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I am working on Digital Marketing platform for 2.5 years, aged 25 and willing to jump into software development(specifically Android and has some hands on experience in Android development.)

My questions

  1. Do companies look for age and kind of job that you are applying ?
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    – gnat
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 10:24
  • @gnat I have edited my question. ok now ?
    – Taverner
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 10:25
  • well per my reading, "What do recruiters expect" sounds pretty much like "what skills should I learn?"
    – gnat
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 10:27
  • @gnat How about now ?
    – Taverner
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 10:30
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    Voting to close as vague. Who's that someone? You know some Android and the most specific thing you can say is that you'll PROBABLY go into Android, and you want your questions answered on that premise? Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 11:38

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  1. No. Depending on where you are in the world it's illegal to discriminate on age. Most (sensible) people care about talent and potential.
  2. Not really. People change careers all the time. If you switched from being a pig farmer to a app developer, it might be a little unusual - but going from one high-tech industry to another isn't strange.

The best advice I can give you is to start a portfolio. When I look at hiring developers, the first thing I want to do is play with their apps. That speaks more to me about you than your age and background.

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  • I have to add that while age discrimination might be illegal in some places (but not in Europe, to my knowledge...), it does not mean it doesn't happen. The companies are just more careful about it, and usually state more generic reasons for laying off older workers, or when not hiring. Most of the time they don't actually list any reason for rejecting an applicant of any age - just "Thank you, but unfortunately you were not chosen." Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 13:22
  • Age discrimination is illegal in the UK ageuk.org.uk/work-and-learning/discrimination-and-rights - and the rest of the EU ec.europa.eu/justice/discrimination/files/… Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 19:25
  • Ah, that's interesting. In Finland, over 40-45-year-old IT professionals are almost invariably laid off and replaced with younger ones, and the companies are not hiding that. Even in government-owned companies. But then again, it isn't truly about age, but about salaries, which are naturally much higher for older workers: age multiplied by 100 is a good ballpark formula for average IT-salaries here. And the same happens when applying for jobs - they will take the younger one with lower salary expectation. Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 8:54

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