I had the opportunity to spend a month at a new company and I felt a little stupid.
I was in a small room, surrounded by people and I wasn’t wearing a jacket or shirt.
I’m not a dick.
That’s what I was supposed to be.
But that wasn’t enough to help me feel like I was doing anything.
I wanted to do something to help people and get their confidence back.
I felt like I needed to be a dick, so I went looking for the perfect job.
When I got to a recruiter, I felt so awkward.
He looked at me and asked: ‘How tall are you?’
And I said, ‘I’m 5’9”.
He said: ‘You’re not a dude?’
And he laughed and said: ”You’re a woman.
I know you’re not, are you?”
I felt bad.
I didn’t know how to respond.
I thought: ‘Oh, I’m a dick now.
I feel like a guy.’
I was embarrassed, and I didn’t want to be around this person again.
I ended up dropping out of the program.
I had no confidence in myself and I was afraid to ask for a job.
After the experience, I have never been a dick in my life.
I’ve been a good friend and I’ve found happiness in being a good person.
Natalie Hall is a writer, presenter and journalist who is currently writing a book about her experiences as a woman who has been discriminated against for being a woman in the workplace.
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