I'm Starla Sampaco. I'm an independent video producer, consultant, and former journalist. My latest venture is a video project geared towards young professionals, especially those of underrepresented backgrounds. I like to think of it as the Career Survival Guide I wish I had when I was just starting out.
Early in my career, I realized that in order to become successful, some of the most important skills I needed were not skills I could learn in school. Over the years, I learned how to leverage my value in situations where I was the youngest person on the team or an "only" (the only woman and/or person of color on a team). Being an "only" or the youngest employee comes with challenges, but I also realized how I could turn this into an advantage. Looking back, I wish I had a better idea of what to expect, but I never found a book, podcast, or YouTube channel that could fulfill all of my specific needs. That's why I think the Career Survival Guide is so necessary.
I hope that the young professionals who watch my videos will learn strategies to help them work smarter (not just harder), advocate for themselves and others at work, and build fulfilling lives.
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ABOUT THE CAREER SURVIVAL GUIDE
What is the Career Survival Guide, and who is it for?
The Career Survival Guide is a video project for young professionals, especially those of underrepresented backgrounds. I like to think of it as the career survival guide I wish I had when I was just starting out.
I've interviewed a wide range of professionals in the U.S. and Asia, including an MSNBC correspondent, a diversity & inclusion expert who writes for the Harvard Business Review, and a millenial money expert who saved $100,000 before the age of 25.
Why did you create the Career Survival Guide?
I realized that in order to become successful, some of the most important skills I needed were not skills I could learn in school. I wish I started my career with a better idea of what to expect, and I wasn't able to find a book, podcast, or YouTube channel that could fulfill all of my specific needs.
I'm also using this as an opportunity to shed light on the unique pressures faced by professional women of color. These pressures affect our careers in significant ways, but we don't talk about them enough in discussions around professional development.