I am staring turning 50 in the face and sometimes feel like I have not made it far enough. Especially when I start to think about past colleagues who are not only younger and started their "real jobs" after I did. I have recently reconnected with a similar aged colleague and he commented that he is surprised that I am not in a management role. While I appreciated his vote of confidence, it really did hit home.
It certainly hasn't been due to lack of trying. At a previous employer (tech company that even in 2022 is very much a boys club), I had 6 managers in my 8 year tenure. To me, this never allowed me to build a relationship with any manager to gain an advocate for career advancement, including continuing education; not even internally within the organization.
I work hard to protect my good reputation and am proud that people always ask to work with me, and fortunately this has continued to where I am today. Being matched to that mentor/advocate who truly want to "lift" me up though - I am still looking.
We went to college in the 90s, started our careers when cell phones were a luxury that came with a shoulder bag and fax machines were the newest tech.
Here we are now, in what should be the best years of our career facing an ever changing work culture that sees established Boomers still running the show with Millennials expecting to be the next leaders. Meanwhile we just want to take a vacation, make sure the kids get to soccer practice and fund our 401k.
Keep it on topic, be decent humans, no keyboard warriors.