/ Asked by Tanya
My religious beliefs required me to do a couple years of service before college, and this delayed my graduation. Is this something I should explain to an employer or is my age at graduation irrelevant?
Answered by Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Hi!
Your age at graduation is irrelevant.  What matters is what skills and experience you bring to the table.  Many people come into college at different points in their life whether the delay was service, military service, or financial, the main point is that you are graduating!  You may even be at an advantage over your peers if you had the opportunity to mature a year or two prior to starting college.
Good Luck!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
You are not required to explain this to a potential employer. Your age shouldn't be factored into your consideration for a position so employers shouldn't even ask this question. Your skills and experience are most important to a potential employer. You could even utilize your service trip toward your experience. I assume you learned valuable skills during this time that could translate well into your career.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Sunday, March 18, 2018
Your age at graduation is absolutely not relevant so no need for you to worry about addressing this as an issue. You can, if you feel comfortable, bring up your service if you feel you have gained any job-related knowledge and/or skills that might make you more marketable for the job you are applying for.

Best of luck!
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