Kunwar Vivek Singh has been an eternal student of new programming languages and tech concepts, through his 20-year-long career. “Every time a new thing comes up, I read up about it, make a ‘Hello World’ proof of concept, and when I know I can do that, I move on,” said the 43-year-old. He has worked in IT services companies and co-founded three startups where he built the tech and ran the business. He thought he had the winning combination when he went on the job hunt—a mix of startup vigour, tech chops and skills to run a business. But that wasn’t how large companies saw his resume.
40 is the new 60
40-year-olds: Every employer’s Darwinian reality
IT services are freezing mid-level hiring. Product companies are shutting entire divisions. Women are the worst hit. Upskilling is skin-deep. And the impact of all this will be felt elsewhere
Startups have emerged as a destination for 40-year-old techies looking for jobs, but they come with pay cuts and few openings
Large companies are constrained to hire or keep people in their forties because of shifts in their business and new tech adoption
Reskilling has not proved to be effective for employees so far
Women who stuck through to reach mid-management take years to find a job