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Career opportunities in the IT department exclusively for young people?: A mixed-method study about ageism in the tech industry through the lens of the lifelong learning
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT.
2022 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study is an attempt through literature and empirical methods (mixed methodology, qualitative and quantitative) to contribute to the knowledge base about if there is agism and age bias in software development businesses. The other aspect of this research is to connect Lifelong Learning theory with the issue of modern-day workers in the digital era where competition and pressure to learn new technologies put a new perspective on work-life. The base for data gathering was semi-structured interviews with additional information from a questionnaire as a complementary part of the research. 8 respondents with IT backgrounds participated in the interviews, and 48 answered the questionnaire. The results suggest that age preferences are indeed part of the recruitment processes, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is discrimination, however, there may be age bias towards older people, often associated with the stereotype that older people are less adaptive to learning new technologies. This research also finds that Lifelong learning is generally very important to the reality of workplaces. This paper suggests that further research about this topic is needed preferably with participants from several countries and witha larger number of respondents.

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2022. , p. 48
Keywords [en]
ageism, age-bias career in informatics, lifelong learning
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-18640Local ID: EXI802OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-18640DiVA, id: diva2:1674614
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Informatics
Educational program
IT och verksamhetsutveckling
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Available from: 2022-06-22 Created: 2022-06-22 Last updated: 2022-06-22Bibliographically approved

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