Age Discrimination

“Most high-tech employers would likely deny that age discrimination is an issue at their company. But many IT workers over 50 beg to differ, saying they have experienced age bias or know someone who has”

Could be the same for me in education. I was reading a contract yesterday that described “early retirement” for folks with ten years experience/55+. Are they really going to hire an old man like me? The contract, I believe, described voluntary early retirement but still, it’s the thought that counts. Why are folks in their wise old years undesirable in the workplace? They are so undesirable that 60% of a year’s salary was offered as inducement. I do know that many schools have tight budgets and we old guys cost a lot more than the younger kids.

see Age bias in IT: The reality behind the rumors

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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9 Responses to Age Discrimination

  1. You’ll be really old by then!

  2. oldman says:

    “If you do not need the money, you are in a better place. It takes a couple of years to totally realize that, though. Work habits die hard.”

    Unfortunately, I need the money, so barring a major problem that causes them to start ejecting seemingly expensive bodies for no good reason, I intend to leave my place of business feet first.

  3. Contrarian says:

    “I have been planning to retire “soon” for several years.”

    Getting the boot can actually be a great way to get the job done, #pogson. That more or less happened to me as well. By tacitly volunteering to be one of the RIF victims, you got the layoff benefits, which were almost a full year of pay in a lump sum as well as continued health insurance coverage for the same period. You qualify for unemployment payments, too, which in the south 48 are currently 99 weeks worth although you have to go through credible motions in seeking work to maintain eligibility.

    The age discrimination effect works wonders in that department. Just make sure that your year of graduation for your degrees is prominently displayed so that you do not have to get dressed up and go on so many fruitless interviews.

    One irony of all that is that it appears that the unemployment rate for developers in the C#/.NET world has peaked and companies are starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel, if that is where us old guys are located. They are ignoring my advanced age and wanting to interview me anyway.

    The main effect, though, is that you do not have to feel any guilt over walking out on your company in their hour of need. I think that loyalty to those who depend on you to perform is a major factor in making employment choices and it is hard to get up the determination to leave anything. But if they send you off, your conscience is clear and you have the best excuse in the world.

    If you do not need the money, you are in a better place. It takes a couple of years to totally realize that, though. Work habits die hard.

  4. I am near retirement. It does not make a huge difference to me. I have been planning to retire “soon” for several years. As you know, I know how to live very frugally and to be happy but the little woman has visions of grandeur… You should see our house which she plans for retirement. The ceilings are 12 ft. high just because they can be. I need a special ladder that takes two people to handle just to change a light-bulb. The lot is at least five times larger than we need. She has even hired people to design stuff for our home like the flower-beds and the colours of things. Sigh. In the old days, one could maintain one’s own home. I was planning to retire to a shack in the bush with a home 16ft square and a workshop 50ft square. I don’t even have a workshop in her grand scheme. Oh well. C’est la vie. Chuckle…

  5. oldman says:

    I really hope that something comes your way Pog. Its no fun to be jobless in this economic environment, even in a country that has some social safety net as canada has.

    Best of luck.

  6. Nothing imminent. Probably in a few weeks someone will have a nervous breakdown and a replacement will be needed in a hurry… I have had a lot of jobs that way. I can survive in positions where others cannot.

  7. oldman says:


    Am I to assume that you have no job prospects at this time?

  8. I have used that other OS for many years and never liked it. I tolerated it.

  9. Are they really going to hire an old man like me?

    Yes but you have to learn to use Microsoft Windows and like it.

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