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I haven't seen it. Some companies like to hire programmers fresh out
of school, but an inexperienced technical writer is so useless that
the phrase is virtually a non sequitur. The more experience you have,
the more valuable you are, so long as you keep your skills current.
When I started at my last job, I was around 50 and the docs manager
who hired me was around 30. When I was manager, I hired a guy about my
age--he was the best candidate. I went to a job interview a couple of
months ago where the docs manager looked to be 20-something but most
of the writers I met with were around my age.
Age discrimination is illegal in the US, by the way. Any comment about
someone being "too old" or so on invites a lawsuit.
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