How to overcome job discrimination?
JK Scheinberg, retired in 2008 and at 54 was turned down by Apple store for a job - He worked at Apple for 21 years and is credited with showing Steve Jobs the wisdom of transferring the Mac to Intel processors
" .. t's a young person's -- and, too often, young man's -- business, so Apple stores also give the impression of the brains appearing to be young and therefore vibrant. .. But is it true that customers just want their machines fixed? -- and quickly? They surely don't care who does it, how or how old they are?
There is no easy answer to overcoming it. Ageism is unfortunately very real and highly detrimental to our society on a variety of levels. It's painful to read or hear about some of the personal stories. So many older folks are just as vibrant, skilled, and talented as their job competition (if not more so). So many of these people need the income and need the interaction yet, are denied for the absolute most silly of reasons.
I noticed a long time ago when the first Apple store came to my area that everyone was around the same age no matter what time of day or week I went in or simply passed by it. I thought that was odd but after a while I saw this is their culture. I don't want to support that, I'll be old one day too!
The brilliance of the young and the twenty somethings has created the Dot Com bubble, and the Real Estate Bubble. Both of these schemes broke the age of rule of making investments conservative and only if they make sense.
Both of these rules were broken, and the big benefactors were the creators of these scams.
Yet, we still think people over 40 are too old to do anything useful.
A young Bill Gates and a young Steve Jobs started their quest for success, power, and built the Microsoft and Apple giants of today, on using the creations of other people, and in the case of Apple actually stealing their software platform from Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
Bill Gates didn't create DOS he got it from an existing company. He followed it up with bad designs, and implementations that were frequent but flawed. Up to Windows ten you could still hack the system because of its heritage still being found in the new versions of software.
My point is that we think of these two as technological geniuses, but they are really business scammers. They worked their magic because they were young and the technology was also young.
Today we have Facebook, Twitter, Smart phone apps, and the rest of the social engineering mechanisms. While these devices and programs do have some value the young people have no idea of what they are giving up in exchange for them. They have sacrificed their safety and their privacy while not caring about having them controlled to protect them.
It seems like every generation in the US gets less smarter while the technology around them does get smarter. But the problem is that it takes smarter people to control the technology. Much like Fire when it is uncontrolled, it is damaging and even fatal.
The young can invent, but the older should be used to control and protect. What happened to the old, 40+ when they could have protected us from the dot com and real estate bubble. Anyone with any experience would have known these two business devices were more Ponzi than useful.
Every bubble has a short life cycle, and the experienced people should have known it.
Especially the old farts in congress and the presidency?
They sort of ruin my argument for the benefits of age.
Only in the public sector, and the highest ranks of the private sector is ageism protected, for the rest age is a disability without real teeth in the protection.
Race and gender have been the focus, while age discrimination ramps up undefended.
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Here goes that old paradigm again that old brains aren't as sharp as young brains. C'mon, now this is the 21st century. People are working longer & retiring less. With more older people in the workplace, this old paradigm is slowly becoming obsolete. There are older people who are extremely sharp & know the technicalities of their jobs. There are even older people who are quite inventive & think outside of that box. It is an atavistically inane stereotype that older people aren't as sharp as young people.
In fact, many employers value older people because of the latter's vast work knowledge. They contend that they don't have to really supervise these employees as much as they would younger employees. They also maintain that older people have an unsurpassed work ethic while many young people have an entitlement attitude towards work. Old is no longer equivalent to slow, senile, or stuck in the past. There are many older people who are active, engage, passionate, & aware.
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