Retirement often doesn't play out the way we intended. There has been a standing trend of non-retirees planning on retiring earlier than they're actually able to in the end. The average age of retirement right now is 62, although the average age of expected retirement is 66. But, what causes some workers to retire earlier than others? In a perfect world, we would retire because we could afford to do so, but unfortunately, other factors like stress or physical or health limitations are more often the cause.
Age may be a state of mind, but in many industries it could be the reason you're not getting the call for an interview. Discrimination based on age is illegal, but sadly, it exists. In many cases, it is factored in even at the resume shortlisting phase. Sometimes, years of experience don't exactly work in the favor of the applicant. So how do you prove your capability for the job? While it is difficult predict the outcome of an actual interview, here are a few tips to help you spruce up your resume, to at least land the initial interview call.
When people think of employment discrimination, they often think of discrimination based on race, gender, or disability. But age discrimination is very real. On the federal level, these claims are covered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or ADEA. Indeed, ADEA claims continue to rise every year, and many think this will be the main form of employment discrimination in the future.
With kids toddling around around with iPads and an entire generation raised on social media, it's commonly accepted that technology is mastered by the young. So it should come as no surprise to find out that the median age in the tech industry is young. Very young. And also, very male.
Does productivity decline with age? A recent study suggests otherwise, claiming today's generation is actually earning less and not as likely to obtain as many academic credentials as workers older than 60. Boy, how times have changed.