Age is sometimes not just a number. In many highly visible and high profile positions every passing day can feel like the career hour glass, status and stature slowly slipping away.
We tend to focus on the systematic industry issues as we look for answers. The industry practices that propelled us at 25 (we called it 'opportunity' then) are working against us at 55 (now it's discrimination). It's not new right? In 1989, a then nearly 40 yr old mother of three Jane Pauley was replaced with 30 yr old Deborah Norville.
Gender/age discrimination existed when we started our career and it's only slightly morphed over the past 30 yrs. It's still wrong and audience demand continues to perpetuate the practice.
There are 3 ways to minimize age in your career transition. Note the word 'minimize' not 'avoid' or 'eliminate'.
1. Self awareness of your value is critical. Those aren't wrinkles. That's valuable experience and brand equity.
2. Future opportunity comes from your fiscal maturity. You don't need the newest iPhone. You don't need commitments, you need flexibility. You need a plan for this day.
3. THE. MOST. IMPORTANT. If you can't tell your story, people don't hear your value, they see wrinkles.
Be Bold. Be Great. Be Timeless