I've noticed that a lot of people don't put their graduation year for university on LinkedIn. I think this is because there's a strong fear in the tech world of being seen as old and out of date. I myself am wondering if I should remove my graduation year from LinkedIn. I graduated in 2018 and am aiming to break into FAANG.
I feel like as time goes on, it becomes more and more compelling to get rid of the year.
Eagerly awaiting people's thoughts.
Are you going to strip all years of employment, duration of employment, etc?
I get it, age discrimination is real, but people are going to work out your old if you’ve been working professionally for more than 5-10 years.
I think it’s irrelevant, I’d tell people to take it off resumes, but… hm… if people want to know they’ll work it out.
Yeah, this feels like one of those hacks that doesn't really accomplish anything and over-indexes on what toxic employers want. It seems strange to leave it out, and if people want to find out, they'll find out.
Let's say you have the following scenario:
This would be a huge loss all around, so I don't recommend it. It's much better to just be transparent and have these horrible, discriminatory companies self-select themselves out of your life.
For what it's worth, I don't think age discrimination is a huge deal at FAANG. These companies were founded 15+ years ago at this point - A ton of talent there is now "old" by Silicon Valley standards.
If you haven't already, I recommend checking out this thread where I left incredibly detailed thoughts about age discrimination in tech and its effect on Big Tech.
I have different take from Lee or Alex: unless there's a benefit to you, you should not include graduation year. For example:
I kind of view this as getting a PIP, or being an expectant parent. Unless there's a benefit to volunteering that information, you should not.
There are times when displaying your grad year could help you, for example, if you're applying for new grad roles, or you're part of some cohort-based program.