Nine things I learned in the corporate world

Have a good command of business language. Working with top management and industry experts can be overwhelming. But it can also be very educational. It’s useful to pick up how they speak, as you can inject their language to your own emails and speeches – as appropriate, of course. The most effective way to communicate is to talk their language.

Follow rules, create some, and learn which ones to break. Being a member of a company with high standards forces one to adhere to several rules and standards. This is something I have experienced myself, and admittedly, some days I’m guilty of working my way around a hard task with results that beat the deadline but do not meet the standards. The will to maintain integrity should always win. Remember that you’re representing a brand, and moreover, your work also says a lot about your efficiency and creativity.

You won’t always get what you want. When I was 20, a hopeful fresh graduate, I had this illusion that I will always get my way: from the tasks that I will do to the articles I will write. On top of that, my boss will always be happy with my outputs. What can I say? I was a clueless little girl, and my colleagues can attest to that.

It can take a while for an ambitious young one to realize that such illusions are exactly just that: illusions

Appreciating processes. The problem with the creative mind is that it is rarely logical. I’ve always been the creative type, but it seems the corporate world has made me into a left-brain, much to my surprise. But as you gain years of experience, logic truly helps; and so does knowing the roadblocks and how to handle them.

Respect for authority. What makes a good disciple of any faith and a good citizen of any country is respect for authority. The corporate jungle is a good ground for practice as you meet and understand that just because you can’t see the leader, she/he isn’t doing anything. Sometimes, a leader works quietly to lay the groundwork of a long-term plan, for sustainable growth and overall success.

Finding a mentor. I’ve been blessed to have been under the tutelage of several excellent mentors since I started in my job. While this is still possible in an unstructured environment, there are not as many opportunities.

Making a decision. There will be times that you won’t have access to your boss or your boss’s boss, and time constraints will push you to make a decision. It’s scary and it’s nerve-wracking, but finding the courage to do this definitely has rewards.

The corporate world will teach you to be resourceful. When it seems you have no hour to squeeze a jog or do some sun salutations, you will find a way to make it happen – inside or outside the building.

The corporate world will teach you to value time. A minimum of eight hours of your day is dedicated to work will push you to make sure that the 16 left are spent to your liking. That means getting all the work done in eight hours or less.

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