Career, Cafecito & Courage

Where first-gens go to get boost of insights & tips to propel their career & life.

4 Steps to Take When Your Imposter Syndrome Gets Triggered Oct 13, 2022

If you’re experiencing Imposter Syndrome often and it’s SABOTAGING how you show up, your confidence, the risks you take (or don't take),etc. then the question to ask isn't, "How do I overcome Imposter Syndrome?" Instead, what you should be asking yourself is, "WHY DOES THIS KEEP...

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Easy Ways to Prep for Self-Evaluation Time Sep 22, 2022
Earlier I posted a funny reel (you can see it here) on how you really feel when colleagues who don't work as hard or aren't as talented as you get promoted, before you.  It was a fan favorite with comments affirming how true its.  Funny yet not funny that so many of experience that...
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20yr Reflection On My First Gen College Experience Aug 19, 2022

(Photo with first-gen students this summer where I had the honor of serving as their profesora during their EOF Summer Enrichment Program at NJIT)

 

20yrs ago, I had just wrapped up the EOF Summer Program at Drew University, and was enjoying a few weeks of summer break before starting...

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Catch the Perfectionism Spiral Jul 22, 2022

I don't consider myself a perfectionist - I know it's unattainable and actually think it's boring.  At least, that's the story I tell myself.  And then that pesky perfectionism shows up! It shows up in the standards I hold myself to and how hard I judge myself to execute against...

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How Survival Mode Shows Up in Your Career Jun 15, 2022

Over the past 3yrs of running Propel On Purpose, I've noticed a pattern. Most people get desperate to make a career move when they're not growing because they haven't learned how to manage their career. When we're hired into the workforce, we're taught how to do the job, we're trained on the...

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Stop the FOMO & Advocate for Yourself Jun 08, 2022

Many of us ambitious, first-gens have serious FOMO - Fear of MISSING OPPORTUNITIES!  We go ABOVE & BEYOND, say YES! to all of the opportunities & often RAISE our hand to do what others don’t want to do. 

How could we not? When you're the first...

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So, Apparently I'm a Magician Jun 01, 2022

Architects. Artists. Calligraphers. Chefs. Creators. Dancers. Engineers. Musicians. Photographers. Anyone who can make something physical or tangible out of an idea, a sketch, a blueprint...that's who I thought of as magicians. Though I consider myself a creative person, it's mostly ideas,...

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Debunk that FirstGen Fear & Make More Money Mar 22, 2022

Since we're talking "Career Money Moves" for all of March , I decided to poll the Instagram POP Tribe to see what insights first-gen professionals need right now.  Though I anticipated that most respondents would want tips on how to negotiate a salary or ask for a raise, most people said...

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3 Career Mistakes that Will Cost You Money Mar 16, 2022

Yesterday, March 15th was "Pay Equity Day" as in the day when a woman's pay catches up to what a white man was paid the previous year.  The average white woman had to work an extra 74 days to catch up to a white man's pay.  Black & Latinx Women have to work far more into the year to...

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How to Work, Lead & Live On Purpose Feb 16, 2022

 When we ask someone, "what is your purpose?" it can feel like a loaded question.  Though technically purpose means intention (v) or the reason for why something is done (n), we associate it with a “higher calling” as in “how are you serving this world with your one...

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3 Things That Keep Us Stuck in our Careers Feb 09, 2022

I despise clichés, especially when they’re wrapped up in a bow as a solution.  The one that I keep seeing lately that makes me want to pull a Kanye is, “you just gotta push through.” UGH.  Just. Stop. Talking. We don’t get UNSTUCK by adopting the...

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First-Gen - The Invisible Dimension of Diversity We Should All Be Paying Attention to & Why Feb 02, 2022

 If you go to the Coaching section of my website, you'll see this...

My former and current clients share identities across the diversity spectrum; Asian, Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, White, Mixed, Sys Gender, LGBTQ, Vet, etc.

What do they have in common? The unique challenge of...

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