re: What's your advice to someone over the age of 30 considering a career in software development? VIEW POST

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re: I am just curious why you think this? I am in this boat so although a little disheartening to hear someone say it, I truly would love to hear your...
 

Hey Mike,

I commend you on your attitude:

I am pushing full steam ahead

I have helped a few of my friends gain remote jobs where they earn 55K CAD working in their small town and are very happy because they earn more than most in their area.

You can enter the market, but I'm trying to have people think what ten years may bring. You need to have a long-term plan so you could put yourself in the best position.

The New Blue Collar

The industry is changing, and we are moving towards the commoditization of developers. What do I mean by the commoditization of developers? Through continuing advancement of tooling and processes, companies can create a paint by numbers workforce, which then will eventually be partially replaced through AI automation or assisted by AI.

This change is socially beneficial in the short run because more middle-class wages are going to become available.

This new type of developer is highly disposable. There will be little career progression. You can progress one step up to managing ten developers and see your career stop. (Think of a cashier who runs a self-checkout)

The New White Collar

Join a pre-seed startup in a leadership role, specialize in a cross-domain skill, specialize in frontier technology. These are roles which are not easily automated, are high paying and will have a good career progression.

Go Counter Culture

We are also seeing more life-style companies popping up.
The reason for this could be a reaction to where the industry is going.
A life-style company's purpose is to provide a fulfilling job.
I don't say career because I think progression within life-style companies are limited because company growth is intended to stay small.

How Fast Can You Go From Zero to Senior?

Just as P90X promises that you can transform your body in 90 days you can do the same in web-development industry. I strongly believe it's possible to go from Zero to Senior Developer in 90 days with the right mentor and plan in front of you.

This is all the time I have to write today. I wish I could provide more detailed information but thought this was a good starting point for me to expand on later.

Can I suggest things what 30+ people can do to best position themselves and optimize their chance of success? I certainly can and produce a post as such.

Thanks for the explanation Andrew. I really appreciate this view point. I would love to have further conversation on this when time allows. Good stuff. Thanks man.

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