Designers & age

over 5 years ago from Joao Carvalho, UX Designer

  • Paul ArmstrongPaul Armstrong, over 5 years ago

    I'm 45 (and been in the industry since 1995 -- 22 years?! Ugh) and my relationship with design is probably no different than anyone's trajectory within their career. The further I progress in my career, the more I manage and lead than explicitly execute.

    Your experience can't or won't always be applicable, appreciated, or needed for any given business environment. You have to find the right fit, learn and grow, and as years turn into decades, you should continually find where you are the piece that completes a businesses needs, objectives, and goals. You will have to know your strengths and weakness, so you can improve where you lack and build value where you excel.

    But the world as a whole (at least in America) does not value age and experience. It's not just specific to our industry.

    It's hard not to get cynical about the industry, considering I was "mutually let go" from a startup I cofounded not all that long ago. But that's the nature of that specific business community. It's not that way everywhere.

    One can only hope that if you're doing the above, that your career lasts. But there is no guarantee for anything, which is why I don't spend much time worrying about it.

    10 points