This piece is part of a franchise called 'We In Here,' which is slang for running things like a boss and taking up space in your given field. We spoke to BIPOC women about what they love, what they need and what they strive for in their careers.
After completing my undergrad in 2016, I looked for a mentor who could guide me into the next chapter of my career. While I had many women in my life (shoutout out to my mom) I looked up to, I longed for someone in my own field. As an intern, I had a small pool of potential mentors—the associate editor who taught me how to speak up for myself, the social media manager from whom I learned how to network and the editorial assistant that help me revamp my resume for future employers. But now, as a full-time journalist, I’m still in the search phase. See, similar to the difficulty of finding a BIPOC therapist or BIPOC doctor (that’s a struggle for another day), I’ve always wanted a BIPOC mentor, but always fell short in the pursuit.
I’ll probably get some eye rolls and loads of angry emails asking, “Why does your mentor have to be BIPOC?” or “Why does everything have to be about race?” Well, if you have to ask me that then your privilege is showing. After all, I’m in no way saying a white person isn’t qualified to be my doctor, my therapist or my mentor. In fact, I have had many remarkable white women guide me throughout my career. But there’s something rewarding about seeking help, support and advice from someone who looks like me.