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Mid-Life Crisis and the Importance of New Skills for Mid-Level IT Professionals

CASE FLYER, ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
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Mid-Life Crisis and the Importance of New Skills for Mid-Level IT Professionals

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

• The connotations and inevitabilities of mid-life crisis
• Managing mid-life crisis and the role of HR

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Mid-life Crisis: The Connotations & Inevitabilities

1. According to you, what does the term mid-life crisis signify? Do you think only working professionals experience this crisis or is it generic? Substantiate your choice with valid reasons.
2. What, according to you, are the reasons that lead an individual (working or non-working) to undergo mid-life crisis? Are there any clear, identifiable indicators of mid-life crisis?
3. Do you think the factors leading to mid-life crisis in males and females (working or non-working) are similar. Infer on the basis of the response given in Question no.2.
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Mid-Life Crisis and the Importance of New Skills for Mid-Level IT Professionals

 

Synopsis

This case flyer focuses on the issue of mid-life crisis among mid-level IT professionals. It deliberates on the various reasons for the rise of mid-life crisis among individuals, in general, and mid-level IT professionals, in particular. The article showcases the manner in which mid-career professionals in software service firms are scrambling to either learn new skills or to re-skill themselves with the sole aim of combating the threat of a job loss or obsolescence. Do you think engineering colleges can help mid-level IT professionals combat mid-life crisis by integrating their curriculum with the ‘in-demand’ skills? In the contemporary scenario, it has been observed that employees/individuals are experiencing mid-life crisis as early as in their mid-30s. Do men and women employees experience mid-life crisis at the same stage/age of their professional careers?

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • • The connotations and inevitabilities of mid-life crisis
  • • Managing mid-life crisis and the role of HR

 

Positioning and Setting

This case flyer can be used in the following course:

  • a) Organizational Behaviour – Training: Creating Team Players
  • b) HRM – Training and Developing Employees

 

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Abstract


This case flyer and the accompanying article1 enable a discussion on the rapidly rising phenomenon of mid-life crisis amongst mid-level IT Professionals, in particular, and employees across various levels and industries, in general. It offers a platform to deliberate on the role of HR in managing the re-skill requirements of employees. Though mid-life crisis, as a phenomenon has been a long researched area, off late it has captured the interest of companies and individuals alike. Is mid-life crisis a necessary evil for every working professional? Can it be avoided? Is it possible to device a mechanism to cope up with mid-life crisis? Research in the area of mid-life crisis had revealed that individuals generally experienced this phase between the ages of 40 and 60. However, recent research figures indicate a significant change in this pattern with individuals experiencing this crisis as early as their mid-30s. Do men and women experience mid-life crisis at the same age/stage of their lives? Do personal events have a bearing on when an individual will experience mid-life crisis?



Pedagogical Objectives

  • To understand the connotations and inevitabilities of mid-life crisis
  • To discuss how to manage mid-life crisis and the role of HR


1 Akanksha Prasad, “IT’s Mid-life Crisis: ‘Tech’ Up a New Skill or Leave”, The Economic Times, November 11th 2013



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