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Older executives face challenges in the workplace—

2 May 2012—The self-marketing expected of young up-and-comers becomes even more crucial for older workers. “Make your strengths visible,” says Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, director of the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Of course, experience typically is a key asset. Tew says clients hire him because of his years of experience. They want his judgment in regulatory banking matters, something younger lawyers just aren’t able to provide — even with their handheld smartphones to look up answers. Pitt-Catsouphes says older workers tend to feel passionate about their jobs. “It’s OK to express that. That’s the strength they bring that counteracts the assumptions that they are one step toward retirement.”

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