For business executives in their 40s and older, the fear of losing relevance in an office full of 20-somethings who were raised on the Internet and social media can be an anxiety-producing proposition, even when your resume is full of impressive credentials. Some executives are willing to surrender next-generation operations to a new tech-savvy generation, but for workers such as Doug Gould, a 50-year-old advertising professional who intends to remain a vital part of his company, fighting obsolescence means staying competitive with younger colleagues by keeping up on new technology, even if it means taking classes.

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