So We’re Thinking of Hiring an 11 Year Old for Managing App Creation, Development, and Launch

July 23rd, 2012 04:39pm CDT by Tamara Schaad

No, not really. But we just had to write a response blog post, because we’re laughing so hard at the recent article here by Cathryn Sloane.

If you are looking for a non-sarcastic response to that article, read this by Kat French.

You have to understand that I am not someone to talk about “age” with. Sure, I fit her description as “under 25” (only for a little longer, though), but in no way would I want to be sole manager of social media for a company, or companies. Some of that is my personality (I don’t handle negative criticism well, in my opinion), but just thinking of being the voice of a company and managing the company’s voice across social medias is overwhelming to someone still experiencing the business world. I participate in social media, and I certainly do social media for RevBuilders as well as some of our clients as I find the opportunity, but I do not manage the social media. What do I know of businesses that have been in existence for longer than I have been in the work field, or for some, longer than I’ve been alive?

On top of this, “age” just doesn’t sit with me as requirements for what you can and cannot do (outside of driving, drinking, etc. – I’m leaving those arguments alone). I’ve got a book series on my hand started at the “young age of <25,” but I have yet to have a college degree at the “old age of almost 25.” I have met children who have acted wiser and older than their years, and people who you know visually look like adults but act like they are still preteens.

So, now on to our logic:
According to her argument, an eleven to seventeen year old will be the BEST app creators, builders, and managers once they reach adulthood. I mean, they truly are immersed in the app world during their middle school and high school years, right? So RevBuilders is going to start looking for app-creators now from those that maybe have a class or two in computer coding, or are thinking about starting it. Or, rather, we’ll make them managers of app creations! Surely they will make up for the lack of experience and knowledge in marketing and business by their sheer familiarity with apps!

…Maybe not.

Rather, I think what Cathryn Sloane should have taken the angle of is that there is a certain familiarity with these generations of technology that should be considered, and there is a benefit to having someone familiar with the technologies and programs on a certain level, and that these kinds of people can contribute to things such as social marketing (or app-creation), especially if the company they are working with does not contain members that are very familiar with social marketing (or app-creation).

However, this does not “entitle” (I hate this word) us or them or future generations or former generations to certain positions or the lack thereof. In her defense, I can understand the frustration of feeling qualified for a job but not meeting experience requirements. Yet simply stating that she should get the job because of the generation she was luckily born into with no control on her own does not sit with me. Being familiar with a program is called a “skill,” and being “skilled with social media programs” does not mean you are skilled to be a Social Media Manager necessarily.

There is also something a little assuming about her article, in that us under 25-ers are social media gurus. This simply isn’t true. I know many over 25-ers that are highly proficient and comfortable with social medias, while I myself avoided Facebook for a long time. In fact, my husband didn’t have a Facebook account until he was required for college. Also, some people can’t or couldn’t afford having a computer, having (limitless) internet, and nowadays, can’t or couldn’t afford a smart phone or premium i-product to practice on. Does that mean they/we are automatically entitled because of their/our age or resources, or automatically disqualified because of their/my age or resources? Please answer no.

Anyhow, I’m done with my sarcastic rant, and making up for lack of post last Friday. Please enjoy the rest of your Monday, knowing that your age does not dictate what you can and cannot do in terms of the workforce. Skills you have acquired, yes, work ethics, yes, experience, yes, but certainly not age except in extreme cases (such as being an adult versus a child).

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3 Responses to “ So We’re Thinking of Hiring an 11 Year Old for Managing App Creation, Development, and Launch ”

  1. KatFrench says:

    Thanks for linking to the post, Tamara. I agree, age is a silly criteria for almost any job. I also like the distinction you make between “being skilled using social media programs” and “being skilled at social media management.”

    And I think that your generation will get as sick of “entitled” as mine got of “slacker”… ;-)

  2. Tamara Schaad says:

    Hi Kat, thank you! Your article was very well put together, so I figured I could give the sarcastic rant response. I suppose there will always be unpleasant generation-labels that some of us really dislike. Glad to know there are others who try to avoid those labels!

  3. Push says:

    I think Ms. Sloane, the author of the <25 post, ends up coming off exactly like #7 on this list: