35 the New 55?

 

The conventional wisdom is that tech jobs require a limber, associative mind and an appetite for risk — both of which lessen with age. As Silicon Valley work culture becomes American work culture, these attitudes are spreading to all industries. More workers are finding themselves in the curious position of presenting as old while still being — technically, actuarially — quite young. And Modern Elder sees a business opportunity in selling them coping workshops, salt-air yoga and access to a shaman.

Modern Elder Retreat-Todos Santos,Baja Mexico Photo: Jason Henry-NYTimes

Modern Elder Retreat-Todos Santos,Baja Mexico Photo: Jason Henry-NYTimes


Their anxieties are well founded. In Silicon Valley, the hiring rate seems to slow for workers once they hit 34, according to a 2017 study by Visier, a human-resources analytics provider. The median age of a worker at Facebook, LinkedIn and SpaceX is 29, according to a recent analysis by the workplace transparency site PayScale.

- Nellie Bowles - NY Times 3/4/19

Chip Conley-Modern Elder Academy Photo:Jason Henry- NY Times

Chip Conley-Modern Elder Academy Photo:Jason Henry- NY Times

I first met Chip Conley down in Todos Santos, an hour’s drive north up the Pacific Coast from Cabo San Lucas, in 2014 while I was restoring an organic farm for my nextracks. He was scouting locations for his retreat after having sold his successful boutique hotelsand was advising AirBnB on hospitality as their “elder in residence” . He soon learned firsthand about the growing generational divide in the work place. At that time his Modern Elders Academy , was originally intended and still is for the 50+ to think hard and deep about what’s next. Now he’s applying the same mindfulness approach to help the 35+ deal with their new career realities.

No more dynamic person or spectacular setting for looking further out over the career horizon.

If you can’t get to Mexico, try is new book Wisdom@Work or catch one of his video presentations to help navigate through this transition lifestage which keeps getting younger.

-Mike Cerre