Dear White People, we want to be accepted into the work force just as much as you do after completing undergrad.
If you’ve seen the controversial Netflix series Dear White People, we all can nod in agreement of the micro-aggressions and outright racist acts black and brown people confront.
This isn’t just on a campus of a PWI, this can be felt during water cooler talk at the new office.
The transition from undergrad to the corporate world is not an easy one. Being accustomed to the same routine for four years and struggling to pass mediocre classes – that have nothing to do with your major is the norm. Now you’re being thrown into a world of work at the crack of dawn, salaries, and meshing well with your co workers who don’t look and know nothing about you.
Here’s a few of the things you may encounter when starting your life as an adult, and slowly leaving your habits of undergrad behind.
1. The Awkward Welcoming Messages From Co-Workers:
Yeah. At first you’ll definitely be welcomed by almost all of your co-workers and it’ll seem like smooth sailing. But an awkward moment will arise when they’re challenged with pronouncing your name that’s on your newly furnished desk and not understanding the meaning behind it. But don’t sweat it. Coming from an environment that is less diverse, they may indeed not know how to go about saying your name.
Take a moment to relax and keep your cool, not every mess up is meant to be a purposeful insult.
2. Being Grouped With Every Black Worker At Your Job:
This is a common and tragic mistake that almost every black person has encountered within the workforce. Although WE all know every black person doesn’t think, feel and move the same, it’s much easier for our bosses to think otherwise. You may be asked to help a co-worker who looks like you for the simple fact that your boss feels you can somehow secretly relate to them more.
Use this as fuel. Prove to yourself that you can help and assist others in any task you’re assigned to, and show your boss that you’re different from other employees – standing out to do more than just blend in and take orders.
3. Being Hired for the Job, But Not Being Trusted to Work To Your Fullest Potential:
I know. What’s the point of being hired for a position, but when you arrive to work you’re being asked to handle menial tasks that have nothing to do with your job description. This is not necessarily an issue that has to do with race, but can be geared towards attending undergrad at a University that isn’t ranked as high as others. Don’t sweat it, propose a business plan and start your own tasks on the side. This not only lets your boss know that you’re qualified for your position but that you are capable of taking the backseat until your time has come by starting your own side hustle.
With this being said, Dear White People, we would love to be treated as normal as other employees. We aren’t that much different from all of you and our work place shouldn’t feel awkward to go to everyday. But with this being said, black people we have to roll with the punches and adjust to the difference in thinking when entering the corporate world.