What I learned from Google – You Get Fifteen Years – Unchartered Waters: “This is what struck me: Where were the old dudes?“
“During my interview at Google, I 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.”
At 41 I’m definitely feeling the same thing that Matt Heusser describes. And I’m sure a lot of that comes with having children early in life – Bonnie and I had Robert at 25, Emme at 27 and James at 30. I’m now looking at two kids going to college in the next few years, while many people our age only now have babies or toddlers.
But issues like relocation or forgoing a decent paycheck for the possibility of future compensation in the form of stock options? Immensely complicated when you have a family of five to provide for and consider.
As my own job hunt continues, I’m disheartened to find fewer and fewer companies willing to make compromises for people with lives of their own.
What makes it particularly frustrating is that there seems to be a push back against telecommuters. It’s stupid and regressive.
I’m perfectly willing to compromise on pay and a cushy workplace if it means I’m able to stay home and work at my pace in my environment. But expect me to work for coolie wages and drive to the office every day? You must be joking.