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Older Applcnt Wanting to Chng Careers-Will Rcrtrs Discrimina [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2008, 11:21
Sorry for the butchered title..but I wanted to get it all in there

I think I have posted my situation here before. I got into a program with a scholarship last year..Katz..had to defer due to a medical issue. This year I reapplied and didn't get in..then I spoke with the Dean..and he said he could get me in and then I had the option of either going full or part time..I am still in the process....I then asked the Adcom why I didn't get in this year and she said last year it was based on QPA/GMAT..both pretty high for me..but this year they added placeability to the criteria..and she said they had concerns about me being placed in a finance position after graduation. since I have no prior finance experience. I am not sure if that was BS..but that is what she told me..I have been working in the insurance industry in a non-finance related position. I was not concerned about finding a job before she said that, but now I am. concerned and maybe overly worried..

I spoke with the Career Services department at the school today and asked her about my age and switching careers...I will be 30 in May..
She said recruiters can't legally discriminate against me because of age..but I think everyone knows that it can happen-they would just need to find something else on a resume and discrimination is hard to prove...

Would it be an uphill climb for me to switch careers at my age? Would recruiters be apprehensive about hiring an older applicant?
I am concerned about going into debt and not finding a job after two years..As I indicated above, maybe I am just overreacting..but I want to be sure I am on the right track.

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Re: Older Applcnt Wanting to Chng Careers-Will Rcrtrs Discrimina [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2008, 17:36
I'll be 30 at graduation, and I haven't seen any problems career switching -- then again, I'm not going for banking, so I might be wrong.... pelihu might be better positioned to comment.
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Re: Older Applcnt Wanting to Chng Careers-Will Rcrtrs Discrimina [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2008, 09:49
I didn't feel it at all. In fact, I can personally vouch that all of the big banks are happy to include older candidates on their closed interview lists. I can't think of a single bank that had any reservations about inviting older candidates to private events. I'll also say that of all the career-switchers interested in banking here this year, the two people that had the most success were me and a younger guy with a few years of experience in consulting. Naturally, people with prior banking experience had the advantage in many cases, but age was a non-factor as far as I could tell. I'd say that networking and schmoozing skills are 1000% more important than age. So I didn't observe age as a factor throughout the recruiting process, and once you get into the interview room, it's up to the individual to win the job offer.
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Re: Older Applcnt Wanting to Chng Careers-Will Rcrtrs Discrimina [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2008, 13:44
How do adcoms or recruiters even know a person's age?
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Re: Older Applcnt Wanting to Chng Careers-Will Rcrtrs Discrimina [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2008, 16:47
Undergrad year is normally a good guide that gives it away.
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Re: Older Applcnt Wanting to Chng Careers-Will Rcrtrs Discrimina [#permalink] New post 12 May 2008, 04:28
30 isn't old when the average matriculation is 28. I would think 30 is the primo age to be.

Do you think they discriminate against younger candidants who don't have as much experience? Say for instance graduating at 28?
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Re: Older Applcnt Wanting to Chng Careers-Will Rcrtrs Discrimina [#permalink] New post 13 May 2008, 08:50
Most MBA graduates are probably in the 28-32 age range anyway. So I don't think it's an issue. In Europe & UK, there are analysts in Investment Banking (IBD) who start out at 27 or so.
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