The Invisible Value Of Experience

Who knew that experience could, does and will work against older employees? Studies show that senior staff are being laid off, in part, due to age. At the same time, many older job applicants are being turned away or turned down because they are seen as ‘too old’ and behind the times. Age and experience are made an issue rather than an opportunity.

In the 1984 U.S. Presidential election, age was presented as an issue. Ronald Reagan was in his 70s. His opponent, Walter Mondale, in his 50s. A win for Reagan would make him the oldest elected President in U.S. history.

But, in what would be the defining moment of the election, the topic quickly became a non-issue with Reagan’s response to a debate question of age. Reagan said, "I will not make age an issue,” adding,

"I am not going to exploit, for political purposes,

my opponent's youth and inexperience.”

There is a value to age and experience. A value that experts cannot accurately measure but it's there. It is an innate ability, something that comes with time and through lived experiences. And, it is often taken for g