From job ad:
“Please note that resumes from recent graduates, over-qualified and/or out-of-town respondents will not be reviewed.” [bold is mine]
You would be surprised, but employers in this trade never admit that they reject people with experience of more than 10yrs. It’s good to see at least one telling it like it is: the truth, however bad, is always preferable to lies.
If one takes a look in any design/architectural office, there are usually 20% of young guys, barely a year of two after college on entry positions; 40% of 30yos as main body of intermediate architects and designers, 20% of Seniors and Associates of about 35-40yo and 10% of 45+yo – Executives, marketing guys and Director/Partner level. Purely arithmetically, competition intensifies among those with 10-15 yrs of experience and once you reach 40 becomes fierce. You gotta fight, bite and intrigue just to stay put. Forget about the mantra of “growing with the firm”: by the time you reach 50 the task is just to continue in your chosen profession no matter in what capacity…for another 20 years. Where all the people who’ve been pushed out go? I know some teach, some transfer to Real Estate (becoming “Owner’s representatives”), some open their own tiny firms – but that’s such a drop in the ocean of waste! And these rejects are the people who finally achieved the perfect union of talent and experience…