Stereotyping and Prejudice Against Career Choices
The world needs professions of all sorts. We need artists, teachers, doctors, lawyers, bakers, and candlestick makers. Perhaps you have chosen one of those careers that people get wide eyed and impressed with at the moment you tell them “what you do”. I have a career that often makes people wide-eyed and sometimes they find it hard to suppress their surprise. I’ve gotten used to it and I know I’m not the only one that perhaps faces stereotyping and prejudice due to my career choice, but it still hits a nerve with me.
I feel that way profoundly when they resist a connection to me or my business because they are stereotyping my career. Perhaps they think that in today’s business world I have little to offer them.
I’m a college educated woman that began my career in Corporate America. I’m a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. I’m a devoted working mother who is overjoyed at the growth and progress of my family. I have very dear long held friendships in my life, and well cultivated business friendships. I’ve achieved many accomplishments and awards within my community and my industry. I often take on leadership roles with gusto when the opportunity affords it and I give my very best to every project I take on. Oh, and that career choice, well, I entered a predominately male oriented industry and prospered to open several successful locations of my business in a major city within the US. I am the owner of a bail bonds business in Jacksonville, Florida called Make It Happen Bail Bonds.
I find that sometimes at business networking events, at community gatherings, or even on social media, like Twitter, I encounter stereotyping prejudice and people avoid a connection. What a shame. I am a fantastic and generous mentor to small business owners. I have fabulous, smart, successful college friends, sorority sisters, acquaintances, and business connections that could be beneficial for any entrepreneur or business owner and all it would take is a simple introduction from me.
I love my community and I contribute to causes that benefit it directly both personally and professionally. I volunteer my time and personal labor to help others as often as I can, and I encourage others to do the same. I’m sort of a maverick when it comes to calling others to good causes.
Yet, I can reach out to someone on Twitter with my business account and get blocked because someone thinks that a bail bonds company isn’t what they want to have associated with their account. Keep in mind they could just not follow back, but instead they block my attempt at connecting. I know this because I reached out through another account to someone that did that recently. I direct messaged them to ask why and they were honest and told me that they didn’t want people to think they had needed bail. Really?! I was floored.
It got me to thinking about all of the hard working, impressive, and talented career people that likely get the same type of push off that I have had on occasion. I discovered that what I felt was not that my business had been pushed to the side, but that it was more a push off to the people that have needed my services. I felt that deeply and wished I could tell all those people something, and then it hit me I could, so I will. At least I can do so in the only public forum I know that could possibly cross their monitor someday. At least I’ll be able to get it out of me.
First, if you are going through this journey cutting people off from your life before you ever get to know them, well, you are actually pushing aside opportunities that perhaps will never come to you again. Second, your actions say much more about you and your own internal brokenness and fears than you will ever know you are showing to the world, so keep on doing what you’re doing because we all need to know who you are.
Finally, I want to say I love my career choice and every single day I get to help people that are frightened, worried, and have very few options. When they turn to my business, I do my very best to get them exactly what they want and that is their freedom back. I do it with compassion, with discretion, and I do it as fast as possible. Daily I see what doctors and nurses see, what ministers see, what counselors hear, what everyone eventually learns in their lifetime and that is that “bad things happen to good people.”
So, if you ever find yourself having one of those “bad things” happen in which I can help you, I hope you’ll remember my drive to do what needs to be done. It’s so important to me that I put it into my company name. If you ever need bail then call me, because I’ll Make It Happen. Oh, and if you’d like to connect on social media, I’d like that, too.