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My Career Path: Advice for Latinas in the U.S.

My Career Path: Advice for Latinas in the U.S.

Leaving Aguadilla, a small town in Puerto Rico, to come to Washington DC, a big city, was exciting and very intimidating. However, being raised in a small town helped me to not be shy asking questions and admitting when I as wrong, and that helped me a lot.

When I understood that I needed to progress in my career and improve my brand with a good school on my resume, I applied to Johns Hopkins University for a dual degree. But after some consideration, I pivoted and finished with a Masters of Arts and Communication.

While I was studying in Madrid, my mother and I befriended another mother and daughter from Washington, DC. A few years later, when I was in DC, we went to have lunch with them. The mother was retiring from a director position in World Bank Group. When I confessed to her that it was hard for me to work full-time and study part-time at the same time, she told me then to send her my resume. A few weeks later, she called me to let me know I had an interview at the World Bank. She was my mentor then and I'm still very grateful.

My advice: To continue blossoming as a professional, you should not be afraid to talk to strangers, to ask for help, or follow up.

Watch the interview by Rise Up Mi Gente: Latina Power Leading at the World Bank w/ Angelique Sina here.

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