LaVolta - Recruitment for the Digital Age

A question of age.

Something that has come up a number of times so thought I would pose the question -- As our working lives change - ie more virtual, working more flexible hours etc - do you think that age will matter or will the focus be purely on outcome and not who or how old the person is that undertakes the task?

Robert Wong
One of the big factors will be desire of people to continue to reinvent themselves. If you enjoy working ( as opposed to coasting) and are prepared and excited by the need to change/upgrade/re-focus your job roles as things change - age is less of an issue. If you can demonstrate know-how capability for now job requirements you'll remain valuable. You can't expect the skills and experience you've had for years to be enough to keep you employable or rely on the company to keep you up to date. Employees will increasingly have to take responsibility for keeping themselves "attractive to an employer/s". Which may mean that employees need to factor into their personal budgets constant and ongoing work skills development. Unfortunately, there is little employer and employee loyalty we can rely on in our disrupted digital world.

Anthony J James [AJ]
Chief Innovation Officer, DDB Group Asia Pacific - Marketing, Digital Solutions, Advertising
Sally Mills great question - sad but true, work is universal (unless you won the Lottery...and even then...) but the question you pose raises the how, why, where and when questions more than any time in recent history and cannot be more open to individual interpretation. The past has been replaced by ambiguity, questions and that steady stream of technology innovation. No matter what your age, the crucial question we all face is the impact on the individual and the organisations we work for. Work has always been one of the most defining aspects of our lives. Its where we meet our friends and in some cases life-long partners - its also where we can feel most creative and innovative. its also where we can feel frustrated, taken for granted and totally under-valued. Many ways of working that have been taken for granted in the past 20 years or so and disappearing at light speed - especially in your game...working for one company, 9-to-5, taking weekends off, working at a desk we go to every single day. Whats is being replaced with is ambiguity and far less understandable. Future working lives cannot be extrapolated from the past. What is inevitable is that for the young generation today, my 2 children, working lives will change dramatically, and those of us working today will be employed in ways that we cannot even imagine. No matter what the age its how the individual can "shift" thinking and approach, and continue to delivery the outcomes. To stay connected in an increasing world were standing out with mastery and skills, but also be part of the collective of other skilful individuals who together create value. In the past success was achieved through personal drive and ambition - in the future it will be achieved through the subtle but highly-valued combination of connectivity + mastery + high-value networks + combined competencies and outlooks. This is the combination that where the big ideas and innovation explodes. This combination works if you are 19 or 90! 

Sally Mills.
I  absolutely agree age should be irrelevant - what's most important is staying relevant.