I am constantly amazed by companies claiming that they cannot recruit enough competent graduates (The Engineer, 6 March). The simple reason for this is because the majority of them are ageist.
I gave up working in a dead-end job at the age of 30 because I thought a degree would get me on the bottom rung of a career ladder. When I graduated with a 2:1 in electronic and electrical systems engineering I found that companies were not interested in recruiting me because they thought I was too old.
They want intelligent, articulate 20-somethings who they can mould and indoctrinate into their way of thinking, not intelligent, articulate and worldly-wise 30-somethings who – they believe – are cynical about everything.
We mature graduates have a lot – probably more – to offer than some of the youngsters. We can prove that we can hold down jobs, dress appropriately, and communicate effectively. What is more, we are keener to learn and undoubtedly more career minded.
Companies cannot get enough graduates because they are too narrow minded to consider that we older graduates have at least as much to offer as someone who is still wet behind the ears!