Becoming a prospective employee in the mid forties!Due to the complex interaction with market forces, cash crunch and stiff competition, dropping revenues, downsizing, mergers, the unthinkable is happening to the salaried class in India. The reality of needing to look for a job just we are inching towards a well-settled career.
This is not a mid-life crisis, this is the reality for some people. Attractive promotions, hike in salary especially in the private sector is a dream for many employees.
In the mid-forties, some feel that they are past their prime, their productivity is lesser comparatively, some become very conservative and avoid taking any risks even if they are stuck in a low-paying job. Based on what has happened to me and many friends, experience (beyond 5-10 yrs) does not carry the value that it had a decade ago.
I personally feel an employee who feels he/she is well settled in a company (more so private sector) needs to keep this in the back of the mind and be prepared rather than allowing it to become a nasty surprise.