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How do I handle my next It Job?

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 How do I handle my next IT job when I feel like my current job title is too advanced for my age (30) and level?

Being the software architect at a small company I feel insecure about applying for the architect position at larger companies. Especially when I see the team of many 40+ year olds I’m supposed to be leading. Applying for anything less than architect feels like a bad CV strategy.

Start off by taking your age out of the scenario. We live in a multi-generational and diversified work force.

You say that your current job title is too advanced for your age. It would seem that you have put your own self-imposed filter on how your age is relevant to your job. Your skills and experience are more important than your age. If you weren’t qualified, you wouldn’t have been offered your position in the first place. And if it was, you likely wouldn’t still be working there.

In many professional fields, supervising older workers is often the norm. I work in healthcare. In my first job, right out of school, as a Registered Nurse, I was supervising support staff that were decades older than me. Age doesn’t come into play. Your self-confidence, experience and leadership skills are more important.

Your question leads me to wonder though if you actually are ready to make a move to what you see as bigger and better? There may be value in you staying in your current position and growing into it so that you see your self as worthy of the new job. There can be advantages to be the big fish in the little pond, rather than getting swallowed up by bigger fish in the bigger pond.


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