Experts are not born. They come through learning, exercise, trial, and most of all: opportunity. According to my observation, often young professionals do not have the chance to sharpen and polish their skills, simply because everyone wants experienced experts. Instantly.
The older you are, the more experienced you become.
Thus, older people are fortunate in a way, which is fair of course. The more years of experience we own, it’s presumed the better professional we are, which in many cases means more value stamped in our “price-tag”. And after some time, we will earn the the expert title. Interestingly, I also observe how some humble experts who prefer to keep calling themselves as practitioner. They are my favorite.
One of the advantages of old age is that people respect you just because of your grey hair and say all manner of nice things about you that are not based on who you really are (Nelson Mandela, 19 July 1998)
Working with senior professionals is a luxury. They are the ones we can learn the most from. But working with the young ones is fun! And I’m always amazed seeing how these junior talents paving ways to become an expert. They are vibrant, fresh, and innovative. They are the ones we can copy the spirit and creativity from.