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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Is Age Discrimination Inevitable?

From the New York Times

"To Get a Job in Your 50's, Maintain Friendships in Your 40's

Editor's Note: This article does not argue the existence of age discrimination - job seekers over 50 were unemployed 5.8 weeks longer than those from the ages of 30 to 49. The author suggests that when you have a job, you should keep your skills up-to-date and your networks strong since both shrink as we grow older and age discrimination is inevitable.
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"As people age, they also tend to stay in the same job longer, consistent with a pattern of wanting to put down roots. During that time, the skills people have learned and the job search strategies they once used may become outdated---especially as technology evolves ever more quickly.

The cure for these drawbacks is fairly straightforward. Once you hit your early 40s, even if you are not looking for a job, work to learn new skills and stretch yourself, Professor Wanberg said. Also, keep your networks strong by staying in touch with former colleagues and classmates, along with current co-workers and clients whom you don't regularly, she said."



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