Combatting Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Age discrimination is known as being treated differently because of your age, most commonly in the workplace. When looking for a job, your age can influence a potential employer's hiring decision. You may find yourself asking: "What does age have to do with my career?"
The modern world is constantly changing. In years past, companies would look for employees to help with decision-making, usually older and more experienced in the field. Recently the trend for companies seems to lean towards youthful, open-minded, college graduates, with a guaranteed expertise in modern technology. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Age discrimination law prohibits discrimination in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, benefits, and any other term or condition of employment." The harsh reality is that age discrimination still takes place under the radar.
The following tips will enable you to combat age discrimination, whether you are an entry-level or an experienced professional:
- Stay relevant in the working world: Master the current technology; stay up to date on the latest social media apps, web media, local print media, online tutorials, etc.
- Accept and adapt to change: In an everchanging world, companies are always looking for new ways to improve. Always seek out new computer programs, additional resources, and updated ways to connect with others.
- Have energy and stamina: Always be setting goals in order to maintain motivation for success.
- Keep your resume updated: Potential employers are looking for experience, not age. Summarize your strengths and what you have to offer.
According to, Alexandra Levit, Chair of DeVry University's Career Advisory Board, "When companies spend money to bring a new hire on board, they want to believe that person will work there forever—even if objectively, hiring managers know that won’t happen, regardless of how old the candidate is." The future is bright and being yourself when looking for a job, interviewing, and presenting yourself is key. Choosing a career that will emphasize your strengths will help you succeed, minimize your weaknesses, and bring out your personality.