Jennifer Tice's Blog

Discrimination of Another Kind

Posted on: April 15, 2010

So it’s now week three of living in Surfer’s Paradise and still no job prospects.  I am considering selling my soul at this point to work for a telemarketing company, more to come on that development.  Today I think I have found the source of my lack of job prospects  – outright age discrimination.

25 is the new 65

25 is the new 65

I rang up to answer an ad in the Gold Coast Bulletin for a retail stores associate and after a few general questions she asked me, “How old are you?”  I answered truthfully, 25 years of age, and with that I got a stuttered reply of, “well we are really looking for someone more junior.”  This is probably the 3rd or 4th time I have been directly asked my age from various managers.  Just asking this question to a potential applicant is grounds for an unethical hiring lawsuit, never mind actually admitting to me that I am too old for the job.

And since when is 25 too old to work in a retail store? Am I no longer in touch with the teen segment of society? Am I aging before my time? I find this shocking since most people I know think I look much younger than my age.  Yes I have an education and real life work experience, but I would honestly be truly happy folding t-shirts part-time while I am travelling. I guess it won’t be long now till my seniors discount kicks in.

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1 Response to "Discrimination of Another Kind"

You’d get an idea of why they ask this question by understanding the “Award Wage” system in Australia which is based on age and job type. It’s not so much the employer who is at fault, rather it is potentially the system. At 25 you’d make significantly more working retail there than you will in Canada, but this just makes you too expensive for the employer.

Enjoy Australia, it’s amazing and if you can make it to the West, head north in winter and south in summer.

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