I think the face of tech has clearly been of younger people, but I feel the notion of older workers being "blocked" is a myth—with one caveat. Older works MUST be open to constant change and constant learning. If you are willing to change and grow as the wind blows AND bring in the unique qualities of your experience, it's a winning combo. Any company that would literally deny someone a job due to their age is not one you want to work for. Hiring based on experience is smart—the more experience the better. As long as the candidate is clearly willing to keep growing and take on new technologies.
Let me also be clear that I am have over 18 years of experience in my field and well over 40 myself—and the youngest on my team. Except for our intern. :-)
Pamela recommends the following next steps:
- Showcase your experience (even if it's just "life" experience), but balance that with your enthusiasm to learn new things.
- Don't assume you won't get a fair shot. Don't buy into the myths or get intimated when you see a lot of young faces. A lot of these companies NEED mentors with a world view perspective.