I turn thirty-nine next month. Yet, I’m just beginning my career. I have just three years experience as a software engineer/web developer professionally. Forget the hobby stuff I did before now, that’s nothing. I’m still wet behind the ears to anyone who matters.
I understood when I made my choice a few years ago that I’d be behind in points and short on time. That I’d have a lot of ground to cover and very little time to do it if I wanted to stay competitive. But, as it turns out, one of my biggest fears just may be completely unfounded.
I worried that as I got older my mind would become rigid and resist the fluid reality of the software development world. But studies show that in this particular area of thought “with age comes wisdom” happens to be true, rather than the opposite.
Researchers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C, focusing on the website Stack Overflow, discovered that those members who were older had higher reputation score on average. On top of that, researchers realized a fairly steep decline in subjects commented on by programmers between the ages of fifteen to thirty, while developers over thirty up to their early fifties “engaged in a wider variety of programming topics.”
In regards to newer technologies, such as iOS and Windows Phone, older programmers actually knew more than their younger counterparts. How do you like them apples?
So, with one of my largest fears assuaged, I start this rainy Tuesday with a much brighter outlook than I have in quite a while. Happy Tuesday everyone.