The next time a client asks how old you are, do this.
Even though I was communications manager, I’d still get asked to fill up the water jug when I was setting up for the meeting I was running.
I would joke and smile when people assumed my age and therefore, my experience and competency.
But I’d be fuming inside.
That’s why when I left my 9-5 job five years ago, I decided to call people out for their ageist comments.
Now when I’m asked how old I am, I don’t answer, and instead ask them their age and wait patiently for their reply.
80% of the time the convo ends with an apology.
And even if it doesn’t, I never receive an age-based question from them again.
Ageism against millennials is a thing. If you’ve experienced it, know you’re not alone.
In the latest ep of the i made a thing podcast, we talk about what it’s like to be a young businesswoman.
Topics discussed in this episode:
What is the difference between age, experience and wisdom?
How relevant is age?
Do you need to have 10 years of experience before you are entitled to start a business? What about a family? Living overseas?
How do you deal when someone asks, “how old are you?”
Should you make yourself seem older? Or broadcast your age on your business platforms?
Can you use your age to your advantage?
Resources discussed in this episode:
Rachel shares why millennials are experiencing discrimination in the workforce
The long-term effects of millennial bashing
Stop talking about my generation: the problem of ageism at work
Will millennials be the next protected class?
Nearly 28% of millennial women plan to start a business
What is wisdom?
What are your rights as a freelancer?
Independent Contractors Act (for those of you who love a bit of light reading *jokes*)
Listen below or head to iTunes or Spotify.