Dr Edmund Lam has hit the nail on the head (“Age no barrier to working in knowledge economy”; last Friday).
Are seniors only suitable for these jobs?
One does not need to be young and strong to work in the knowledge industry.
I am a case in point.
To support my family, I had no choice but to go into sales during my younger days. However, I have been passionate about information technology for about 30 years.
My first personal computer was the XT. Since then, I have assembled my own computers. I have also taken all the Microsoft courses in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. In addition, I have taught myself scripting languages and am creating my own website.
Sad to say, after I hit my 50s, employers would tell me I was “too old” each time I applied for an administrative job. Instead, I would be offered posts in the security or cleaning industry.
Is this the way to treat experienced and capable senior citizens?
Wong Hoh Teng