Career Challenges: Age Discrimination
Even if you are young and full of energy, it is likely that the time will fly very quickly and there will be one day when you will have to face the age discrimination issue. Many people face it today when they are trying to make their way to success but feel employers are biased against them. This is as a situation in which we all risk to find ourselves after we cross the midline of our career. The danger is to quit and find another job. The worst case scenario is to quit your job and retire in attempts to find a serenity and peace after a fulfilling career. But we believe age discrimination shouldn’t be an ultimate reason to leave your job lest alone your whole career. Instead, it should be viewed as a carer challenge to be overcome. Despite that most people don’t like to talk about it or do anything about it, we decided to share some tips on how to tackle the issue.
What to Do?
There is one thing you can do really to prove your boss or a potential employer that your age is an advantage, not a downside. You cannot rid people of all stereotypes but what you can do is to make sure you break those stereotypes in the minds of people who make up your professional surrounding. First of all, you have to show that your age isn’t just about how old is your body; it is also about extensive knowledge and gained experience that would help company achieve its goals. It is likely that you actually know how to help the company and your experience can be a huge advantage for your. Companies need to achieve their goals after all. If you prove that your age has nothing to do with the things you can’t do but it is all about what you can do for the company.
One of the fears that employers usually have is that people who are 50 and older are not eager to learn anything new and stay current. Sometimes they are right as this tendency has a place; it makes no sense to deny the fact. But it doesn’t mean everybody is like that and it is your job to prove it. Stay current in your field by spending your time on things that will help you stay abreast of the latest tendencies in your area of expertise. Don’t ignore new technology. Many things are different today from what you used to know especially in IT. Take some classes to stay up to date with modern technologies and demonstrate to your employer that you know how to use them in your work.
Prove that you are capable of leading a team to achieve the expected results. If you have done that in the past – perfect; but what you need now is to demonstrate that you can do it today. You can become a community leader to show off or you can do that within a company. Keep in mind that it is all about goals and objectives. The company may want to choose that hiring a few young employees would be a better option than pay you a high salary. But if you are more likely to get the company to a specific destination then they will rather go with you. Result is all that matters for the company executives and your age can actually help you persuade them that you know what to do.