At the end of my first day of work, my Director came to me and said: "a few of us talked and we just want you to know, we don't do cute around here." Her words were hard to hear. Not only because I knew what she was implying, but because my reality came crashing down in front of me: I left an organization I love for one where I don't belong.
My 26th year would prove to be one that forced me to get clear about who I was and whose I was. There was no settling.
I joined Mercy Quaye for her "Werk It Out" show on WNHH Community Radio to discuss my biggest failure to date: being fired from a job I knew I should've left.
Also, this is what I wore to work that day. Cute. Around here.
During the interview with Mercy I mention a couple of resources that helped me through this time:
Levo League is one of my favorite blogs and encouraged me to keep a career journal. This is the journal I wrote in and managed to predict leaving my job on October 7, 2016. (I ended up getting fired that day.)
The Benefits of Keeping A Work Journal by Madeline Stilley
Therapy For Black Girls offers a podcast, articles and emphasizes the importance of holistic care. One of my favorite features on their site is the Therapist Directory.
"The Therapist Directory is a listing of mental health professionals across the country who provide high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls. This directory is not at all exhaustive and is meant to provide you with a place to start if you are looking for a therapist in your area."
Get what you need, sis.
As I discuss in the interview with Mercy, I knew I should've left that job 30 days in. Don't find yourself in the same situation. Forbes provides some really good insight in this article:
8 Red Flags To Watch Out For On a Job Interview by LearnVest
In the words of my big sister Jovian "always get what you need and be clear about what you're willing to give, in every space."