With my current job comes difficulties that I never thought that’d I’d have to face. I am 22 years old and I am 5 years younger then person closest to my age, everyone else is at least 10 years older than me. With being the youngest person there, especially being in my early 20’s, my knowledge, ideas, “work ethic” and general thoughts aren’t as easily accepted.
I find that when were in our meetings when I try to get my thoughts out there someone is either putting words into my mouth, changing the whole point of what I’m saying or they just try to talk over me. Just to get what I’m trying to help, do, or explain seems to take me longer than everyone else, finding that I have to over explain why I we should do it this way. Simple tasks of saving us a few extra steps to make the process quicker. My favorite responses are “With you being so young you can think (do) that.” Some people truly believe that I don’t do anything on my shift.
It’s like because I’m 22 I can’t possibly know anything or have a real idea.
As a general rule my age is made fun of everyday. It’s not fun, I understand that they aren’t doing it to hurt me but being called names everyday because I’m younger isn’t fun. Things like “baby”, “child”, “just a kid”, some call me “little girl”, classic stuff like “youngin”. They don’t discriminate against age as a company but that doesn’t mean it doest affect how everyone treats you.
For me to get ahead of these I have to work harder to become better almost like I’m proving that I know what I’m doing, and it can be done quick and correct. This is an all day everyday situation, I push out two to three patients to their one, because if I don’t then I’m not working. I’ve studied, practiced, learned and asked more questions than I can count just to know as much as I can. I don’t go running to my boss every time there is an issue I work it out myself, or ask someone who knows for help, if they can’t help me I go to my boss.
Fortunately I enjoy learning and I enjoy knowing that I am happy with who I am and what I’m doing. This situation is hard, annoying, exhausting, and just plain rude but I will continue to work hard with a smile on my face because that’s the best way through.