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I might be a stereotypical Asian-American (kinda geeky and generally quiet). What can I do to get noticed?

I might be a stereotypical Asian-American (kinda geeky and generally quiet). What can I do to get noticed?

I might be a stereotypical Asian-American (kinda geeky and generally quiet). It seems this might be hurting me on the job. What can I do to get noticed?    Signed Anonymous Dear Anonymous, It’s unfortunate but we all live with that stereotype.  That you are asking about getting noticed indicate you probably don’t exactly fit that […]

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What happened to the accountants ? And a strategy for career development.

Dear AAPAAN: What happened to the accountants ?  What’s a strategy for career development. — young accountants Dear young accountants Conventional wisdom is if you want a good chance for a job upon graduation, be a software engineer or an accountant.    I had heard about tech shortages but never about accountant shortages.  So when I […]

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Career

My supervisor hinted that they might offer me an international assignment…. I kinda like it but there’ll be some strong spousal conflicts.

Dear AAPAAN – My supervisor hinted that they might offer me an international assignment.  I kinda like it but there’ll be some strong spousal conflicts.  My spouse is on a career track as well and it seems unlikely he can get a comparable job in that country.  I’m torn about turning down such an opportunity […]

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Career

My mentor has not been able to steer me to a job.. What’s wrong?

Dear AAPAAN: “I have matched with a mentor but thus far she had not been able to steer me to a job. What’s wrong?” – Anonymous Dear Anonymous, You are responsible for your own career and not your mentor. He/she can help you discover or develop yourself and give you clues on how and where to […]

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Career

I’m thinking about going to law school. Any special issues or challenges for an Asian American in this field?

Interestingly enough, a study on this topic was just released in July.  Here’s a link to an article describing the study:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/18/there-are-94-united-states-attorneys-only-three-of-them-are-asian-american/?utm_term=.998acf1fd593.   And here is a recent Op-Ed on the same subject by a Justice on the California Supreme Court:   http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-liu-asian-american-lawyers-20170723-story.html. The study indicates that Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in […]

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Career

“Does being an Asian American help or hurt my employability?”

  I was asked this question during a talk with UVa APA students a while ago.  At the time, I answered that, in general, being Asian American was an advantage initially for helping get through the door.  But once inside, I told them they would have to overcome extra hurdles to rise in the organization.  […]

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Career