Author: Dr. Shawntia Key
Losing a job can bring about a wave of emotions. Embarrassment, uncertainty, and fear are just a few emotions that could have anyone spiraling and their self-confidence plummeting. Emotionally navigating through the "now what" could seem unimaginable, but it is not impossible. This article provides FIVE TIPS for recovering from losing your job and rebuilding your professional confidence!
TIP # 1 - Give yourself a chance to mourn
When I was at the peak of my professional career, I found myself suddenly out of a job. I analyzed every moment leading to my departure, stressed over every upcoming bill, and panicked at the thought of not getting a new job. How was I going to move forward? Why did this situation happen to me?
Arthur: Requested Anonymous
Every year for commencement at my school in China, the speech is given by the most senior professor in line. Speech is given, the professor is awarded, and everyone claps. At the end of last year, everyone nodded knowing it was my turn this year, but politics would win the award this year.
Turns out the ceremony had some important people attending --potential sponsors and all. Apparently, the professor who won last year was given the award again this year and asked me what had happened. The conversation evolved into how he felt so confused, and I just broke it down to him… It was about optics. If they have to choose between the “White Guy” or the “Black Guy” they, of course, choose the skin connection to parade in front of the important people.
After the conversation, I told him I already knew what was going to go down..
Autor: Dr. Shawntia Key
My first professional job in the States was at a university. I recently turned 25 years old, and I was in that special transition period of “fresh out of college” to “professional functioning adult.” I had no idea about The Game.
The Game is exhausting. Unfair. Annoying. But The Game is educational.
Author: Dr. Shawntia Key
When I was in elementary school, my class was asked to re-create a country’s flag and to share something interesting about the country selected. I picked Japan because I thought it looked easy. I had no idea that that “easy flag” project would impact my life so significantly and be the driving force that leads me to international education.
Through my project, I learned about Japanese animated cartoons (anime) and graphic novels (manga). Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, and a variety of manga were my life throughout elementary, middle, and high school. As silly as it may seem, those stories taught me to value people and friendships, to never give up on my dreams, and to be okay with feeling a little different. It was those lessons that kept me confident as I navigated my high school years.
I was known as “the strange black girl who liked weird Japanese stuff.”
Author: Shawntia K.
This Vlog was originally posted during my time at the 2016 One Young World Conference in Ottawa, Canada.