I don’t think I ever realized how much I was surrounded by sexism in my day to day life. There are times when I feel like I was just a kid in a candy store. It’s a shame that people still take advantage of that. It’s important that we all recognize our privilege and make a conscious effort to use our privilege wisely.
As with any other issue, it’s important to note that ageism isn’t unique to tech. We see it in any field where people are hired based on their experience and ability. We see it in all aspects of our life. When I’m in a meeting with a candidate for a position, I’d like to have a good discussion about the candidate’s experience and qualifications, but I’m not going to lie and say I’m 100% confident the position is going to be filled.
This is what I mean. When it comes to hiring, ageism is rampant in the industry. Companies are looking for younger, less experienced people who have a “cool” image and are willing to do things the old way. When I was a kid, we used to say “you might be young, but you are also young”. Many of these people are not even old enough to drive, let alone work in the tech industry.
This is one of those situations where I will be the first to admit I am not the best judge of what is or isn’t ageism. I do not believe this is true in every case. I simply think it is rampant in some cases, and I do feel it will probably never go away.
I say this not because I am a young person myself, but because I am a professional in the tech industry. I do, however, firmly believe that people in tech are not the same as people in other industries. I find it strange that a lot of my peers in technology have the same level of knowledge and drive as I do.
Although this is a personal belief, I feel that the same goes for engineers in general. I was a kid when I started programming at a very young age. I am not the best judge of what is or isnt ageism. I do not believe this is true in every case. I simply feel it is rampant in some cases, and I do feel it will probably never go away.
The problem arises when engineers are expected to do the same things as the rest of us. I am not opposed to this idea, but I feel it is something that needs to be discussed and debated to help us identify the problems.
The problem isn’t ageism, the problem is that engineers haven’t had the experience to really understand what ageism means. We are taught to believe that you can only be as valuable to your company as your skills and experience. I’m not sure how useful this really is. If you’re a new engineer, you obviously have no prior experience. You’re learning from scratch, so I think the problem you run into is that you think you are learning from scratch and you are not.
There are two types of engineers. One is a young engineer and the other is an old engineer. The young ones are the ones who are learning from scratch. But if you are an old engineer, you are the ones who are learning from the scratch. The old engineers never learned anything about the new, shiny, faster, and more efficient way of doing things. They did not have any experience with the new, shiny, faster, and more efficient way of doing things.
As it turns out, the older engineers are actually a fairly small subset of the overall engineer population. The old engineers are a small subset of the engineers that are actually doing the work. In the tech world, old engineers are the ones that most often write code. But a lot of the newer engineers don’t know much about coding.