As one of the many “card-carrying Millennials” exploring new professional challenges during a pandemic, I must confess that having to deal with so much uncertainty has been a daunting and unpleasant experience.
On the other hand, I also realize that many businesses and organizations are having a tough time. Now facing lots of heightened economic tension that has led to budget cuts and team restructuring, alot of them have had to significantly cut back on new job offerings.
Job interviews? These are no longer easy to come by, which is why the memories from one of my job interview “failures”…
“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some weeks ago, I visited a friend with whom I used to play football with just before the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown regulations had come into place in 2020. Since the lockdown regulations in our city didn’t allow for outdoor gatherings or sporting activities during this period, it became physically impossible for us to engage in our common interest — playing football.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote the first part of this article. In that piece, I primarily reflected on my professional journey, career challenges, and shared my conviction that empathy and affirmative actions would be necessary to help provide the needed career opportunities to fresh graduates and young professionals struggling to find jobs amidst a global pandemic.
My position has not changed.
While I continue to believe so, I am also pondering if such expectations/actions alone could be sufficient? This is why I am writing a sequel, sharing three self-help tips and suggestions that I think many more fresh…
We all have at some point in our professional journey had similar experiences; searching for jobs, applying to several positions and getting only rejections letters/emails. I too have lived that experience and can tell that the feeling is not so great.
Now imagine yourself in the shoes of a fresh graduate or young professional with no relevant work experience, and now going through such struggles amidst a global pandemic?
Over the last couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to interact with some recently graduated students to discuss some of the challenges they are having to deal with while…
The last couple of weeks came along with some worthwhile experiences. Amid a global pandemic, it didn´t just present us with the opportunity to celebrate women internationally, but also shine more light and look into the necessary actions required to end the exclusion and marginalization of women and girls across the globe.
From historical data, we know that women have always been twice as likely than men to lose their jobs during a crisis situation. In its most recent Global Gender Gap Report 2021, the World Economic Forum estimates that across the world, women still remain concentrated in the lowest-paid…
Last year, I read a short story in the book “The Power of Alignment; How Great Companies Stay Centered and Accomplish Extraordinary Things” by George Labovitz and Victor Rosansky. It was a story about a poor but very religious man who everyday prayed to his God saying:
“Lord, please let me win the lottery.”
For a long time, he never won the lottery. But towards the end of his life, he decided to change his prayer and asked:
“Lord, what must I do to win the lottery?”
It was at this point that the clouds opened up and the voice…
It is the end of the year, and I am again reflecting some more on my life journey. Like for most people, 2020 was a really challenging year — coping with the COVID-19 outbreak amidst job uncertainties and adapting to new ways of working. At some point, I really began to question some of my career choices, and was asking myself;
How did you end up in the communications field in the first place? Wouldnt it have been safer if you had studied to become a Doctor, a Lawyer, or an Engineer?
As I pondered on these thoughts, I recognised…
Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.
~ Andres Tapia
As a young black male working in a large corporate organization where I am part of the minority group, diversity and inclusion (D&I) is not only relevant to my everyday work-life but form an important part of my professional experience.
Over the last couple of years, I have been quite fortunate to have had several private conversations around the topic, especially with close associates working in different organizations. And as it turns out, my experiences have not been unique as there are many others like myself who…
A couple of weeks ago, a former colleague invited me to a local bar in Munich, Germany for some evening drinks. For several months now, in our bid to adhere to the local corona regulations and guidelines, we had for a long time denied ourselves such an opportunity to physically meet and interact outside our households. So, when this offer came calling, I just couldn’t resist.
At the bar, was me, our host and two other gentlemen. One was a new guest who was joining us for the first time. Although ethnically German, he had grown up in the UK…
It was just about a year ago when I for the first time, heard the term “The Black Tax”. I actually stumbled upon the expression in a video interview between Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey, which I have also shared below in this article.
After watching that video, I immediately began to reflect some more on my experience as an African in the diaspora — thinking more deeply about the broader implications of this phrase on the African Diaspora Community. And in this article, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the subject.
“People of African origin living…
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