Meanwhile, increasingly in this digital era, we are being perceived as over-the-hill. We are losing good jobs, contract assignments and shots at new business for our own enterprises.
Some career counselors told us to not talk about this. Instead we should position and package ourselves as faring well in this new order of things. After all, folks would blame us for "acting old" and then being treated as such by the world.
Well, more of us are finding that those well-meaning experts were wrong.
It does help us to get back on our feet by talking about "it." At least with trusted friends and colleagues who are also over-50.
The generations have settled into silos. Only once I made the mistake of confiding my problems with age bias to a Millennial. Of course, he perceived the devaluation of my worth in the marketplace as my own fault.
Recently, as I went about creating my professional networks in my new location - Austintown, Ohio - I have been blessed.
Three over-50s here trusted me enough to share their stories. On LinkedIn, several former colleagues also communicated freely with me. All that helped me sort through my own journey since 2003. In it there have been two "comebacks." Those experiences have inspired others.
Meanwhile, I have stepped out the isolation shame can impose on us. It is my mission to motivate other aging professionals to figure out how to earn a good living, no matter what year they had been born in.
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