Ageism is sabotaging your own future. It can transform into a discriminatory practice. We need to have an honest conversation about it for the sake of every generation’s livelihood.

Does a more mature person lack technical expertise? It’s true that we weren’t born into the information age. However, we grew into it as it emerged. Many of us are more adept at learning software than younger generations. Why would you even doubt that? The characteristics of innovative thinking, needing challenge, an entrepreneurial spirit and an inquisitive mind don’t die at a certain age. If you believe that, when will these characteristics die in you?

If you are excited about challenge and learning when you’re 35, you will be when you’re 65. You’ll be capable of it, too.

Do you fear an older person won’t be around for long? A more mature person has just as much probability of staying with the job as a younger person. Probably more because we finally know what we face in seeking employment at an older age. We are in an era when employees are very transient, anyway.

And let me plant this into your brain: Hiring a qualified older person is thinking outside the box. How does that grab your innovative mind?

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Staying relevant and active, continuing to work and be valuable for as long as you can without any impediments is an important goal.

Aging is inevitable, but the stereotypes don’t have to be. Ageism is sabotaging your own future.