Has the job market in IT gotten older?

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I'm 54 years old this Novemeber 2008, and I have been on a travel escapade in Canada for 2 1/2 years and am ready to come home to San Diego, CA. I was doing routers, switches, PIXs, Bluecoat, Squid boxes, Help Desks, Exchange 5.5 and just into Exchange 2000 and pretty good at Linux, too. I'm up to Windows 2003 and studied the Beta 2008 so I'm trying to stay abreast of all the technology. I've had a loss in confidence even though I have stayed on my networking and systems to some degree up here. Do you think I am still young enough to benefit the market and myself? I know the market up here in Canada is aging with me, and I don't belong here as much as I belong in California. I'd really like to come back to the states and be competitive in the IT market. I just don't know if it's a young market or has it gotten older like me, too - in the past 2 1/2 years?

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Dear Sir:

As an “aging baby boomer” (like myself: I’m 56) you will be at something of a disadvantage in the job market, mostly because employers prefer to hire people in their 30s and 40s (enough experience to be useful, still junior enough on the career path not to be too expensive). If you can stomach the same kinds of pay packages that those same people get, you can compete with them on equal footing and probably turn your experience, skills, and education to your advantage.

If you have specific kinds of positions in mind, it may make sense to work with IT recruiters in the San Diego area, even if only for information and advice. You’re senior enough and have a nice mix of product and technology knowledge, so they’ll probably be willing to talk to you, and may even want to represent you.

But yes, I think you can still make a go of a career geography change/switch, even in sunny southern California.

Please post again here to keep us apprised of your findings and their results.

Good luck, and best wishes,

No… you’re not too old. Like Ed said above, some folks would rather pay “kids” lower wages… but the “kids” probably don’t have the same great experience you have. Hang tough… it’s a bit harder to find a job in the 50’s never mind a good paying job (not limited to the 50’s)… but it’s worth it. I’ve also found that you’re never too old… experience is worth it’s weight in gold!

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