I heard a term the other day that I had never heard before.“I’ve Been Aged Out of My Job.”
I have never heard or thought of that before. Maybe because I work for myself and if I aged out of the business I wouldn’t be writing this.
I have the same internal voice that I did when I was a kid. It never goes away. At times the volume goes up or down. It always goes forward even with bumps in the road.
Sure, I have heard about hiring biases for older folks which is totally true but you shouldn’t let companies define your age or your journey. You can always turn your knowledge into a job by working for yourself. You only have to be comfortable with jumping off tall buildings without a parachute and hoping you catch one before you hit the ground.
Not for the faint of heart.
In the New Normal your digital presence defines if you have game and relevance because that is how you will be found first.
In the advertising business, the average age of employees is 34. I am a couple of decades older than that. I am not worried about getting fired.
Your identity today is your online game even if you work in any vertical. Supply Chain, HR, even CFO. It is not about the fact that you have an MBA from an Ivy League school 20 years ago. Most young people don’t even have an MBA on their minds. They know that is just a way to rack up debt today.
Technology is changing every industry and if you know technology then you will be valuable no matter your age. If you know how to do things that other people don’t in the room you will be valuable. All companies in a changing environment want translators that can use their knowledge to carry their company into the future.
But it’s difficult to get to the hiring table if you are stuck in the past.
So how strong is your digital engagement? Where is your blog writing about your thought leadership and capabilities in your field?
Somebody commented on one of my blogs the other day that most people he knows only update their LinkedIn profile when they are looking for a job. They rarely send out daily updates to keep them in front of people and show that they are smart.
Even if you are working, you live in the New Normal, you have to spend an hour a day acting as if you were looking for a job and marketing yourself. An hour a day is a TV Show you watch.
As Dylan Thomas said you have to rage rage against the dying of the light. Even if it seems bring for you today. You need to rage against the machine.
You need to have passion to keep yourself young.
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