Main Question or Discussion Point
How old were you when you gave your first talk at a conference?
Hey mathwonk, did you ever find that earning your PhD at a later age was a hindrance to your career? Before I came to school, I spent several years in "industry" (the service industry) and I plan on completing my PhD around age 35. I'm always worried that I will have difficulty finding an academic job since my competitors will be around 5 to 10 years younger than me.I got my PhD in 1977 at age 35.
I got mine at 35 also. Never considered an academic career just an industrial. After 6 years, I am making more than my contemporaries who went into academia and they have got 2-3 years left before they get tenure because of the "mandatory post-doc" time they had to spend before getting their first permanent type job. I am vested in my retirement system at work and my 401K is bigger than theirs..... did you ever find that earning your PhD at a later age was a hindrance to your career?
No - it just means that after 45, it's pretty much down hill.Mathwonk. ..you approached 65 faster..but doesn't that mean you got to focus on research after 65? I just see my old professors wandering around teh libraries reading.