Ageism has always been around, in both directions. Whether it is older people having a suspicious attitude towards younger folks, or younger folks being skeptical regarding older generations, ageism is a reality. It exists in our personal daily lives as well as in the professional workspace. This can be a problem in this day and age when young entrepreneurs, generally grouped as millennials, enter the workspace. In fact, according to a study, the age in which today’s youth are starting their own businesses is on average lower compared to the baby boom generation. For millennials, it is in their early 20’s and for baby boomers, it was in their early 30’s. So how does a millennial face ageism? The following are some pointers to help beat age-old beliefs and prejudices.
Proving One’s Own Worth
The trick here is to highlight your accomplishments. After all, you are still young and don’t have an impressive CV or resume to boast of. Therefore, show them what you can do. This can include skills or show that you can be responsible and trustworthy.
If you work in a large company, be sure to make yourself be seen and heard. The bosses need to know if you have done something worthwhile or great. It would be a pity to miss out on getting promoted, just because you didn’t make yourself get heard.
Always Keep Trying
When you suffer setbacks or have a few bad days at work, there is always the temptation to quit. This is bad for two reasons. The first is that even if you go to another job there will be similar experiences. You are not solving the problem, all you did is switch jobs and challenges. The second reason is it may not look good on your resume. So, stick with it, because fortune favors the patient ones.
A common mistake made by youngsters entering the workforce is to act like they know a lot more than they actually do. This will only annoy your co-workers. Instead of acting like you know what to do when you don’t, the best thing to do is to show them you know how to find help to accomplish a task. Therefore, keep your head down and be humble whenever necessary.