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› Are you a Hispanic professional looking to change or enhance your career? Listen to the voices of these Hispanic professionals as they tell their career stories in their own words:
My ethnicity has helped with my career because I know how to value hard work. I know nothing will be handed to me, so I have to work harder than everyone else to succeed. I think everyone experiences some discrimination, but I just usually ignore it and go on with my business.
I want to continue to succeed in life, and the only way to achieve this is to advance in my career. I felt really proud when I was able to take the money I earned and was able to provide for myself. It is very rewarding to be able to live on your own and not have to rely on other people.
My nationality has actually helped me within this industry due to being bilingual.
I searched for any career that seemed promising once I graduated. It was happenstance that I was hired into this industry, although I believe that the complete education I have been receiving since I began this job will follow me throughout my entire career. I would not change one thing about my past or current career choices.
Banking Branch Manager
I am a Hispanic female. I think it has both hurt and helped me depending on the situation. The bank I work at is very political; my boss is also a Hispanic female. Some have said this helped me get promoted quickly to Branch Manager. I maintain I was promoted quickly because I work hard. It also helps that my branch location is in a very Hispanic neighborhood and I speak Spanish.
I am proud of my job and my family is too. I like helping out the people in my community, whether it is a small business needing a loan or a single mom with too many overdraft fees. I feel it’s important to educate people to empower them to become financially healthy. This is an area that my people have struggled to gain equal footing in. I know for example my parents and grandparents do not trust banks and would rather keep cash at home; not that I am trying to speak for the attitudes of all Hispanic people.
This job gave me the opportunity to work as a Technician which is something that I really enjoy. I am an Electronic Engineer and the technical aspect of this job fascinated me because it gave me the chance to work with medical equipment. My duties as a medical devices Technician included maintenance and repair services, technical support, medical equipment calibration and technical office administration.
I love the idea of getting a great salary but I really enjoyed this job because my co-workers were amazing. They were the nicest people that I have ever worked with. They were always willing to help each other and I learned very much from them. I loved receiving compliments from doctors and hospital staff every time I was able to fix one of their medical devices.
Being Hispanic never really hurt me; it actually helped me. I have always felt that Hispanic clientele feel more at ease if the person they are interacting with is Hispanic, and speaking Spanish is a plus. When I was working at an architect’s office, I was the only Spanish-speaking person there so I would translate whenever it was needed. It felt good to step up and help my co-workers.
Being in an office environment makes me feel at home. I love a challenge and my job is always challenging me left and right.
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