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Would you work for someone younger?

April 20, 2008

You’re 32 and you receive a job offer. The salary being offered is slightly higher than your current salary. The job prospect is promising. And you will be reporting to a 22-year old chap, 10 years your junior, who you learn is also the chairman’s son. He was present during the interview and in fact he reminds you of your younger brother who’s of the same age. Would you say yes?

If you turn down the job, why?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2008 10:15 pm

    The only reason I can think of turning the job that promising is ego. If I was 32, given under the circumstances whereby the 22 year-old chap respects you as an asset to the company (after all you have ten years of experience more than him), maintains a professional relationship with you and you are happy. I find no reason why should the job be turned down.

  2. Damien permalink*
    April 20, 2008 10:26 pm

    Age seems to have stereotypical implications in Malaysia, probably more than in the west. You’re right, ego has a lot to do with it, and maybe also the fear of a young driver running the bus into the ditch. But again that may be an unfair generalization.

  3. April 21, 2008 12:19 am

    You can use that ‘my eating salt is more than your eating rice’ line sometimes. That’s an advantage. But use it with a pinch of salt…

  4. Damien permalink*
    April 21, 2008 8:59 am

    My question would be whether age alone is a sufficient yardstick for wisdom or an indicator of success. It can go either way IMO.

  5. April 21, 2008 11:50 pm

    Wisdom won’t come with age if it’s seed doesn’t exist in the first place, or isn’t nurtured along the way. There are folks who just get old but never get any wiser.

  6. Damien permalink*
    April 22, 2008 8:41 pm

    I agree. The tug of war between seniority and meritocracy can be quite visible in places like Singapore…

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