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For Brothers: Shortchanged: Navigating Your Career Path as a BIPOC Community Member

Lamar is a 28-year-old Black man of Caribbean descent who recently completed grad school. He is the first person in his family to obtain a master’s degree and he knows he has made his mother and younger brother very proud. Since first year, Lamar has always wanted to work as a librarian but now that it’s time for him to apply for work, he is hesitant and feels somewhat inadequate. His best friends send him job applications, but he does not act. Months pass by and Lamar remains in the same job he had before grad school, completely unrelated to his ambitions.

Kofi is a 47-year-old supervisor and father of four. After 23 years of working at his department store, he’s found himself irritated, burnt out, unable to complete assignments or consistently attend work. He is thinking about a change but does not know where to begin. Kofi is not completely sure a change is even possible. To make matters worse, his work environment has

become less culturally sensitive, and he finds himself constantly experiencing microaggressions.

Jermaine is a 22-year-old man who has been applying for work, sending out endless resumes and cover letters into an abyss and has been unsuccessful in his job search. Being an unemployed, racialized male is impacting his mental health. He is not sure if his inability to achieve his goal is due to systemic racism, his resume and cover letter or the way in which he interviews.

Unfortunately, when it comes to occupational matters, BIPOC community members experience systemic barriers, imposter syndrome, stress, and difficulties along our career paths to a greater degree than our white counterparts.

Are you seeking a career change but do not know where to start?

Are you unsure of what it is in life you were sent here to do?

If you are seeking a new beginning and you need guidance, counseling, and coaching, speak to me today about starting a New Chapter in your life!

Kevin Ufoegbune


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