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  1. Mikari
    January 30, 2017 @ 10:12 am

    It sucks when stereotypes and inaccurate expectations rule the market. A person’s true skill can only be measured individually. Best wishes for the future, keep on learning new things!

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    • Adrianne
      January 30, 2017 @ 10:55 am

      Yup. That’s why now is a good time to search around social media (especially Twitter) for support communities who are in danger of facing these common social issues in the tech industry. Women (Ada Lovelace) created computer science, even, and now it’s looking like the industry is still for the guys. Really then?

      But I’ll keep on going. I love new technologies, so I shouldn’t be looked down upon just because of my age.

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      • Mikari
        January 30, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

        I’ll totally join those communities too 😀

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        • Adrianne
          January 30, 2017 @ 2:40 pm

          A lot of them are in Facebook groups though, but some can be found in Meetups. I joined Girl Develop It! and Tech Ladies. They should have something regional too. 🙂

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  2. Tamz
    February 1, 2017 @ 1:04 am

    Maybe the “upfront costs” are cheaper, but the hidden costs can be greater — there’s the training costs, and then, there’s the millennial habit of “job hopping” — the cost of constantly hiring new talents.

    I wonder if it’s a generational ego? I was humbled when I got a job as a customer service rep. I used to think I was very good at Excel(which we extensively used in our office when I was still working up there) only to find out that my skills are average and that I did not know many things. This prompted me to consider MIS at first, but upon pondering the extra time and money, I opted for an AS in CBIS. And many in my CBIS classes are middle-aged people wanting to upgrade their skills or learn more.

    I think one thing many tech companies are forgetting is, the fundamentals of coding has not really changed. The syntax may have, and we’re seeing new languages but an important core in programming and coding is logic. By that alone, I would not skip “older people”. Logic is not easily learned, TBH. Learning how to manipulate variables can only be learned by having a lot of experience.

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    • Adrianne
      February 1, 2017 @ 1:22 am

      I have high hopes of aiming for a remote job. I was looking into Automattic (the people who created WordPress), GitHub (since I’m already learning Ruby, maybe I can put what I’ve learned into practice there), and Atlassian (same as GitHub) because all their jobs are remote. I’m just having an impression that they’re able to make so much profit to pay their employees because they don’t work in an office, and because they would (probably) meet twice or so per year for any work-related meetings, that they are open to anyone, regardless of race, color, background, and most of all, age.

      Besides, we need the more experienced (older) individuals who can share their several years of knowledge in the industry and teach the younger ones a thing or two about fundamentals of logic. That’s what I think anyway. 🙂

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