Even in 2022, one might think we are past putting women into boxes; but that doesn't seem to be the case. As organizations move toward assessing hiring practices to reflect diversity and inclusion, we need to continue to change our inner narrative. This article will focus on the career myths that we have internally and externally that frame our mindset about working in management.
My First-Generation Professional Experience
As a first-gen Latinx professional, I have found my passion and purpose in my career and continue to find myself wanting more. Sometimes I get praise for my hard work, and sometimes I get commentary that makes me doubt wanting to take on more responsibility.
When navigating my career journey, I had to come to distinct pivotal moments that made me choose between my independence and my family's acceptance. I remember when I moved away from my family to go after a management position, it led to outrage.
My family saw me being alone without support systems and taking risks. This is the truth about what it feels like to chase your dreams as a first-generation professional.
"Taking a risk on a new job, even though I already had a stable career and 401k. But what if it didn't work? "
Handling Family vs. Work Expectations
As women chasing careers, it doesn't mean we don't value family. As we increase our work responsibilities, it doesn't mean that we are leaving behind our other responsibilities.
We can create the life we want to. We can strive for our deepest passions and prioritize what matters to us.
Make a plan that works for you.
Whenever you start to chase your dreams and the people around you fill you with self-doubt and insecurities, don't let them impact your goals. Sometimes we have to be the example for others around us to break glass ceilings and demonstrate that it can be done.
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Take the risk.
Make the move.
You don't need all the answers, just trust that you will find the solution.
and guess what! If you fall, you have enough experience and talent to land another opportunity.