Look deep within yourself to define your values and your vision of success. Then, use this as a guide. Otherwise, people will define these things for you. Then align yourself with individuals who will support, challenge, and inspire you to reach those goals.
“The most important lesson I learned in my career is to focus on my strengths much more than trying to tackle everyone of my weaknesses. By relying on my core strengths and finding opportunities to maximize them, I have been able to accelerate promotions and secure highly coveted roles and assignments.”
Have fun and enjoy this moment! Find yourself so that you can stand in your truth and bring your authentic self to the office. Your confidence will shine through in your work, but don’t be afraid to be your own advocate. Build your network and develop relationships with those around you - they will be great and so will YOU!
Enjoy college, it moves faster than you think. Develop and strengthen a concrete skill. Take a risk and apply for an internship in a new state. Prioritize developing meaningful personal and professional relationships - you will cross paths again! Lastly, learn more about yourself and be who you are, so you can grow that confidence - you’re worth it!
"I have to regularly exceed expectations in order to “prove” myself, while counterparts, who are not persons of color or who are not in the minority, sometimes don’t even meet the expectation, but still succeed in the work environment. Having to work twice as hard to get ½ as far is a real thing...but I’m still in the race because I refuse to let anyone else write my narrative but ME!”
“Early in my career, I envisioned what it meant to be a Black woman in corporate spaces - how I should speak, think, roles I should take. I used so much mental energy in filtering my ideas through a corporate filter that I think I hindered my potential because I was not authentically me. I was being who I thought I needed to be.”
I’ve learned to not be afraid to reach out to my mentors. In the beginning of my career, I was worried about wasting their time or bugging them because good mentors tend to be busy people. But I’ve learned that it’s OK to ask for a coffee break to talk about an issue or a lunch when it's something that will require more time/attention.