Examples of how age-based assumptions vary by profession
“When I was a newly qualified social worker and in my early 20’s. I experienced colleagues who doubted my ability to do my job, assuming I had limited life experience. Service users also reacted in the same way and often preferred to deal with older workers.
My husband has also experienced ageism in trying to get a training contract and employment in the law, a profession that prefers people in their 20’s. This is a known fact and even some firms allude to preferring younger applicants on their websites.
[This is ageism because] both instances made assumptions about our abilities/capabilities based on a generalised notion of age.
[This made me feel] frustrated, angry, foolish, and disheartened. It has made me less likely to equate age with experience necessarily and also I feel frustrated with society for limiting the chances of older people in the workplace”