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  • Writer's pictureColette 't Hart

Redefining Tech Vibes: Age in the Workplace is Just a Playlist, Not a Skill Set

Updated: Feb 22

In the dynamic world of tech, there's a fresh beat that plays on loop: innovation, disruption, and adaptability. Yet, amid the electrifying rhythm of progress, there's an off-key note that many in the industry have turned a blind ear to—ageism. As Millennials and Gen Z take the tech stage, there's a myth echoing in the corridors of startups and tech giants alike: that youth alone holds the monopoly on innovation. But let's remix that notion. Older professionals have been curating the tech playlist since its inception, continually updating their skills and grooving to every change. Let's dive deep into the value of experience and why age is just a number in the playlist of innovation.

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Why are some tech companies vibing on this young-only mindset?

"Stay Updated" Myth: They think younger peeps catch on to tech trends faster. But guess what? Older pros have been on the tech roller coaster since the '80s. They've adapted, evolved, and been part of every tech twist and turn.

Saving Those $$: Hiring fresh grads might look like a budget-friendly move since they often come with a lower price tag.

"Chill" Culture: Some startups are all about that youthful energy and mistakenly think that's the only way to innovate.

"Outdated" Stereotype: There's this wild idea that if you've got a few grey hairs, you might be living in the tech Stone Age. But tech wisdom isn't about knowing the latest meme; it's about deep understanding and diverse experiences.

Why are my Millennial and GenZ buddies buying into this?

Bubble Trouble: If your squad at work is all young, you're missing out on seeing the magic older teammates bring.

Insta Influence: If our feed is filled with young tech influencers and no seasoned vets, perceptions get kinda warped.

Here's How We Change the Game:

Shoutout to the OGs: Let's hype up the stories of seasoned pros killing it in tech.

Swipe Right for Mentorship: Think of it like Tinder for skills. Young or old, we all got game, and we can learn from each other.

Age Doesn't Define Skill Level: Let's push for opportunities to level up, no matter the age.

Diversity = Strength: Next time there's a hiring meetup, make sure the crew represents all ages, backgrounds, and vibes.

Educate to Elevate: Let's get everyone on board against ageism. Maybe a TikTok challenge?

Notes for the Tech Veterans:

Been There, Done That: You’ve been leveling up since floppy disks. Own it. Celebrate it.

Old School Meets New School: Sure, GenZ is all about the DMs, but remember those connections you made back in the day? They’re golden.

Spill the Tea: If you feel the age vibe in an interview, call it out. Flex that experience and let them know what they'd be missing without you.

Age ain't nothing but a number. Let's shift the narrative and vibe on skills and experiences. Diversity = richer solutions, so let's champion it! 🚀🌟

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