|I remember being in college and being told that sometimes companies appreciate new hires who lack experience, because sometimes "the way things have been done" isn't always great, and new blood brings new ideas and new approaches to solving problems. This was especially comforting to a young person who was about to enter the workforce with little to no experience.
Now that I'm on the other side of the equation, I sort of feel exactly the opposite. Sure, new people bring new approaches and new skillsets. And maybe that makes me feel threatened in some way because I'm older. But I've really developed an appreciation, especially in recent years, for knowing and learning "the way things have been done" because that's literally the foundation of the entire profession. Just because things used to be done a certain way doesn't mean they need to be done that way in the future. But at least knowing how they were done can inform you either that they can be done that way or that they should be done that way. The most valuable resource for large organizations with years of experience is wisdom. A new person can come in and have all sorts of crazy, exciting ideas, and that's great. But wisdom says, "Yeah we tried that years ago; here's why it didn't work." #business