Suggestion, read the article New approaches needed to tackle labour market discrimination against minorities in Europe.
Then reflect. Have you ever felt at some point or are you feeling like Emmanuelle?
« Similar qualifications, similar experiences, same access? »
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Read the article "New approaches needed to tackle labour market #discrimination against minorities in Europe"… Emmanuelle: " Like many of her classmates, Emmanuelle struggled to find a job after graduating from a university in Belgium. She didn't think much of it at first. She knew going into her studies that jobs were scant. But when friends started being hired left and right, doubts slowly settled in… 'Am I not finding a job because the industry is over saturated? Because I don't have the competencies? Or because i'm black?' Then, one day, she and a friend applied for the same job at a #Brussels nonprofit. They had similar qualifications and similar levels of experience. But the friend was contacted by the NGO that same hour and eventually hired, while Emmanuelle never heard back from them. 'That was really the moment when I said: OK, there's a problem here.' Her 18-month job search caused her to develop anxiety and low self-esteem…" If you are dealing with this in your job search and believe you're talented, you are not alone to experience this. It's a phase and wishing you to find the right situation and function to advance your career. Like Emmanuelle, is your self-esteem going down? Do you have somebody to talk to in Belgium without judging you, your efforts? If not, you can ring our bell. #Ubuntu Believe. Talent has no race! Greetings from Brussels, Gregory #Africandescent #Afropean #African #Talent #Glassceiling #EqualOpportunity #SkillsBasedHiring #Ethnostratification #RaceTalk
If you passed this stage, what have you learned about organisations / companies? And about yourself?
If you are dealing with a lengthy your job search like Emmanuelle did and you believe that you’re talented, keep in mind that you are not alone to experience this. It’s a phase and wishing you to find the right situation and function to advance your career. Hang in there!!! Find ways to push through and stay positive.
Is your self-esteem going down? Do you have somebody to talk to in Belgium without judging you, your efforts?
If not, drop me a message or connect and let’s go from there.
« African proverb: Where you sit when you are old shows where you stood when you were young. »
Grégory Luaba Déome
Contributing to more inclusive workplaces
More from me on Ethnostratification and Talent Advancement:
Born in Congo, I am committed to developing more inclusive workplaces. My passion is to enable others to achieve their potential and to advance equity in corporate Brussels.
About eight years ago, a friend told me something like « in my company, they consider me as a high potential. I participated to the annual event of our industry, 500 people – la crème de la crème – and I was the only non-white in the room. A journalist even came to me and discreetly asked « what about upward mobility »? The problem is that in our industry, the majority of the workers at the bottom of the pyramid are non-whites. The higher you go in the hierarchy, the whiter it becomes. »
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