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5 Things To Keep In Mind If You’re The Oldest On The Job

By: Juliana Norton
Jun 30, 2020 • 4 min read

No Longer The Newbie?

If you’ve noticed your coworkers aren’t close to your age, that’s totally okay! Trust that you are a valuable asset to whoever you’re working for, and as long as you keep your performance up, you have nothing to worry about. If anything, this makes for a fun and exciting experience. Surrounding yourself with different people of varying skill sets and abilities is actually one of the best ways to learn new things. Dive into this experience and gain everything you can out of it! Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re the oldest. 

You Always Have More To Learn

This is something relatively basic that many employees neglect to follow through on. We all still need reality checks sometimes. No matter how long you’re in your line of work or a particular field, you don’t know everything. These new people may come in have innovative ideas that could completely change the game. It’s essential to listen to them and give them the same respect you’d provide for your other colleagues. If someone doesn’t feel accepted, they aren’t going to be themselves. Individuality should be praised in the workplace, and you, someone older who they look up to, have the responsibility of maintaining that ideology. 

Keep Your Mind and Body Active

Work can be utterly exhausting and draining. Understandably so, it is incredibly tempting to go home and sit on the couch for the rest of your night. We’re not saying don’t ever do this, but it is a great idea to spice things up. Maybe take a short nap when you get home, then go for a walk around your neighborhood or read an exciting book. Find something that gets you thinking of moving so you’re able to keep up with (or get ahead of) everyone else. Not only will you see improvements at work, but your days won’t feel as short. Being the oldest at a company, you’ll need to find ways to spice things up. Waking up, going to work and doing the same thing the next day is never fun. Personal improvement is necessary! 

Don’t Accept Anything Less Than You Deserve

This applies to everyone, no matter their age or where they are in their career. Sometimes when you’re the oldest or the youngest at work, you may experience ageism. If you see this happening, point it out immediately. Some examples of this are that you aren’t presented with continuing education opportunities like your younger colleagues, your younger colleagues are presented with a raise even though you’ve done the same work, age-related offensive jokes/comments, and many others.  

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Continue To Strive For Raises

Just because you’re older, don’t ever think you’re done moving up the ladder in your career. Even if you’re comfortable where you are, strive to do better! Before you know it, you’re in a rut, and people expect you to deal with whatever is thrown at you. Move up the food chain and receive the extra compensation. Keep in mind that retirement sometimes consists of the average of the best three years of work. Why not try to get the best year yet? Take overtime, say yes to new projects, attend company outings, or learning/social events, so you can expand your knowledge and pay. Mental health is always the most important, so remember not to sacrifice it when accepting new opportunities. 

Don’t Be Afraid To Switch Things Up

This plays into a few things we’ve already mentioned. If you’re unhappy with where you are at your company, within your field, or anything else, change it! It’s never too late to try something new, even if you are the oldest on the job. Perhaps you’ll love it and find your calling. Ask your supervisor for different and varying responsibilities, so you learn new skills. Don’t be afraid to switch to a different department. Starting fresh does not equal starting over, and it certainly doesn’t mean your salary will be knocked. Obviously, everything depends on your particular employer, but never neglect to pursue new possibilities.

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