I've always been told I don't look my age. Mother nature has given me childlike skin and soft features. I should feel blessed but I've recently been reminded of the flip side.
Where I work, all year round there is a steady stream of work placement students, or stagiaires. They come as part of their studies and stay usually 6-12 weeks. It seems I've been lumped in with them and I frankly don't know how to get out of their gang.
I got belittled the other day when I asked at reception for something - she dialled the telephone and said that a student, I shook my head, oh, the stagiaire... she said.....I grimaced (I was with a stagiaire at the time, so I let it pass) needed this and that....
The same day another person used a voice that can only be described as patronising when I asked for a document from a another department for my boss that apparently didn't exist. I wanted it in English as all the others were that he wanted, but she told me that it didn't exist in English and that I should listen to instructions from my boss more carefully. I was less than impressed. If she'd turned to her colleague on my departure and said 'oooh, that stagiaire is sooo cute for getting it wrong' I would not have been surprised.
It's so important to me to be taken seriously at work but looking baby faced isn't helping at all. You will all probably say 'you'll be grateful for your youthful appearance when you turn 40', yea ok, but it's really not helping the here and now. I am not a stagiaire, I've just had my contact prolonged for two more months (hooray!) and I want to make a good impression all round.
What to do? Any ideas on looking older and more credible bar starting smoking for wrinkles? All ideas welcome.