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be present myself in the workforce. I also questioned my ability to perform, as I believed in the stereotype that men were superior in knowledge and better engineers and math experts. Resulting in a much greater obstacle in my growth and development as an entry level employee. My thoughts of the perfectly dressed super-model compared to the massively knowledge males was far from reality and the real world. “When we start to internalize negative stereotypes over and over again, we began to self- fulfill prophecies called stereotype threat” (CAN Insider, 2014). This became true when I struggled to pass test to move up within the company. I was also raised in a traditional household. Growing up, my mother and family had strong beliefs of men as providers and woman as homemakers. Although, they shared responsibilities, the influence of my parents and my upbringing reinforced my identity of self as it relates to my career and personal life. Self-presentation also allows one to present themselves as a blank slate of perception to others. This allows one to control the perception of what we want others to believe or see about us (Communication in the Real World, n.d). As a new employee, I taught myself what to say and how to react around co-workers to feel socially accepted. I changed my hair and style of dress to appear more sophisticated and professional, since I didn’t have the knowledge or educational background in Engineering. I changed my speech as well as personal interest to be accepted. It didn’t change the cultural or racial differences I had created in my own mind. Although I still struggle with gender and racial identity stereotypes, I have learned to deal with the challenges of self-identity and growth for a better life. References: CAN Insider (2014, June 2). Threat of Stereotypes- Social experiments illustrated “Channel News Asia Connect” retrieved from: Communication in the real world: An introduction to communication studies. Retrieved from:
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