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The Bamboo Ceiling | 4 Key Problems Asian Immigrants Face at Work

In this piece, I’m going to discuss four important problems that Asian immigrants frequently encounter, in what we call: the bamboo ceiling. 

The bamboo ceiling is the broad spectrum of challenges that Asians face in the West, personally and professionally - and how these things interact with one another. Let’s take a look. 

#1: Quantitative Data on the Bamboo Ceiling

Here are some statistics that really demonstrate what the bamboo ceiling can mean for Asians.

Asian Americans are 12% of the professional workforce while accounting for roughly 5.6% of the US population. In research by Buck Gee and Denise Peck, they call it the Illusion of Asian success:” Asian Americans are the least likely racial group to be promoted into Silicon Valley's management and executive levels, despite being the most likely to be hired into highly technical positions. These findings continue across white-collar jobs across the U.S. for management roles....

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Finding My Career Path In My 20s | 4 Quick Questions (Save Money and Time!)

Many people in their 20's are trying to figure out their career path, but don’t know where to start. And that’s totally normal. In this article, I will teach you how you can find your career path in your 20’s. 

To find a career path in your 20’s, there are four very important questions to ask. However, before I get to those questions, I want to give you a bit of a background on why there are so many people who are struggling with this. Most of us when we went through high school took the mandatory high school “careers” course. With everyone that I’ve worked with, that course was not helpful at all. In addition, high school counsellors are outnumbered on an average of a 400:1 student-counselor ratio. If they spent one day on each student, they wouldn't be able to get through all students in one year. And this is on top of all their other work, it’s simply not possible to give any useful career guidance.

In higher education, it gets...

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6 Career Coach Benefits (To Land Your DREAM JOB!)

Many people change careers or jobs and wind up being miserable all over again. That is largely because they did not cover all their bases during that first switch. In this article, I will take you through how a good career coach will help you cover all your bases and give you steps to find satisfaction in your career. I will outline six benefits of having a coach to see you through a career change and help you land that dream job.

Let’s first establish a definition of a career coach.  The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Think of it like a sports coach, they’ll guide their players but will not play on their behalf. Similarly, a career coach is someone who will guide you through a process and will not do the work for you.

Also, career coaches have specializations. Some career coaches...

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Career Change Stages For Transitioning to a New Career: 5 Critical Steps

 

There is a right way and a wrong way to transition from one career to another. This article will outline five career transition stages that everyone needs to be familiar with before they make the big jump.

Stage 1: Introspection

The first major career transition is introspective--you should ask yourself the right questions to become more self-aware. That includes reflecting on your personality, skill set, and values. Here are some guiding questions:

  • What is your personality? What makes you satisfied?
  • What are your current skills? What skills can you develop?
  • What are your interests? What motivates you?
  • What are your values? Is it saving Mother Earth? Is it maximizing revenue? Is it connecting with people?

These are essential questions to understand your authentic self before considering a major life change. Check out the video ‘reasons for a career change’ that dives into this topic in much more depth to help you decide whether it’s time to make the jump...

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4 Reasons for a career change - A Checklist (Cover all your bases)

In 2014, a staggering 70% of Americans say that they're bored in their jobs, and things haven’t improved much since. Most people are going through the motions and are looking for something better. Changing careers can be a tough crossroad to face in your life. In this article, I will propose four questions to ask yourself, to help you reach clarity on whether a career change is right for you.

 

Question #1: Does your job fit your personality?

When we examine personality, we evaluate against the ‘Big Five’ personality traits, as it is the most psychometrically valid approach today. If you would like to learn more about psychometrics, you can check out the video where I talk about personality traits, and why the big five personality traits are the gold standard of measuring personality. Let’s follow the acronym OCEAN below.

When we evaluate an employee’s personality at work, the first trait we look at is openness. Openness is a measure of the...

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Career Change Mindset for Early- to Mid-Career | 6 Tips to Overcome Anxiety

Have you been considering a career change? It is a daunting prospect, but one many people are considering given the current state of the economy. Stepping into a new field is like stepping into the unknown. Not knowing how something will turn out can induce anxiety, which is completely natural, but something you can overcome. In this article, I will give you six tips on how to overcome the anxiety surrounding a career change.

So where does anxiety come from in the first place? It comes from the brain structure that houses emotions, the amygdala. Finding yourself in a new situation can often be accompanied by fear. When we start to feel fearful, a primal fight or flight reaction kicks in. There is also a third component, the ‘freeze’ reaction. Imagine a deer in the middle of the road, that freezes when they see a car coming, unable to move or figure out what to do. Anxiety often arises as part of this freeze reaction.

Overcoming anxiety can be approached in two ways. The...

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