Like many young people in this country I am constantly frustrated when I see wonderful job vacancies which I feel, I will give an amazing performance and I think I will apply only to find out that the Job requires me to have 10 years experience. Ten years ago, I was still in high school and add four years of University, I am left with less than 3 years experience. The question then comes, does this job require a bald head? School going children? or any of those things that come with being old? I don’t think so, the job is being a program manager, human resource officer, Administrator etc, and how exactly is age a factor there?
A number of people say to me that organizations require maturity, makes sense right? WRONG! You see growing old is compulsory but growing up is optional, This simply means that maturity is not a function of age.Being of a certain age does not automatically mean, you have a higher level of maturity. A person ‘s age is not really an indicator of the diligence they will bring to a job, heck in this age of rapid advancement of technology the young people actually have better skills at handling the current status quo. Who would you trust with your life, a sixteen year old who drives a manual vehicle everyday for long distances or a 30 year old who has been driving an automatic vehicle for the past fifteen years from his home to an office 5 kilometers away? See skill is more important than age. Voting trends reveal how young people who are able to read and interrogate policies offered by different candidates vote more wisely than some old people who have no access to all candidates but only listen to one candidate. The most important thing is the challenges you overcome in life not the years you have. One might be sixteen and travel and volunteer while one might be fifty and still lives in the same village.
We should begin to consider experience as something that comes from developing skills, improving your intelligence, and mindset, and not something that just sort of…happens after being alive for a while.If you want concrete proof of your growth, don’t wait, but keep pushing, knock doors, travel, learn, perharps, just perhaps, HR executives will start seeing the skills, open mindedness, vibrancy and energy instead of checking for our birth date.