RACE RELATIONS

For the last week I have been recruiting a hard to fill role in HR, which was referred to me upon another colleague leaving. The role has been on the market for the last two months as the client believes the candidates that have been short-listed are “underqualified”.

Today I came across a top tier candidate with one of the best CV’s I had seen in a long time, having been employed by some of the best top tier firms globally.

Before sending her CV to the client, I asked my senior colleague who had worked with this client before what his thoughts were. He looked at the CV and said “She has a strong CV and she would be a great fit but you can’t send her over. They will see her name and reject her. No Indian’s, just Caucasian’s!”. I stood there in rage at the blatant racism that was unfolding in front of me, remembering how many times I had come across this issue as an IT recruiter in the last four months.

This incident reaffirms the message that no matter how hard people of colour work and no matter what level professional success we achieve, there is a large portion of this society that will never believe us to be just as good, if not better, than our white counterparts.

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NO, I WON’T COOK FOR YOU.

12191632_1649706971968993_6345538296769881739_nDear whoever wrote this meme,

Let me get something straight here:

My friends and I work over 10 hour days and I myself travel a hour to and from work to get home. That is 12 hours of my day accounted for already. Most days I don’t have the energy to go to the gym to look after my body, let alone get in the kitchen and cook.

Cooking, or any lifestyle chores, is not just a woman’s responsibility. The only reason such sexist notions exist is because in prior generations women were expected to be home-makers while men were bread-winners for the family. Now, to keep up with cost of living and societal changes more women are degree qualified, in the professional workforce, supporting their family and investing in building their own financial portfolio. This results in us having less time at home to focus on household duties and requires men to not only contribute to their half of the household duties, but to be held accountable for it too.

And if women are going to cook, you can bet they won’t be sharing their food with some entitled, lazy and privileged male who thinks women exist to be serving him everything on platter.

Not so sincerely,

N.F

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR LIFE?

They say the first 6 months of a new job are the most difficult, as such, the last three months of my new role have been an emotional roller-coaster. Working longer hours than usual, having to learn something completely new and adapting to a new working culture has been exhausting, mentally and physically. Along the way I felt like I was losing a sense of self, putting aside doing things I love in order to cope with work.

Today, as I sat down to write an article for an up and coming magazine, I realised that the only thing that brings me peace outside of my 8-6 weekly schedule is the perusal of my artistic and social passions.

So here I am at the start of my career learning an important lesson: That the only way to cultivate health and happiness when climbing the corporate ladder is to stay engaged with the things you do for life, rather than the things you do for work.