Organizations and employers have always linked the extent of experience of a person to the number of years he has worked or lived. This paper blends research with experience in an effort to understand the effect of age on experience. It links neurology, behavioral science, and psychology in an explanatory research to be able to answer the following question: If two project managers (10 years and 15 years job "experience") with similar backgrounds are applying for a job, should we pick the older by default? The effect of age on experience has been mistakenly magnified in job places. Experience is the reflection of a strong knowledge base which is a system that consists of the devise, being the brain, and the processes, being one’s intelligence quotient, behaviour, memory, and maturity. A stronger knowledge base implies a more profound ability to conceptualize and process experiences and produce thought. Talented people utilize age to strengthen their knowledge base and become experts. The age of a person inversely correlates with the devise and some processes by nature. In this paper, the effect of age on the processes and devise has been explained favouring the concept of knowledge base in identifying potential experts. This has been done through revising and evaluating existing research in light of different studies and experiences from the workplace. Recommendations for future research were made in an attempt to unfold opinions related to such a controversial issue.
|Keywords:||Age and Experience, Knowledge Base and Experience, Age and Knowledge Base|
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