How often do find a book that you feel was written specifically for you? Now I know that this book is geared towards those who are getting ready to graduate. However, I feel that every young Black female in general can benefit from this wonderful book.
Ms. Chaz Kyser was no different than any young person in college. She went through the motions of what she was going to do after college. Combining helpful tips with her own experience, she helps the reader create a foundation on transitioning from the dorm room to the real world.
This foundation can include outlines of your career and academic goals. Let’s say you wanted to be a graphic design artist; what are your reasons? Do you love art and want to take it to the next level? Maybe you’ve always wanted to design your own website. Whatever your reasons are, listing the positives will make you feel like your dream is within reach. How are you going to achieve this goal?
If you’re still an undergrad, junior and senior years are the formative years to get experience in your field via internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering. If you really want to impress your perspective employers and colleges, building your own website or blog would do some awesome justice to your portfolio. When is the estimated time to reach your goal?
Do you want to get an MFA (Master’s in Fine Arts) in two years? Or do you want to get right into the job market and consider grad school later? You could also pursue your passion solo as a freelancing extraordinaire. Although this is a sample that I came up with spontaneously, the main point is that the power is yours to reach your aspirations.
As I stated earlier, fooling around with job searches and visiting your career development counselor can keep you two steps ahead of the game. Then there’s the interview process and questions, personal appearance, accepting or declining a job offer, and fitting in as the new girl at work are the other basics that every female collectively learns. This is the Black Woman’s Guide to Life after College.
Black women have constantly had to prove themselves over the course of history amidst institutional and hidden discrimination. Though such practices are inevitable, they are also combatable. Handling real world barriers on everything from someone saying suggesting how Black you are to recognizing signs or workplace racism and sexism can help you deal and be real. Kyser writes, “Don’t take everything people say or do. Instead, use incidents…to educate people.”
Additionally, if you feel you are the victim of discrimination, never underestimate the power of the pen to the paper. Documenting the incidents can help you remember who said or did what, how it was handled and what you can do next time to avoid a similar situation. If you have to go to the higher-ups, your record of who did or said what on this day at this time will let them know that you’re a force not to be reckoned with. Overall, staying focused on your dreams and not caving into naysayers and haters will make you a winner in your own rite.
From asking what you want to zoning in on what matters to you most, Embracing the Real World, can prepare you on the next stage of your life’s journey.