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What are some of the greatest challenges you face as Training and Development Leaders with 10 years or less in the field?

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2018

A few years ago I wrote an article on LinkedIn - Age vs. Expertise: Survival Tips for the Young Trainer  about the challenges I experienced being a young T and D professional. I'm looking to update the article with new challenges and solutions used by others in the field. 

Some things I'd like to delve into are:

  • Building your credibility within the organization
  • Gaining recognition as an expert in your field
  • Peronal experiences of ageism
  • Words of wisdom for any young professional walking into the Training and Development field

I'd love to hear your experiences and ideas on thriving in a field where age so often determines whether others deem you an expert.

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I am working in a facility, where in the next 10 years, 50% of the people will be retired; therefore, I believe it is imperative for me to find trainers who are willing to participate in some form of knowledge transfer. This usually is met with hesitation, or almost a sense of "protection" over their expertise/experience in the field. Thankfully there are a handful that recognize my potential and desire to be a better trainer. My advice is just to stay seeking out quality counsel, not quantity.
Hi Amaris,
I love the concept of quality vs quantity. This idea that helping someone else learner takes away from one’s own expertise couldn’t be further from the truth. Most thought leaders become such by sharing knowledge freely and genuinely.
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I can definitely give examples of ageism in the industry, including being passed over for a director level position (although I had been the acting director for 6 months, while they chose a replacement.) I was told "You look too young, and we are unsure that the other directors will respect you." I had given 4 years to the company, it was hurtful, but gave me the courage to branch out on my own.
Hi Tammy, thank you for sharing! It can be so challenging when you have the skills but are being judged by something as trivial as edge. I’ve always believe respect is earned and unrelated to age or title.
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