We invite Black professionals in various industries around the world to anonymously share their experiences living and working while Black. Even in the same industry, with the same position, even at the same company, every experience is unique. Be motivated and inspired by real people at various stages of their lives and career.
HR Manager / Executive Assistant In London
What is your gender?
Where do you live? (Country and City)
What is your job title?
HR Manager/Executive Assistant
What industry do you work in?
What would be the first 2 or 3 sentences in a biography about you?
I am a HR generalist, recruitment specialist and Executive Assistant within Financial Services.
Describe the area where you live.
What are your standout experiences, living while Black in your neighbourhood?
What situations in your daily life remind you of your skin colour?
At university in the dance department I faced prejudices but I have seldom encountered racism. I have experienced more ‘Colorism’ within the black community.
Describe 2 or 3 key events that helped you reach this stage in your career.
I got a break very early on after 3 months after graduating I was employed as a PA to a British celebrity. Also I became a recruitment consultant after walking into a temp agency they took me on immediately and I gained great knowledge in sales and marketing that has influenced me and opened many doors for me.
In what ways does being Black affect your job?
None in my current position. But in some companies it can hold you back. Due to peoples misconceptions of race and their inherent prejudices.
What are your frequent irritations around work and your career?
What are your key tips to someone Black attempting a similar career?
Don’t think about race. I am not conscious of race and I have found this liberating. I just get on with the job at hand and do not let colour or race define me.
What are your future goals and ambitions?
To be the mother of the UK prime minster to guide and nourish her to fulfil her potential.
What is your personal definition of success?
Whatever you have achieved thus far, be appreciative of it, and build on it from there.