Ageism

Joseph and I were working together on an act of ageism, showing a 50 year old with lots of experience and a post-graduate applying for a lower class job. With all the experience he had he was still turned down due to his age.

What we did in the performanceJoseph* Started off in an particularly good mood* Entered the room showing confidence* Was being especially polite to the manager* Leant over the desk pursuing a handshake of his employer* Ignored some of the rude gestures Shown by his employer* Immediately passed forward his post-graduate certificate trying to Impress him* Maintained eye contact* (due to employer ignoring him) Tapping, coughing, scratching, and fidgeting, trying to grab his attention.* (after being ridiculed about his age) Raising his voice at the manager, immediately being told to get out.* Apologising to Manager once he had realised what he had done, but was still shown the door.Myself* Feet up on my desk reading a magazine.* Ignores handshake offered by applicant.* Snaps fingers and points applicant to his seat rudely.* Has not looked at the applicant since walking through the door.* Starts to clean and fiddle with Glasses.

* Just a single glance at the post-graduate* Clearly does not care about anyone apart from himself?* Maintained no eye contact throughout the entire interview* Although constantly cleaning his glasses during the interview, never actually putting them on.* On being told applicant was fifty immediately looks at the applicant, shocked on what he has just been told.* I was detrimental to the age of the applicant.* (Shouted at by applicant for mocking him) I quickly threw him out for his actions.End of InterviewThe reasons for doing these thingsJosephGood Mood-Joe obviously had to enter the room with a good attitude, it wouldn’t of been realistic if he did not.

You’re never going to get employed if you turn up to your interview with a bad attitude.Confidence-Same reason, If you turn up to your interview showing no confidence then it is very unlikely that you will be offered anything.Politeness-Being polite goes along way. It can often increase your chances of winning over the manager or employer.Leant over the desk pursuing a handshake of his employer-Doing this would show the you were interested in what you were doing and it is also rude not to.Ignored Managers rudeness-Joe did this to try keep his confidence levels up pursuing the Job which he really wanted.

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Post-Graduate- A Degree is one of the highest levels of qualification, And having one of these would highly increase your chances of getting that particular job.Eye contact-Eye contact is one of the most important things in an interview, if you do not keep this, it shows that you may not be that interested in what you were doing.Attention seeking-trying to get the employers interest and attention by fidgeting and making noises.Shouting-Shouting was due to being consistently attacked about his age.Apologising-After shouting, he realised what he had done quickly apologising for his actions. The manager did not accept his apologies and quickly threw him out.MyselfFeet up on desk-I did this to show that the manager was clearly comfortable with his job, still keeping his feet up after the applicant had entered showing that he was not threatened by his presence.Ignorant-I showed ignorance by the managers lack of respect to the applicant.

I did this by ignoring the offer of a handshake, consistently cleaning glasses and no eye contact throughout.Rudeness-On top of ignorance I was also rude by snapping my fingers and pointing the applicant to his seat.More Ignorance-Even though a Post-graduate is a noticeable achievement, ignoring the certificate, showing no interest in his feelings, his achievements and his life.More rudeness-On being told about his age, I was quick to mock and tease him about it. I was clearly self-involved.

Selfishness-When finally losing it on receiving constant torment, he was shown no forgiveness by the manager and was rapidly punished for his actions.My OpinionI thought our performance went quite well showing some humour in an awkward situation. I think Joe played his part well making his emotions clear. I feel we should have shown more on the ageism factor rather than humour. The class obviously enjoyed it but whether the content of our performance covered the depth of the topic is debatable.An Alternative PerformanceI am going to write about Shalyns and Melissa’s performance.

In this particular performance Melissa was applying for a job at Butlins. Having a job at Butlins would obviously not require a post-graduate, I thought this was quite clever because Melissa had clearly lowered her view to seeking employment. But was still not accepted at even these standards due to her age. Shaylin (employer) couldn’t believe her ears when Melissa pronounced her age. She had to ask her to repeat it three times.Melissa was trying to convince shaylin at even fifty she was still able to keep up with the long hours, energetic surroundings and young employees. Shaylin wasn’t having any of it. Shaylin rapidly changed the conversation and asked about Melissa’s family and whether it would be a problem for herself and her 16 year old daughter and 14 year old son.

It was a big problem as the rooms at Butlins were not big enough to inhabit Melissa and her family. This was another big problem for Melissa on top of her age problem. Melissa was not offered a job at butlins.My OpinionI thought the performance was quite clever showing her at fifty you will not be accepted into lively surroundings. I feel that Shaylin found it to easy to turn Melissa away, making the performance quite short.

If they would’ve of chosen a different career, keeping it on the lively side, then it may have been better.