"As a manager, I don’t think age is viewed negatively
until you have about 30 years in. But for developers, I do think
age can have an impact on people’s perceptions.
"Keep in mind that under the federal Age Discrimination in
Employment Act (ADEA), workers 40 and over cannot be arbitrarily
discriminated against because of age in employment decisions,
including hiring. But proving discrimination is almost impossible
if a job candidate wasn’t invited to interview because of
"I have written before about my past as a hiring manager, noting
that when I reviewed resumes I always jumped down to the bottom to
learn where the candidate went to college. As part of that quick
scan, I’d naturally notice of their graduation year and do
the quick math.
"In my eyes, someone with 20+ years of experience has more
upside than downside. They typically have learned valuable lessons
throughout their career, and their maturity makes them more
accountable than younger programmers."