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Reflections on my upcoming 40th birthday, hitting targets, and our relevance in the profession

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In less than a month, I will be 40 years old.  In my early 30s, I took away my date of birth from social media and from my CV. The reason behind this was that I worried about being regarded as "past my prime", especially for hiring committees. It took me a while to get funding for my PhD and then it took me a while to get a second PhD, as well as several postdoc positions. I also had two children. My partner was the primary caregiver for both through their early years, so I only took a few months off for each birth. Still, this all takes time--and time goes on inexorably.  In the past I could not help thinking, "By age 40, I should..." Have a permanent job, check. Still, what is permanent these days?  Bought house, nope. Too expensive.  Published a paper in one of the top-3 philosophy journals, nope. (I should start writing in a different way and actually submit to these things, so it doesn't seem to be that big a. . .

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