304 Is 45 the new old age in the workplace?

Speech Materals

<> on March 3, 2011 in New York City.

At what age are you washed up? Maybe earlier than you think.

There’s been no shortage of press about how older workers face discrimination in the workplace. In 2012, researchers at Clemson University showed that 30 percent of people over age 53 faced some kind of discrimination due to their age. Companies still advertise for “young-thinking” employees. In the U.K., a third of folks in their 50s and older say they face some kind of age-related problem everywhere, from bad restaurant service to discourtesy in public.

But you don’t have to wait until your 50s to be washed up. According to the University of Technology, Sydney, adults age 45 who lose a job may never find another.

I – Word Understanding
washed up – no longer popular or needed
press – news

II – Have Your Say
1. Unemployed older workers, stay that way far longer than their younger counterparts. Western cultures like Australia don’t value older folks and hold a number of detrimental, and false, stereotypes,
2. What will you do if you are retired early?
* look for a new job
* start own business
* pursue other interests / hobbies
* travel
* volunteer work
* become a teacher / tutor
* spend time with family

304 Is 45 the new old age in the workplace?

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