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Youngest of the team ... always !
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I am 23 years old and I am always the youngest project manager in the company. What advice can anyone give on how to be heard more and not looked over??
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Be patient and help others.
Develop a capability nobody yet wants to excel in (be ahead in time).
Be good at what you do but also spend time looking ahead.
Listen and learn. Be courageous. Act ethically.
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1 reply by Bob Thomas
Jul 18, 2019 10:23 AM
Bob Thomas
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Excellent advice!

Volunteer to take on any tasks and get them done. You'll become the person people turn to when they need help. And when the time comes that you need help, others will pitch in.
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Janique -

Ageism is an unfortunate reality for both young and old. I was in a similar situation to you when I first started working, having graduated two years early. While I did manage to put my foot in my mouth more times than I would have liked in those early years, I was also able to bring higher levels of energy and enthusiasm to my work than many around me.

Focus on the strengths you can bring and demonstrate those - once stakeholders see your skills in action, they will be less likely to focus on your age. I would also double-down on Thomas's advice to actively listen - if there's one lesson I would teach my younger self, it would be that one!

Kiron
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Yes. Above are valuable advices and important. Adding to the above, one of the key point from practical perspective and where you can have a good visibility is project reporting and presenting. When you present your project to your manager or seniors in front of many other managers, you can show your creativity by understanding specific info requirements of your manager or the stakeholders. Most managers will tend to overlook this point after they get comfortable with project, processes and their managers. So you will get noticed and that's the starting point to gain attention and not to be taken lightly.
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Just adding few ....develop good communication strategy vertically as well as horizontally.
Identify Risk and try to mitigate.
Adaptability, this is about adjusting with environment to overcome the challenges that come along with the project.
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Seems like just yesterday I felt the same thing you are. Three pieces of advice for you: (1) Always strive for excellence -- that's a ticket to the game. (2) Find and embrace trusted mentors who can help you navigate your environment. (3) Identify decision-makers who believe in you and will advocate for you. Always remember that employment is NOT a meritocracy and excellence will only take you so far -- be cognizant of the ageism, sexism, and racism built into all institutions. Good luck!!
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1 reply by Janique Fuller
Jul 06, 2019 10:25 AM
Janique Fuller
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Unfortunately I get hit with all three (ageism, sexism, and racism) !
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Jul 06, 2019 10:01 AM
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Seems like just yesterday I felt the same thing you are. Three pieces of advice for you: (1) Always strive for excellence -- that's a ticket to the game. (2) Find and embrace trusted mentors who can help you navigate your environment. (3) Identify decision-makers who believe in you and will advocate for you. Always remember that employment is NOT a meritocracy and excellence will only take you so far -- be cognizant of the ageism, sexism, and racism built into all institutions. Good luck!!
Unfortunately I get hit with all three (ageism, sexism, and racism) !
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2 replies by Derrick Richardson and Eric Simms
Jul 08, 2019 11:43 AM
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I suggest you track down Black female executives through professional organizations like the ones listed here (https://diversitymbamagazine.com/about/pro...organization/), or even reaching out to them blindly on Linkedin. Any Black woman who has managed the reach the executive ranks will know EXACTLY what you're facing, and will be able to give you good, practical advice. The rest of us can only give you good generalities.
Jul 10, 2019 10:33 AM
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Great advice from Eric!
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There's no magic solution; you'll have to prove yourself to a lot of older people because of your age. But don't worry, you'll eventually have to prove yourself to a lot of younger people because of your age.
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2 replies by Bob Thomas and Derrick Richardson
Jul 10, 2019 10:35 AM
Derrick Richardson
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Agree with Wade that there are no short cuts. You can't "microwave" experience, and we all have to pay our dues.
Jul 18, 2019 10:25 AM
Bob Thomas
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That's funny, and true!
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Jul 06, 2019 10:25 AM
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Unfortunately I get hit with all three (ageism, sexism, and racism) !
I suggest you track down Black female executives through professional organizations like the ones listed here (https://diversitymbamagazine.com/about/pro...organization/), or even reaching out to them blindly on Linkedin. Any Black woman who has managed the reach the executive ranks will know EXACTLY what you're facing, and will be able to give you good, practical advice. The rest of us can only give you good generalities.
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Make your younger age work for you: be genuinally interested in what "older" people are saying to you. Often, people of advanced age simply want to be recognized as having life experience. Just say thank you for sharing.
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Hello Janique: What you bring to the table will quickly replace your young age in their eyes. It may take a little time, but your efforts, willingness and professionalism will outshine your age. How great that as you go through the years you will gain so much more knowledge and experience because you are starting in this industry so young!
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