I interviewed today for a new role, walked into the building, and thought the managers looked a little young. The two managers I would be reporting to are 24 and 27...I am in my late 30s, and I don't know if I can handle working for people 10 years or more younger than I am. How do people manage to work for people with so little life experience?

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It’s a little shallow to judge them by the age. I would suggest seeing how they act and respond to your questions during the interview to determine if it’s a right fit for you. Just like no one wants to be judged by the color of their skin or being too old for a job, you’re judging them because you think they are too young.

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Bill Gates was 23 when he started Microsoft. Steve Jobs was 21. Sergei Brin was 25. Mark Zuckerberg 19. The list goes on and on. Silly to judge people by age. Evaluate the merit of their ideas and work ethic

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Keep an open mind and don't take things personally. And keep reminding yourself that you’ve got bills to pay.

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It depends what you’re looking for in a leader. If you need a career mentor then maybe the younger leaders won’t be for you. But if you’re looking for a SME or just a good people leader, don’t hesitate because of age. You’d be shocked at how well young people lead, I find them much more accommodating and open minded than older leaders.

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The most valuable advice I’ve seen in this thread. It’s so true that it depends on what you’re looking for in a leader and where you’re at in your career.

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I think about it as what knowledge do they have of the job, and that everyone everywhere knows something i don't regardless of age.

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Frankly, a 24 y/o has not experienced enough life to truly lead / manage themselves, let alone another adult. That’s a red flag on the company. I wouldn’t consider either of those situations to be somewhere that will enable your growth.

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Experience isn't about age. It's about their EXPERIENCES in their career. I know people that have done more in 2 years than others have done in 10. That's not to say there isn't a correlation between age and likelihood of being a good leader, but it isn't the primary factor.

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I agree I’ll take a person that has only been with the company for two years and has top numbers on my team rather than someone who has been with a company for 10 and does the bare minimum.

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You can actually bring deep experience and leadership I wouldn’t be surprised if you get thrusted up faster as you can lead the leaders. If it’s a good culture, you have to make sure of that first before joining.

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You can’t go off age. There are plenty of managers that I worked for that seem too old to be managing people so that is also an issue.

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Was a manager in my 20’s managing a team of 40 and 50 year olds. Am in my 50’s now and hire 20 year olds. I worked for a 30-something CEO while in my 50’s. Get used to it.

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That’s a old school way of thinking lol. Companies don’t think like that anymore. It’s not like they are the CEO lol.

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Age is just a number

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I had a bad young manager. No work ethic and was given the position. I left.

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I agree

Yeah that’s the thing. I eventually want to be in leadership and management,but I want it to be in the right culture. I have almost a decade of sales experience and I’m still young as well. It’s just it seems like the only way to get hired in to leadership is if you already have experience.

If they are young but have had the necessary experience (e.g. worked at one or more startups that have given them a ton of experience), they are probably fine. If they haven't had that kind of career then they must have an open mind that someone older actually may know more about a subject than they do. If they don't have that open mind then it is only a matter of time before they make a major mistake and a train wreck will happen. I mean, what do you tell a insufficiently experienced 27 year old high level manager that he is wrong because you spent 10 years in your specialty and the whole industry knows that something will or won't work?

I agree cfo

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