Matt Z wrote:
Ordinarilly, I don't care much about what other people think. For example, I've never been one to cave to peer pressure. However there are times when perceptions are important. It pisses me off to think I might be passed over for a promotion or a new job because some baby-boomer thinks I'm just a kid.
Theo F**KING Epstein is all you need to know. He was hired as the GM, and partially responsible for 100 Million worth of payroll, at age 28. They win and he is a boy king, they lose and he is a boy fired. Either way, any way he will always be "kid."
If you honestly deserve a promotion, you'll get it regardless of your actual age.
I know in my profession if you don't have the grey hair and wrinkles, then you need a tie, jacket and sharp looking audit bag. You have to look like your boss with the grey hair pays you a lot, and you deserve that pay based on performance, even though you couldn't grow a beard for the life of you. Clients won't respect you unless you look, act, and most importantly KNOW the part. Normally if you show your intelligent and able to service him, even people with 3 commas in their bank account treat you like an adult, but still CALL you KID all day.
When ever my wife or I drop our son off at birthday parties and other child gatherings with his friends, there isn't anyone in the place that doesn't look down at us because we are so young. I notice when I pick him up in my suit & tie, this doesn't happen to the same degree.
I've had the same insecurities and it is a waste of your time & energy. When you deserve things, and truly work for them, and don't work in a crap-tastic conglomerate dump, you get them.
Like it's been said, don't stress your youth, enjoy it.
Sorry to bring an old tread back to life but…