn’t that long for me as for the younger competitors on the rise. Imagine on a new job you struggle to clear the bar

  • in figure-things-out speed,
  • in ramp-up speed,
  • in independent code-reading…
  • in delivery speed
  • in absorbency,
  • in level of focus
  • in memory capacity — asking the same questions over and over.
  • in dealing with ambiguity and lack of details
  • in dealing with frequent changes

As a 30-something, You would feel terrified, broken, downcast, desperate .., since you are supposed to be at your prime in terms of capacity growth. A research quoted by CNA[3] found that younger members of the workforce were significantly more stressed than older workers. You would worry about “passed my peak” way too early, and facing a prolonged decline … 江郎才尽.

In contrast, an older techie like me starts the same race in a new team, against a lower level of expectation [1] and have less to prove, so I can compete while carrying less baggage.

A related advantage — some (perhaps mediocre) older techies have gone through a lot of ups and sowns, so we have some wisdom. The other side of the coin — we could fall in the trap of 刻舟求剑.

Manager and cowokers naturally have a lower expectation of older techies. Grandma’s wisdom — she always remind me that I don’t have to always benchmark myself against younger team members. In some teams, I can follow her advice.

Any example? Bill Pinsky, Paul and CSY of RTS?

[1] WallSt contract market

[3] https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/how-to-cope-burn-out-work-demands-stress-tired-office-11496502?cid=h3_referral_inarticlelinks_24082018_cna

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