The ‘Deconstruction’ Event at Brunel University London gave me an opportunity to highlight what I think are the main issues delaying and impeding the personal and professional progress of black people in the UK.
A complex issue indeed, however, I am not one to delve into an issue of this nature without the intention of coming out of the other end with a solution. To do this may only serve to exacerbate current despondency towards the issue.
Growing up under very trying circumstances, I am one who has firsthand experience of what it is like to have almost everything around you mitigate against your ability to succeed. On numerous occasions in the past, others have predicted my failure and doubted my ability to achieve my goals. How did I respond? I never gave up and persisted in pursuing my goals in spite of these obstacles. To give up is to fail, and I never give up. Never give up!
An important point that I raised at the event, was the lack of successful black role models in industries such as business, education & tech and the ripple effect this has on the up and coming generations. It is certainly true that the road less traveled is much harder to walk on, so I can understand why this disparity currently exists. Inspiration is definitely needed!
Growing up, I never thought I would work in the tech sector- it never seemed to be an option, however, in many ways, it seems as if it was meant to be. Why? Well, growing up in adversity has taught me one essential skill: problem-solving. Technology exists to make our lives easier by simplifying the complex; like having a sat nav instead of an A-Z.
I believe the foundation of problem-solving is simplification.
I am grateful for the opportunity to work for a company that exists to do just that- solve problems. Many companies claim/aim to do this, however with a motto such as “simplifying the complicated”, it is clear to see that sipsynergy have the right mindset and strategy in place to actually deliver on this promise. I am here to play my part in ensuring this is the case, and at the start of my career, I make a solemn vow to be a beacon of inspiration to the up and coming generation to pursue a career in tech and other industries that have been scarcely known to be well represented by the Black community.
Zion Zachary manages clients at sipsynergy
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