Re: Another question to ponder

Subject: Re: Another question to ponder
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 13:32:57 -0400

I'm 57 and have been doing technical writing since I was in high school, even if I didn't have a job with that title until 11 years ago.

In general, age and experience have counted in my favor, at least in terms of getting a decent salary. In my most recent position, though, each round of layoffs managed to knock off the oldest person remaining. Those laid off skewed a few years older, on average, than those remaining, but never so blatantly as to expose the company to a lawsuit over it; and the company could easily argue that their financial situation prompted them to cut the highest-paid workers (south of the executive suite, of course).

This is the only instance in which age ever worked against me that I'm aware of.

John Wilcox wrote:

James Barrow <vrfour -at- earthlink -dot- net> asked:

Has anyone's age been a factor on a tech writing assignment?

I turn 53 next week. I've been a TW for almost 19 years. Age has never been
a factor (as far as I know). If a company placed more importance on age than
on ability to do a quality job, I wouldn't work for them anyway.


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