Latinas working in a corporate setting face unique challenges. While just about anyone can use these tips to support their career success, they have been curated specifically with the Latina worker in mind. By implementing these ideas into your life and business, you can adapt, grow, and thrive in your career.
1. Be a life-long learner.
Apart from your formal education, it’s essential to keep up with the evolving trends in your industry. Reading books, participating in relevant programs and conferences, listening to podcasts, and joining coaching groups can help you stay on top of your game. Don’t let yourself stagnate–stay up to date on new demands and trends so that you can position yourself for advancement in your career.
2. Know when to lead with humility and when to lead with assertiveness.
Many Latinas grow up in a culture that values respect for authority and humility. While these values can serve you well, it can be a challenge when being assertive and speaking up to authority is necessary. It’s important to be able to understand this balance and assert yourself when needed, without compromising your values. Knowing when to adapt your approach can make you a more effective communicator and leader while still remaining authentically you.
3. Share your dreams and aspirations.
Don’t keep your goals to yourself. When you actively share them with others, a few things can happen. First, speaking about them often makes them become a natural, integral part of your routine. The more you do this, the easier it will be to achieve your goals. You also never know what connections, resources, and tools will come your way to help you reach your goals! Sharing your dreams with others can lead to unexpected networking opportunities that can lead to internships, training, resources, or invitations to attend or contribute to forums and conferences.
4. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
It’s normal to feel nervous when taking on new challenges, whether that is at work or in other areas of your life. Even the most practiced executives are often nervous before presentations or events! However, what they will tell you is that it’s essential to learn how to deal with those nerves over time. It’s important to learn how to focus on what you can control, acknowledge the fear, and react positively to it. Practice and preparation for new events, presentations, training, or other obligations will help as well.
5. Engage with your community and network.
Remember that success is not a solo act. Cultivating meaningful relationships with mentors, sponsors, coaches, and advisors over time will give you a long list of advocates to look forward to having as support in the future. When you live and breathe your company’s mission and let others know about it, they will likely help support you as you grow. Your network can share your stories of impact and help you advance in your career.
Advancing in your corporate career as a Latina requires adaptability, resilience, and a willingness to learn and grow. Implementing these tips can help you progress in your career while staying true to yourself and using the support of your network and community.