A few questions to consider:

  1. Who’s making the money?
  2. Who is the gatekeeper?
  3. Who is the real gatekeeper?
  4. Who attracts unwanted attention?
  5. Who makes friends with everyone and transcends the pettiness
  6. Do the answers to the questions above impact your success?

These are the questions I would ask before getting into any industry without substantial financial backing or political clout.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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