Mid-40 software techies restless

By agencies   |   Monday, 22 May 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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PUNE: They arenÂ’t exactly singing the blues, but software professionals in their mid-forties, have begun to talk of restlessness.

Anand Deshpande, chairman and managing director, Persistent Systems Pvt, said, (PSPL) “Overall I find the ‘restlessness quotient’ for individuals in their mid 40s is at its highest. When one is young, individuals hustle and are optimistic about their aspirations: they work hard to try and achieve them. By the time they are in their mid-40s, they realize that they may not be able to achieve their aspirations at all. And now that age is not on their side, it takes some work to accept that they will never be able to achieve their dream.”

Perhaps, social work, contribution to the society etc. may help them answer the ‘what am I doing with my life question. Others maintained that peace at life is lowest in the mid-forties since there is that load of unmet ambitions and dreams from a younger age, having to cope with the long slide ahead.

However, the good thing is that this is a passing phase; since they accept the inevitable by the time they cross the half-century mark, 50 years of age. They are cooler. It is the in-between, who realize they cannot make the cut and max out.

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