My first job was in the Northeast which is drastically different than where I grew up... "The South". During the first few months of my first job there are a lot of micro aggressions, but I thought this was from ignorance, and that I was just "something new"... I looked very different than a lot of my co-workers on top of the fact I look very different than what my coworkers thought I would look like.
I am a Caribbean American woman who, apparently, looks young for their age. I am articulate, intelligent and passionate about my work. My job is primarily in an office, sometimes a electronics lab, other times the two overlap.
Because of retention policy, I stayed at my first job for a about 3-4 years and dealt with racist and sexist micro aggressions. These "comments" we're about, but not limited to, how I spoke, my hair and what I was "allowed" to wear to work.
Fortunately I was able to find a job back in "The South". It was an amazing opportunity and while working there I had so much support and mentorship... But I was not supported by my manager.
My manager determined my pay, the projects available to me, and my employee evaluation.
After 2 years of intense work and growth I was offered another opportunity to take a different job outside of my current company (2nd job, this opportunity would be my 3rd job). Before I was offered this job I spoke with my manager multiple times within the last year about a promotion and each time I was denied because I was told I didn't have enough work experience. I also asked about moving full time to one of the projects I was working on, of which I was also denied. (I was working part time on two disjointed projects assigned to me by my manager).
There are other aspects to what happened next but I don't want to explain too much in case someone I know reads this post. In the end a second set of eyes looked over my experience and realized that not only was this incorrect, but that I should have been promoted a year ago and I was under compensated for my work.
I'm worried about the future of my career. According to my project managers and my coworkers I work well with others and I'm not hard to talk to. I'm worried that there's something about me, something that I'm doing... that causes this to happen... And I wish that there was something that I could do about it...
I don't know if it's me, or just the system. If anyone can offer some words of advice I'd appreciate it.