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    Only a few months away now. I always swore I'd be retired by 50 but it's not looking likely. Still need the money, but my god am I losing the will. The thought of going through the motions for that next contract, being interviewed by people in their 30's (or less), fills me with dread, as does sitting down pair-programming with somebody young enough to be my son or daughter. Anybody else been through this?

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    Meet the 56 year old tester with 6 years still left on his mortgage...I know the feeling
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sausage Surprise View Post
    Meet the 56 year old tester with 6 years still left on his mortgage...I know the feeling
    I've got TWO mortgages!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oliverson View Post
    I've got TWO mortgages!
    Damn, I had no sympathy, now my heart bleeds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oliverson View Post
    Only a few months away now. I always swore I'd be retired by 50 but it's not looking likely. Still need the money, but my god am I losing the will. The thought of going through the motions for that next contract, being interviewed by people in their 30's (or less), fills me with dread, as does sitting down pair-programming with somebody young enough to be my son or daughter. Anybody else been through this?
    Why?

    What is it that fills you with dread?

    What do you actually feel about working?

    You have to accept that as a 50 something person the majority of people you work with will be younger - and therefore some of these people who are more senior to you will be younger.

    Is it simply the age of people you will be working with which bothers you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by original PM View Post
    Why?

    What is it that fills you with dread?

    What do you actually feel about working?

    You have to accept that as a 50 something person the majority of people you work with will be younger - and therefore some of these people who are more senior to you will be younger.

    Is it simply the age of people you will be working with which bothers you?
    I guess I feel like John Terry does at Chelsea right now! Past it. Legs have gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oliverson View Post
    I guess I feel like John Terry does at Chelsea right now!
    Are you sha*ing all your co-workers partners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidot View Post
    Are you sha*ing all your co-workers partners?
    No. It's not just coding that you lose the appetite for at 50!

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    Closer to 60 than to 55, haven't lost any of the appetites you mention. Actually could retire now but having too much fun and retirement will be better if I keep making money a little longer. Also helping my kids to get professionally entrenched, and helping a couple retired guys to get a few hours here and there to keep from calcifying. Good for them, good for me, there's a lot of satisfaction in that.

    To each his own. I like my work. Helps that I'm still smarter than all the kids even though I've forgotten 3/4 of what I once knew. Ego-centric enough to like blowing them away every once in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by original PM View Post
    Why?

    What is it that fills you with dread?

    What do you actually feel about working?

    You have to accept that as a 50 something person the majority of people you work with will be younger - and therefore some of these people who are more senior to you will be younger.

    Is it simply the age of people you will be working with which bothers you?
    Maybe it's the complete disconnect between millennials and somebody in their fifties?

    I'm completely with the op on this one. For me it's more the whole Agile thing - 3 hour long meetings in which I have to have an active role after a 2 hour commute and 3 hours sleep.

    I've avoided pair programming so far but I do enquire about it before accepting a role because pp in its purest form would be positively misery inducing. I once worked with a guy who told me at his previous client everything was 100% paired. Not only that, each day you would be moved to a completely different user story.

    Shudder....

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