A Career Road Map for First-Generation Professional

First in your family to pursue a white-collar career? Find role models and a support system.

Yamu Cham was a budding businesswoman. But after high school, the Gambian immigrant had to help her single mother pay the bills. So while other new graduates enrolled in university courses, Cham took full-time jobs.

Over the next seven years, she worked at a movie theater, as a nanny and at a college bookstore, watching her first set of customers mature from freshmen into seniors.

She was surrounded by textbooks, yet “going to college wasn’t an option,” she says.

Read the full article from U.S. News & World Report here.

By Pam Mathison
Pam Mathison Career Coach