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.
IT Manager In Folkstone
What is your gender?
Where do you live? (Country and City)
What is your job title?
What industry do you work in?
Oil and gas
What would be the first 2 or 3 sentences in a biography about you?
Born in Africa. Raised in Africa.
Describe the area where you live.
What are your standout experiences, living while Black in your neighbourhood?
Usual suspect, usual stare outs but that is all ok.
What situations in your daily life remind you of your skin colour?
Making eye contact with whoever.
Describe 2 or 3 key events that helped you reach this stage in your career.
It all started with the way I was raised, the motto was work, work, and work. Another key one is when I discovered personal development about ten years ago.
In what ways does being Black affect your job?
In every single way, many are simply not familiar or accepting a black person at this position.
What are your frequent irritations around work and your career?
Don’t complain, condemn or criticize. I don’t pay attention to irritations.
What are your key tips to someone Black attempting a similar career?
Know your craft. Be genuinely interested in people. Never stop learning.
What are your future goals and ambitions?
Develop my own ideas via entrepreneurship.
What is your personal definition of success?
Success for me is reaching the goals I set ahead. It is never a finish line more like a temporary state.