Yes, the President of the United States is black. But humans being what they are, equal opportunity will always be something we’re chasing and never quite catch. No matter how liberated, we’re all saddled with prejudices and stereotypes that form against our will. We’re creatures who learn to survive and thrive by categorizing. It’s a fact of life.
So, if you are a woman or black or brown or any color other than white, chances are you’re going to bump up against people in power with preconceptions about what you’re capable of. Do you know what the powerful white guys are watching for? Do you know how ambitious women, black, Hispanic and other professionals have succeeded against the odds? How they handled the challenge? If there is somewhere you want to go in life, your odds of getting there will go way up if you know the answers to these questions.
Here, we interview minority professionals who developed street smarts for swimming against the tide – to go where they wanted. Learn from them! It won’t be easy – discrimination causes deep and emotional reactions. But, for most of us, it’s not helpful or even enough to just ‘be yourself’.
We have to learn what works, and replace what comes naturally with what works in the real world. Many, have done this and you can too!
If you’re looking for a job that’s in alignment with who you are, that has personal significance and moves your heart, you’re on the right track! This is what makes a life work. Nothing else will make as bearable the crap storms you’ll encounter in any job. But most importantly, when you find the right career for you, your job will energize you and you’ll do your job with passion.
If you are searching, our career interviews may shed some light on your path. These true career stories will help you see under the covers of many professions, so put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see how it feels to you:
“Despite my disability, I knew that I could do something with my writing abilities. I also believed that dreams can come true.”
“I feel like a heart surgeon, working every day on broken hearts. They are bleeding and they have huge gaping holes in them and I get to help mend the broken-hearted.”
“I spent three years of my life in a business skirt and went home each night wondering what difference I was making. That’s when I decided to come back into the Military and deploy to Iraq.”