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12 things to never say to older and younger coworkers


To an Older Coworker: “You’re going back to school?”

Contrary to popular belief, higher education isn’t just for twenty-something-year-olds. With the economy in decline, more and more older health care workers are choosing to go back to school to get a competitive advantage.

Getting nursing certifications, completing continuing education units and finishing up bachelor’s or master’s degrees can set a candidate apart amidst a large pool of job applicants. And in this competitive job market, standing out is more important than ever.

So it’s not that crazy that your older coworker is going back to nursing school. In fact, it’s actually a really smart decision. If you want to, you could even compliment them for having the great idea and initiative, and strike up a conversation about what they plan to do after they go back.

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