Bad news brings bad memories for retired editor

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  1. I’m 41 and in New York, that’s old–too old to get hired in print. I expect to be compensated for my experience, you see. Instead, a lot of places would rather go with a 30-year-old with lower salary requirements. Experience doesn’t matter anymore. As long as you have five years, it’s all about salary. I’m convinced of it.

    Ah, well, this is why the jobs I’m looking at aren’t in journalism. As you say, print is dying out in favor of electronic, and you know, no one over the age of 23 knows anything about THAT. (eyeroll)
    I vacillate constantly between missing my job and being glad I’m out of the rat race. The bar is down to 30 now? That’s so … self-defeating!

    There have to be employers out there who appreciate and value experience, skill, and judgment; they’re just getting harder to find. I know you have to eat in the meantime, but the right job is out there somewhere. You’ll find it.

  2. i do not get why, in the western world especially, our older and wiser are tossed aside, viewed as incompetent or unable to learn. Perhaps this is a huge part of the reason our young people seem so out of control, spoiled?

    In other parts of the world, older folks are revered and mined for their life experience, acquired wisdom and knowledge and it is their beauty.

    What a tremendous resource wasted! What arrogance and ignorance. How wrong.
    I read Terri’s post and her situation at age 41, or listen to my 40-year-old son saying that in his field, computer program developer and systems administrator, he’s considered over the hill, and I’m just appalled. At this rate, in another 10 years, management will be 30-somethings hiring 20-somethings, while at the same time retirement ages and life expectancies keep increasing. I just don’t see how that’s supposed to keep working — logically, mathematically, or by any other calculation.

  3. Rant on mama! G.E. pushed my dad into early retirement; I’ll never forget how it made him feel. I’ve hated G.E. ever since. Here’s a guy that worked for them FOREVER and … buh-bye, like it was nothing.

    And, when they force someone into early retirement, yet they are not old enough to receive medicare benefits, what are they suppose to do to get health insurance coverage? It can screw a person over in so many ways. It’s b.s.

    I can see why you are so frustrated.

    @c, “40 year old son 40 yrs old considered over the hill” that is so ridiculous.
    Ah yes, the health insurance. I’ll bet most people these days are working as much for health insurance as anything else. And if you happen to be the head of the family, like your dad, you’re probably talking about taking away the coverage for an entire family. As crushing as it was to me, as a single, I can’t begin to imagine how it must hit a person who feels (and is) responsible for his or her entire family.

  4. Er, it’s a bit late to be responding to a 4 year + year old post, but I don’t like to rush things. (Plus I just noticed your blog in the Featured Section of WP, an honor I have yet to be accorded, gnash gnash) I’m older now, you see, and don’t move as fast as I userd to. 😉 But what I wanted to say, er, let me try with that old brain of mine to remember what I was saying… I think… I think…. I think the young eventually get older, too. They just don’t think it applies to them. That’s because they’re special. Time waits for no one, except them! More seriously, I think it doesn’t take genius to realize that in this country, whatever one may have learned from life and its harsh lessons, or the experience from a lifetime on the job, is generally viewed as essentially worthless, by potential employers. Young and stupid (and cheap) is the preferred hire. Experience to them is just another disposable piece of annoying ie, expensive) baggage, except in what used to be called “the professions.” Those who have not managed by 40 to accumulate a fortress stash of f*** you money will be at the mercy, at the very mercy I say, of wild dogs roaming in the late afternoon. I call it the iceberg syndrome. It’s every person for themselves, that’s the ticket! Me, moi, and mine. Such a pleasant thought, innit? And probably does not really make for a structurally viable, sane society, long term. Nice blog, btw. Learned something new today: “pied type.” But wait, I think I’m too old to learn anything new, they tell me. 😉

    1. Sounds like you move at about my speed. And I figure if I’m still moving at all, that’s pretty good. As for being too old to learn anything new — let ’em think that. That way they’ll never suspect what we’re up to. We are still up to something, aren’t we? 😉

... and that's my two cents