So, I have this friend who I've been trying to encourage to network. I'll call her Esperanza because I really love that word. She has overcome a lot of things already. She is a 1st generation student from a spanish speaking country. She doesn't come from a wealthy background either.
Esperanza has been working hard for a very long time since early high school. She was able to pay her way through community college and help her family out financially a bit. She has also fought through an invisible disability.
However, a lot of misfortune has befallen her. A few years ago she was car jacked. Because she lives in a racist state, she was arrested. YES, her NOT the person who did it. Of course the charges got dismissed, but it left her with a record that hunts her continuously.
Esperanza went from the community college to a top 100 private school. It's a non target, but it does have a nice alumni presence on the street. She once landed an interview with afor market risk from excelling at the school. Then her grandfather passed away. She emptied her savings to fly back home to her native country. She came back and couldn't afford books. Her grades suffered *tremendously*.
With so many things happening back to back her confidence has been shaken. With every job application she must disclose the arrest and relive that traumatizing event. Very often, having the "arrest" box checked dings her from interviews. She is 100% set on banking *sigh*.
So, she has all these things against her: very low self confidence (I can't even get her to network), the perception of a foreigner (a lot of people assume things when they see her), her voice (I don't hear an accent, but then again we're both from the south so sometimes I may sound a little "different" too), a low gpa (sub 3.0) but very close to being 3.0 (I tell her to round up, but she refuses to), and of course the arrest record.
Maybe I'm overly optimistic, but I think that if she's honest about her situation, networking will help her get there. Can someone confirm or dispute this? I read so many triumphant stories of networking, and I would love to see hers next. So can anyone offer any advice for Esperanza?