I'm 32 years old, but am getting very frustrated because whenever I speak to recruiters/agents, they seem to make assumptions about me based on my age.
In particular, I'm used to working with people older than myself, and get frustrated when the agents/recruiters I speak to try and group me together with what I can only describe as immature kids. I'm not into working until 10pm every night then going out on the lash until 2am, nor do I consider hanging around outside a pub for Friday night drinks a 'perk'. I work hard to get a job done, but being expected to live the lifestyle of kids +/- 5 years my own age is getting me down.
Additionally, I'm working at principal consultant level, yet almost every recruitment agent I speak to tries to hoodwink me into a senior consultant role, having made assumptions about my age. I went to one interview, and felt like I should have been interviewing them (in all fairness, they were reasonably professional, but obviously couldn't see the wood for the trees and thought they knew substantially more about what they were doing for a living than they actually did). What can I do to break out of this situation? I'm guessing it may just require an adjustment on my part, but it's very frustrating.