There was a lot of trying to make myself seen and respected in white spaces. I even took pay cuts to be in the industry of my desire. Finally with hard work and speaking up for myself, I finally have my dream job.
Sometimes your work doesn't speak for itself or is not enough when you're a Black female in a white space. It's important to not only advocate for yourself but find allies that will also advocate for you.
Networking and making genuine connections is key in your professional growth.
Getting the salary and title of my worth
Once I started enjoying the work I was doing and it didn't actually feel like work, I knew I was in the right field.
In 2019, I started the first Black Employee Resource Group at my company.
I did a lot of praying. I made a promise to myself to never be unhappy with the work i'm doing again, no matter how much it paid. My happiness was worth more than a paycheck and I was determined to find a purposeful position.
Imposter syndrome is real! I always remind myself that the other side of fear, is success. If you're feeling scared, it means you're supposed to be doing it. Remember exactly who you are and what you bring to the table.