There is a phrase that ‘older’ people use a lot – usually when they have been turned down for a job or missed out on a potential opportunity: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!”
Essentially this means that people or companies help out their mates rather than offer the opportunity (fairly) to anyone who wants it. It suggests that even if you are more qualified, or better suited, than the other person, they will gain the opportunity because they are connected with the person offering the position.
It is a fact of life that this happens, but rather than feel sorry for yourself you need make sure that YOU are are the person that is offered the job, and you can do this by building your networks.
HOW TO BUILD YOUR NETWORKS
There are a number of ways you can do this. Once you have set your DESTINATION and you are clear on the type of job or career you want, you can start top build a network around it. The might involve making relevant connections on LinkedIn, following people on Twitter or attending industry events like conferences or exhibitions.
In each example the objective is to get your name in front of relevant people so that when you want to apply for work experience or a job, you are already known to the person making the recruitment decisions.