Kayla Cruz discusses the topic of respect and age in this wonderful article. While I’m definitely not a Millenial, as someone blessed with a very immature face, I’ve similarly felt the lack of respect from others who simply assumed I am younger (and therefore, less experienced) than I am. (When others express surprise that I’m 42, I usually answer, “I’m very immature for my age, so it all works out.”). Kayla hits it out of the park with this article, though. It IS about respect, which is ageless.
I’m working on an exciting new project. It’s awesome, really, because I get to do something that I love.
I get to teach college students about leadership and about success at work.
Yes, I’m currently in the midst of trying to be productive…even though this is me on most days…
Alright… so in an effort to find the right topics to discuss and the right stories to share with these students, I’ve had to reflect a lot on my experiences in the workplace.
And well…that hasn’t been fun.
It hasn’t been fun because I’ve realized something.
I’ve realized that although there are a lot of things that I can teach these students, there’s no way that I can control the hardships that they’ll continue to face as young professionals.
There’s no way that I’ll be able to rid them of the label that they’ll often be given:
YOUNG & INEXPERIENCED.
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