A NEW study reveals how widespread ageism is against secretaries. The report, which comes from the Employers Forum on Age (EFA) and the Institute of Qualified Private Secretaries (IQPS), found that one in three have been rejected for jobs because of their age. Ninety one per cent believe they stand little chance of getting a new job once they are over 45. More surprising is that 35 per cent of those who have experienced age discrimination say they were thought to be too young. According to one respondent: "I was considered too young to hold the PA position being filled. I am 27, with seven years' experience." Jackie Grant, IQPS national chairman says: "A secretary's age seems to matter more than experience - whether it's because they're too old or too young." If you're in your thirties, make the most of it.