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7 Valuable Lessons from the Corporate World
7 Valuable Life Lessons from the Corporate World
Whether you've just graduated from the university and you're seeking a career in the corporate world or you've been working in the corporate world for a decade, these not-so-pretty truths will help you re-assess your life. Ask yourself if you've taken the right path or you must do a detour.
- Nobody is indispensable. Stability in the corporate world is an illusion. No matter how big your contributions are to your company and no matter how many awards and recognition you've received, you are still replaceable. They can terminate your contract suspend and demote you. They can always hire a younger, more energetic, or more educated employee.
- You are a slave. You might be wearing a branded blazer and carrying a luxury bag when you go to the office but that doesn't change the fact that you are an employee. It doesn't matter if you hold a managerial position. You work for somebody's business and you're building the owner's dream, not yours.
- You don't own your time because you can't. You have to follow the work schedule provided and the appointments set for you. You can't take a two-week vacation whenever you want. You have to wait for Christmas break or national holidays to take a time off. You'll have to choose between family time and extra time for work.
- You are obliged to follow the company policies. Whatever those policies are. You can't disagree and expect the management to bend and modify the rules for you. If you can't really stomach the rules, your best option is to leave. If you badly need a job to pay the bills, you might just swallow your pride and go with the flow.
- You need to grow a thicker skin. The corporate world is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The environment is highly competitive and everyone is trying to outdo you and be better than you. Learn how to differentiate between true friends and civil friends. Be careful who you trust.
- Keep your integrity at all cost. Even when the situation is tempting and kind of "promising," be honest and avoid unethical practices. Don't associate yourself with anyone that does shady businesses. Remember that your reputation as a professional is your biggest treasure to protect.
- Set a time frame. You must set a goal every year, every 5 years, and every 10 years. Evaluate your career and decide whether the journey is still worth it. Ideally, you must be able to save up and start your own business before you hit your 10th year in the corporate world.
Each person has a different life goal. It really depends on what you'd like to do with your time. Your life, your decision. However, it won't hurt to consider these corporate lessons when planning your career.
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