The field of education has long been stereotyped as a field dominated by women.I have gone against the stereotype and chosen a career in education. Since graduatingcollege I have worked at several universities and taught at the high school level. At eachstop I was surrounded professionally by women coworkers. Hoping to survive in thisfield will require the appropriate forms of gender communication. As I creep into middle aged I have been lucky enough to climb the corporateladder and find myself in a position of influence and responsibility in my current role.One of the first things I notice when taking on my new, more high profile job was that mypeer group has changed. I was no longer working side by side recent graduates onprojects. Instead I have found myself hiring those recent graduates and working withcoworker in their sixties on projects. This change in peer group has forced me to thinkabout how I will communicate in the work place. My hope is that this class sheds somelight on the upcoming challenges I may face as I work to get things accomplished withthe group above and below my age bracket. I am currently in the middle and needing toensure more than ever that I can clearly communicate with all ages.When examining my identity I classify myself as a middle aged, white,heterosexual, male that comes from an educated, somewhat wealthy background in anisolated community in the northeast. According to society I have had everything given tome and most likely have not been alienated at any point in my life. I recognize that Ihave been a member of the majority in most areas of life. I feel lucky and blessed to behaving what is perceived as societal advantages. Opportunities and access have givenme a true advantage in many areas of life such as employment, housing and education.