More than 80,000 black women graduate from U.S. colleges annually. And with hundreds of career-related books being published any given year you’d think they’re spoilt for choice. However those wanting a more culturally aware version may benefit from a new book by Chaz Kyser. Embracing the Real World: The Black Woman’s Guide to Life After College, a 302-page book published by Seshet Press.
Chaz Kyser, 28, a journalism professor at Langston University, says she discovered in her research of career-related books, many don’t discuss issues pertinent to people of color. “Most stick to the basics of how to find and keep a job,” explains Kyser. But, she adds “black women—all college graduates actually—need to be armed with more information than that.”
In addition to pointers to a better interview, tips on how to get the salary you deserve, understanding company benefits, succeeding in a new position, handling conflicts with coworkers, dealing with difficult bosses, net working effectively and coping with job loss, are personal essays from black career women and a detailed resource guide.
Shaunna Cooper, a May 2006 graduate, says, “Chaz Kyser speaks to recent graduates as well as her peers in a way that uplifts and inspires; what so many of us desperately need right now.”
Vivian Presley, PhD, president of Coahoma Community College, agrees. “Many students have little idea of the inequalities they will face in the world of work,” Dr. Presley says. “The book provides valuable insights for black women. It also recommends ways to successfully navigate through the snares and pitfalls of a biased world.”
A bevy of black educators have praised Kyser’s inspirational guide. On Embracing the Real World’s Website, Saint Augustine College president Dianne Boardley Suber says, “[It]s a great book for all young women—regardless of race, creed, or ethnicity.”
Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, president of Langston University (where Kyser teaches journalism) and the first African-American female president of a higher education institution in the state of Oklahoma, says “Embracing the Real World is packed with practical information for anyone entering the job market.” Dr. Julia Hare, national executive director of The Black Think Tank, recommends the book should be required reading for “every black female at college.” She adds, “Black male students will find much benefit as well, and get familiar with the needs of the young women they are likely to marry.”
To purchase Embracing the Real World: visit Home of Embracing the Real World at www.embracingtherealworld.com