Designers who are 40 plus, how are you...

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Cont ... approaching your next career steps to make it all the way to the retirement age (not as a goal, but as an age marker)? Especially if you are currently not in the director/leadership role working in the agency, in-house, or in-house tech. Are you actively trying to get into the management roles (not just a project lead, but leading a larger team of people or business) or are feeling good continuing on the IC (individual contributor) level? Have you felt the push to advance up the corporate ladder?

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I am in my mid-forties and have been an individual contributor and a project design lead. I’m not really interested in management so much, as I love the craft.

I’m always developing my skillset and learning things beyond my job role. This made me a go to person on projects, because I had much more range than my younger colleagues. I’m not sure what’s next to be honest, but I do feel that I am aging out. I can only find contract roles and am finding it harder to really connect with younger colleagues. I find I am not really given the same respect as younger designers.

I tend to see more copywriters in their 40 and 50’s, than I do designers. Maybe that’s the answer.

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Chillin. Working at home, get lots of time with kids. Make and create things everyday. Not a spaz like Beeple doing everydays but staying highly inspired. Play with AE in my downtime to come up with new things I’ve not seen. Coding sometimes (OF or web things). Leading teams and loving it.

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