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Half Life of a Tech Worker is 15 Years

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "Matt Heusser writes that when he went to work for Google all the people he met had a sort of early-twenties look to them. "Like the characters in Microserfs, these were “firstees”, young adults in the middle of the first things like life: First job out of college, first house, first child, first mini-van," writes Heusser. "This is what struck me: Where were the old dudes?" and then he realized something very important — you get fifteen years. "That is to say, your half-life as a worker in corporate America is about age thirty-five. Around that time, interviews get tougher. Your obligations make you less open to relocation, the technologies on your resume seem less-current, and your ability find that next gig begins to decrease." By thirty-five, half the folks who started in technology have gone on to something else — perhaps management, consulting, on to roles in “the business” or in operations. "Yet a few stick it out. Half of the half-life is fifty, and, sure, perhaps 25% of the folks who started as line technologists will still be doing that when they turn fifty," adds Heusser. "But by the time you turn thirty-five, you’d better have a plan.""

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Hookers vs Aldous Huxley (1)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 2 years ago | (#38250300)

Hookers have a similar problem. The way they deal with it is to die of AIDS.

Seriously, the problem with corporate IT hiring is they want young fresh meat but are lousy at animal husbandry. Any farmer will tell you that you breed your top performers. Corporate IT does the opposite. Their attitude seems to be:

Geeks can't get a date? Or if you can, can't afford a house in Silicon Valley and form a family? Boo hoo. Why not get your rocks off with each other? Homophobic? You know, of course, that evidences latent homosexual desires. Here's some free psychological counseling. Remember the Castro is just a hop skip and a jump away from Silicon Valley. All the sex you want! We'll pay for the AZT.

A more enlightened management would take skin cell samples of their highest performers, freeze the samples and then, around age 35, send all their workers to another jurisdiction where accidents just happen. Meanwhile, use those same jurisdictions to rent-a-womb, clone the highest performers and then re-import them once they hit the age where some of the corporate authorities want to establish a Socratic relationship and Mentor them.

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