IS AGEISM A THING?

Have you ever felt discriminated against in any form? Ageism is a thing and several cases were reported in 2018. It’s concerning to think of age as something of less value, especially when some great talent can fall to the wayside based on age alone. Why must everything be placed in a box with a label? How can we take the bias out of job searching and hiring? Many would argue that candidates have already established bad habits as they get older and would rather hire a graduate that’s “trainable.” It’s true that we must keep up with technology, but it seems that employers are a little bias when it comes to the minds of the older and the wiser. One can update their skills regardless of what generation they come from. The key word here, is drive and will power. However, if I’m sitting in the waiting room with another person 10 years younger than me, waiting for an interview, I’m going in confident yet doubtful because that person might seem more qualified based on their age. If you feel discriminated against, here are a few tips to overcome this obstacle.

  1. REINVENT YOURSELF AND NETWORK
    The internet has made it so much easier to get yourself out there and create your own personal brand. You can share your story and reinvent who you want to be. It’s been shown that many employers will reference your social media to get an idea of who you are and the experience you have to offer. Make sure you’re representing your skills and putting yourself out there as much as you can.
  2. APPLY FOR INTERNSHIPS
    Maybe you’d like to gain some experience in different fields while in the process of reinventing yourself. This is a perfect way to test the waters and see if maybe there’s a certain field you like better. This also gives employers a look into your skills and what you can offer them.
  3. YOU’RE AS OLD OR YOUNG AS YOU FEEL
    This might sound silly, but have you ever heard that if you put something out there, you receive it? It’s “The Secret.” Olympic swimmer Dara Torres was 41 years old when she became a five-time Olympian. Don’t let anyone make you feel you’re not good enough or too old or too young to be the hardest working person on the team. Get out there and prove it.

Have you experienced discrimination because of your age? Maybe someone made you feel too young or too old? We would love to hear your stories.

– Written By Dominique Castellon

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