Now here's the real scoop...
According to a September 2012 report from the Pew Charitable Trust, it's not true that older folks are taking jobs away from younger workers, primarily because older workers' jobs require more experience and knowledge than younger workers'. In essence, younger employees wouldn't qualify for our jobs until they gain those extra skills & experience, which will take years.
Now, the big finish... Over the longer term younger workers actually tend to gain jobs thanks to older workers. From 1977 to 2011, the report finds, a 1% increase in employment among workers age 55 to 64 was associated with a 2% increase in the employment rate for 25-to-54-year-olds, and a 2.1% increase for workers age 20 to 24. Who knew?!
So kids, stop protesting and start preparing. When the time comes that we do retire, make sure you have the skills to take over, in the industries we'll vacate. In the meantime, you're in fact simply competing with each other.
And my fellow Boomers: pass this on to any young person you know who believes the media hype that their unemployment woes are our doing.
Next week: Tips on how to bridge the generation gap at work.
You have been officially alerted.