Ageism forcing you into freelancing?

Freelancers UnionIt can’t be a coincidence that on April 21, the same day Laurel Black’s post, Too Old To Be A Designer? went up, our partner, the Freelancers Union, posted on the exact same topic, “What’s Age Got to Do with It?

Laurel’s is a first person account rooted in questions about her future, while theirs complements with statistics and facts about what’s really happening out there in the world.  Here’s an excerpt:

More than any other age group, older workers have remained unemployed for ninety-nine weeks or more, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and one in every three seniors earn less than $22,000 a year, according to the National Council on Aging. You’d think older workers would be valued for their experience, but some prospective employers can be skeptical about an older worker’s technical skills.

Read the rest here.…and keep the comments coming, here and on the Freelancers Union Blog.

2 thoughts on “Ageism forcing you into freelancing?

  1. Issa @ Ajeva

    Freelancing… gives you the freedom to do work, wherever you are – no matter who you are or what you do ( and that includes age ). I despise discrimination of all forms and sadly, the traditional work system we call ’employment’ puts a lot of emphasis on age. Whether it has something to do with retirement benefits or not, people must be given the chance to work while they can. Unlike machines that fails by age, our bodies may wither…but our wisdom shall not falter.