Gil Mildar
As the song says, a Latin American with no money in his pocket.

Ageism, my battle

Woven into the intricate tapestry of my life, I find myself crafting a dilemma that resonates like a distant echo through the corridors of time. Much like seasoned reservists on Israeli soil, where maturity transforms into a precious asset within the defense ranks, adding a touch of quality and responsibility to operations, my life’s baggage should stand as a solid fortress in the vast battlefield of the job market. However, a sly and inscrutable shadow emerges from the depths of this universe: ageism.

This deeply rooted prejudice, entwined in the very arteries of the job market, relegates wisdom to a dark corner as if it were an unwanted burden. It’s a contradiction that invites reflection, for while maturity and experience are revered on battlefields, they can be underestimated in corporate corridors. There, experience is sometimes viewed as a threat to innovation, and opportunities often seem buried beneath a thick layer of unwarranted skepticism.

Every day, as I tread the arduous path in search of employment, I confront the relentless current of ageism, waging a constant battle against the disbelief that sees age as an inevitable decline rather than a precious repository of life experiences and profound wisdom. With each job interview and subsequent rejection, I feel the wound inflicted by this prejudice, a wound that deepens the pain of unrecognized worth.

In this challenging journey, my quest extends beyond the mere attainment of a job; it is a plea for recognizing the immeasurable value of experience. I aspire to a job market that, akin to the armed forces, understands that knowledge acquired over time is an invaluable treasure, not an obstacle to progress.

Therefore, I press on, assuming the role of a resilient warrior who navigates fearlessly through a minefield of stereotypes. I carry with me an unwavering hope that one day, the wisdom accumulated over the years will be esteemed in corporate corridors, just as it is on the front lines of defense. I believe that age will not be seen as a sign of obsolescence but as a map outlining victorious strategies.

The battle against ageism is, undoubtedly, a strenuous endeavor, but it is also a vital one. It is a sincere call for companies to open their doors to the richness of experience that individuals like me bring. It is a battle fought not only on my behalf but on behalf of all those who accumulate years of stories, lessons, and achievements.

In the end, what I yearn for is simple: a job market that recognizes that wrinkles are the marks of a rich life story, that each silver hair is a link to wisdom, and that each year lived is a lesson in resilience and innovation. May experience be celebrated not as a relic of the past but as a compass guiding us toward a brighter and more promising future. Even since I moved to Israel in 2016, I have been aiding Israeli companies in conquering the Latin American market. Each year, the battle against ageism becomes more urgent in a market that increasingly favors inexperienced youth to handle day-to-day challenges.

About the Author
As a Brazilian, Jewish, and humanist writer, I embody a rich cultural blend that influences my worldview and actions. Six years ago, I made the significant decision to move to Israel, a journey that not only connects me to my ancestral roots but also positions me as an active participant in an ongoing dialogue between the past, present, and future. My Latin American heritage and life in Israel have instilled a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice. Through my writing, I delve into themes of authoritarianism, memory, and resistance, aiming not just to reflect on history but to actively contribute to the shaping of a more just and equitable future. My work is an invitation for reflection and action, aspiring to advance human dignity above all.
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