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Anyone else feel like it’s taken them much longer to get to where they want to be as compared to their white counterparts? I know I’m just as qualified, but have been thinking about relocating just to have better opportunities.

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That’s why advertising is 8% black at junior levels and 2.5% at senior level. People get sick of being short-changed. Your feelings are valid and very normal. Not sure going to a new market will help long term. Do you have an internal champion in the company? Play the networking game.

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Thank you for the feedback! I recently gained a Black mentor in the industry, so hoping to see where the mentorship goes.

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I 100% resonate with this. Often times I feel overqualified, I’ll do more work with good results and then white counterparts get positive feedback and credit while I’ll receive criticism or be told how I could make it better next time. Sometimes it’s a battle trying to figure out how to articulate differences of opinion with seeming “overly aggressive”. Very much a challenge. I also find this past year on DEI interesting. I was just hired for a new role, which I later found out that the hiring date was just before their cut off for their internal DEI goals. I helped this huge company make their numbers. Don’t get me wrong, happy for the job, but never felt so used. Anyways, I’m happy you’ve found a mentor. Work can be hard enough to navigate, but navigating through it as a person of color can make the experience more challenging.

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I do. It always feels like managers are saying you are almost there but then nothing happens. So I’m just feel over-qualified in my position or not prepared enough for the next.

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I get anxiety/depressed about it. Like maybe the problem is just me.

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No, it’s not you at all!

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