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weekly pill of mid-career growth wisdom Feb 09, 2024

Do you dare to apply for opportunities despite feeling too old or too young for the role?
Back in the early days of my career, I stumbled upon an entry-level position that struck a chord with my aspirations.
It was an internship, and although they were seeking a student in the third or fourth year, I found myself only in my first year, first term.

Doubts crept in, and I questioned whether I should even apply.
I lacked the work experience they desired, and the qualifications seemed like a laundry list of superhero skills.
But here's the thing – and it's a lesson I want to impart to you – companies often seek superheroes for specific roles, packing the job description with numerous requirements.
It's not uncommon to feel like you lack every single skill they ask for.
But I challenge you to give it a shot anyway!

I did just that; I went ahead and applied, even though I didn't tick all the boxes and felt inadequate.
Because when your heart is set on a company or a role that aligns perfectly with your vision and potential, don't let doubts hold you back.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a chance.
Remember, qualifications and experience can be important, but they are not the only factors that define your worth or what you can bring to the table.

In this ever-changing job landscape, we often encounter two contrasting hurdles – feeling too old or too young to work.
Age should never be a barrier to your dreams.
Whether you're starting your career journey or looking for new horizons later in life, there's a perfect fit for you.

To those who feel they might be considered too young, let me remind you that fresh perspectives and unwavering determination can be invaluable assets. Embrace your youthfulness and the unique insights it brings.
Showcase your hunger to learn and grow, and employers will see the potential in you.

On the other hand, if you feel like you might be considered too old for certain opportunities, remember that experience carries immense wisdom.
Your journey has equipped you with a wealth of knowledge that cannot be replicated.
Embrace your experience and highlight the invaluable lessons it has bestowed upon you.

Age is just a number; what truly matters is your passion, drive, and commitment to excel.
So, if you find that dream company or that perfect role, don't let anything hold you back.
Embrace your uniqueness and apply with confidence, knowing that your potential shines brighter than any qualifications or age bracket.

I encourage you to defy age barriers and seize every opportunity that resonates with your heart.
Remember, your journey is your own, and every step you take, regardless of your age, will lead you closer to your aspirations.
Take on the challenges, rise above doubts, and watch as you carve a remarkable path toward a bright and rewarding future.

Let's rock.

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