Hi all, I've been inactive here for a while, hope you're all doing well. I'm a master's student in computer science, but not because I particularly want to be. I was having a lot of difficulty in the software engineering job market when I only had my bachelor's degree, despite having a good GPA and some personal projects. I'm no longer convinced that the second degree alone will be enough to make the difference. I've had several experiences where older engineers (think 50-ish year olds that live inside their Linux boxes) I was interviewing with would try to test me. I think these folks might have a bit of confirmation bias. They want to tease out any hint of irresponsibility or unwillingness to accept criticism that they can. And they see what they want to see in me, however slight or great the evidence for that might be. So what can I do as a - relatively - young person to dispel these notions? What "soft skills" can I best make use of? I'm doing everything I can to work on whatever personality flaws I may have. I'm also trying to appear/act older to better relate to these types of people.