You may assume that communication challenges between different generations can be a hindrance to your business activities. Put that negativity away! Remember that you have valuable experience to share, and young professionals are most likely eager for your guidance about their future career ambitions.
There are many platforms outside your regular business hours to generate conversation with younger peers. Are you a member of an industry association? Are you aware that there are many, many local meet-ups around every topic you can imagine?
In these meetings, there are bound to be attendees of all ages. Don’t shy away from opening up dialogue. The younger generation are often searching for your knowledge and expertise. And you can bring many valuable attributes, positivity, and thought-provoking conversation points to help them advance their career.
Provide positive encouragement and the assertion that the right job is out there for everyone. Keep that in mind for yourself as well, and remember that your age is an asset in your job search, not a hindrance.
Avoid the stigma attached to ageism. In today’s economy, where talent is starting to get short in many sectors, sharing your knowledge and attributes can bring value to all.
Stay informed and in tune
To enrich your conversations with peers of any age, keep up to date with news from your industry. Read trade magazines and blogs, LinkedIn Pulse, and posts and discussions from the people in your social networks.
Being active on social media is also a powerful way to connect with younger professionals and show that your technical skills are up to date.
Google Alerts is another tool you can use to track trending topics for your industry, and bring commonality between the generations.
So put aside any awkward feelings or uncertainty, and embrace opportunities to network with younger colleagues. After all, without generational and cultural diversity, we would be in a sorry position for career advancement and business operations.