Indonesian Age Discrimination

Oh yeah, it’s very real.

This topic always bothers me… especially in Indonesia. When I see future employers posting job ads such as:

Food and beverage manager wanted, should be between the ages of 22-25.


Spg girl wanted, must be a friendly, presentable, outgoing fresh graduate in marketing between the ages of 22-25.

These are some examples, but the point is. In Indonesia, it is very difficult to find a job do anyone nearly 40 years old.

Older? Good luck

If one is nearing 35 or close to 50, they are considered quite old. So why are these employees trying to hire fresh young graduates with zero experience?

Cheap, trainable labor maybe? Maybe, but at the same time, they know very little about real life and real experience.

Ah the no experience, no job scenario. Yes of course the crux of it all is that the best scenario would be the combination of the two. But this is rarely the case. A new young employee would benefit from a well-trained older one. So why is this not being done? Who the hell knows.

The young people.

Having met amazing fresh young graduates, I know they need guidance. On my Instagram and TikTok, I have had many young students reach out to me and ask…

Do you have any job for me?

What guidance can you give a 22-year-old male in Jakarta?

I am in marketing, but I cannot find a job, what business can I start in my 20s?

These are normal and basic questions. While I do not have a solution… one idea that comes up is…

Why don’t we pair small businesses with young graduates? It’s a win-win for both, it is mutually beneficial and we can create a symbiotic relationship between the two.

There are millions of small businesses and millions of fresh graduates. If there were a program between the Indonesian government and universities, the future for many could be much brighter. Instead of segregating old and new, experience and inexperience, we could put the past and future together and create a beneficial relationship for both.


Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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