Blog #3 Work Place Experience
Race has affected my experience in the workplace in terms of the kinds of jobs I’ve had. Over the course of years I’ve had four jobs and all of them were a different experience when it came to treatment and expected accomplishments. I usually don’t have a probably with getting jobs although I’m African American. But only one out of the four jobs made it difficult for me to become an employee.
My second job was a tutor. I tutored elementary students in an after school program, helping them with homework and other problems. The job was very interesting and fun but getting the job was the problem. My friends and I applied for the jobs at the same time. My friends who were Caucasian got an interview on the spot. The Caucasian woman at the front desk told me to wait and come back because they could only do two interviews a day. I wasn’t mad, until another girl from our school walked in; who was also white and got an interview on the spot. I began to think how we were different; my friends and I had the same GPA and were in the same grade level, the only difference was our race. I talked to Ms. Deen, An African American woman, who was head of the program and asked her about interviews. She told me they interview most on spot after looking at the applications. She then searched for my application but couldn’t find it, lucky she remembered that she saw me turn it in to the woman at the front desk. She called the woman into her office and asked her questions about my application. The woman said I never gave her the application and don’t remember me. Ms. Deen then excused herself and the woman and had a brief talk with her in the corner. When Ms. Deen returned she interviewed me herself.
In the end, I got the job tutoring elementary students, as for the Caucasian woman at the desk; never saw her again.