What I've Learned Being In A Corporate World

If you are a follower of my blogs, then probably you would have the idea that I am considering to quit from my job and leave a career behind.  One of the most important consideration that I have is staying with my family for good. Well, I didn't really leave them that long.  I was working abroad for about 6 years now and would fly back home at least twice a year.  There are also situations wherein I would come home thrice a year when there is a necessity for me to be there.  Thanks to the growing airline companies offering cheap airfares,  traveling has never been this easy. :)

For many years that I've been working both in the Philippines and abroad, I've learned a lot of things not only about my job but also about dealing with people and bosses.  I would say that my years of experience had brought me into great heights but on the side, I also had a lot of painful experiences.  I guess, there's really a truth to the saying that, "you can't have the best of both worlds".  Working on your career is not an easy thing to do, it entails a lot of discipline and determination but most of all, it takes a lot of patience and a great sense of maturity to handle those things coming your way.  Being in a corporate world, I've learned that life is indeed tough.  The competition is very stiff and everyone will do his best to be on the top.  Along the line, you would encounter a lot of people with different attitudes, different personalities and different aspirations.  You will either grow up with them or fall down with them, depending on the case.  Remember that so-called "crab mentality"?  It's true in many aspects and its quite difficult to get away with it.  I've met a few people who are advocates of "crab mentality" and are great fans of pessimism. People who would never see the good things and will always do their best to find mistakes in others.  Sometimes, I am telling myself, "Is life now really this tough? that people need to do such acts just to stay in their jobs?"  Probably yes...

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For those who are still enjoying their corporate jobs, here are some tips to stay where you are:
  • Remain humble and kind.  Do not try to empower others just to shine.  If you really possess that inner talents and you are doing the right job, people will see that.
  • Remain calm at all times, arguing with unreasonable people is such a waste of time.  Believe me, you will never win the argument dealing with these kind of people as they do not know how to accept mistakes.
  • Remain respectful of your Boss, your colleagues and your staff.  Do not put the "guilt" in yourself but rather put the "guilt" on them.  At the end of the day, you will be proud to say that you act more professionally than them.  If confronted with a situation, you may voice out your thoughts and opinions but try to do it in a subtle manner.  This way, you will earn the respect of others.
  • Stay away from people who are full of negativity.  You will not learn anything from them.  They will make you feeling down and discontented rather than uplifting your morale and spirit.
  • Be friendly at all times, but learn to be independent.  Remember, not all the faces you'll see are genuine, some have hidden agenda and you have to be aware of that.
  • Continue to nurture your craft.  Do not rely on others to improve yourself.  We are now on the verge of the technology where everything can be researched online.  If you keep on relying to others, they may take that gesture differently and use that against you.
  • Do not waste your time on nonsense things.  Learning is a never ending process. Even your Boss has still a lot to learn.  So devote your time to learning new things.  Do not be contented with what you currently know.     
  • Be a team player.  Show to everyone that you are willing to cooperate to achieve the company's objectives.  
  • Be observant, make suggestions when necessary and do not be afraid to leave feedback and comments.  Your Boss will appreciate you for that.
  • Best of all, be yourself.  Avoid making pretensions.  Do not mind about what other people will think of you.  We cannot please everybody no matter how much we try.
Here are only few of the long list of things that I gathered from my long years of working, I hope that you were able to get some ideas.  I am hoping to give you more of my life's experiences on my future posts.

Have a great week ahead! :)


  


Comments

  1. Great advise to follow. They are all applicable in the corporate world. I might add that your co-workers are just that. You're all there to work. They are not your family or close friends and don't make a mistake of thinking they are or you could be in for a nasty surprise. Of course there are co-workers who become genuine friends too.

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  2. Hi Krizza!

    I can relate to you. Really it's very tough being away from your loved ones just to earn for them. I mean, before, all I think of is earning lots of money to the extent of getting more. But I realize it's not all about money. What makes you happy is important. Being far away gives you pang of emotional anxiety, stress and depression that is not good to one's health. I know money is just there if you have the right attitude, perseverance and initiative to earn and make productive for your family.

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  3. great summation of 6 years work! very helpful
    for me what is important is to respect the rights of co-workers (other people)

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  4. Thanks for those tips. I already applied some of them.

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  5. I remember that you were contemplating on leaving your work for good, I have the same dilemma and My family come to Singapore every other month, but it's unbearable,

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  6. i have worked for 21 years but never abroad. icould only imagine the added challenge of being away from the family.

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  7. You have learned quite a handful of valuable lessons there. Those starting out on their corporate careers would surely appreciate these sound tips. I have learned these as well and I could vouch for the merits of all these.

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  8. If I may add, always watch your back. As they say, everybody in the office looks to you as a threat (in promotion) I think it is especially true in abroad wherein you are with different nationalities.

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  9. these are great points you've accumulated from your experience; very informative

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  10. Such great advice! It's true you can't please anybody. Be friendly and smile a lot:) Thanks for sharing this..:) very helpful

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  11. I haven't worked abroad too and have since the kids been born left the corporate world to work from home which I find all the more fulfilling without the office politics.

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  12. those are really good tips. One of the reasons why I don't think I will last very long at my kind of job is that I no longer feel motivated to improve or learn something new. It's a little difficult to explain. Of course I want to perform and I want my team to be the best, and I am willing to do what it takes to get there, but as for me, I am content where I am and am not interesting in getting promoted, even if it means a lot more money....

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  13. I hate crab mentality and pessimism too! Good thing, I have wonderful colleagues. That somehow makes life abroad a little easy. Thanks for the tips.

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  14. Great advice there. I have been working for like 20 years like Linnor (Sabbatical Gal) and every day is a work in progress. Sometimes it is very difficult to keep yourself grounded, stay away from negative people, remain calm, but trying to makes you a better person.

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  15. These are great advice. I often wonder how the politics can ruin work in a corporate atmosphere. There will be mostly cliques, I am mostly an introvert. I was more outgoing as a very young child but became quiet and reserved in my highschool days, opinionated but not outspoken. I wonder if I'll thrive in a corporate environment.

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  16. I was blessed to have a wonderful manager when I worked at the bank. He really wanted us to learn and he sincerely helped us and gave us advice. But, family called to me, and I don't think the competitive corporate world is my thing.

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  17. It's been a long time since I last had been a part of the corporate world. The tips you have shared are all true. What I learned most during that time is being a team player. I am happy that my team (headed a group of 4 or 5) did well though sometimes there were flaws but we handled things together.

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  18. Great advice! I've been in the corporate world for 13 years already. I've experienced ups and downs, I encountered a person who pulled me down just to let herself up. But over the time I learn to go with the flow. The tips you mentioned above, I'm doing all those to survive the tough life in this jungle.

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  19. Good pointers, perhaps you can also come up with article on how to survive an office politics. Even in offices there are politics too.
    Jelly was right, office is office and could not be considered family so we must draw the line.

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  20. Be humble and kind. That's what I always believe in. You gain much respect and trust by being one. Thanks for all the tips.

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  21. Are you really quitting your job, Ms. Krizza, or maybe pa lang? I do think this option is the best for your family. And I agree with everything you wrote, especially to stay away from negative people. :-)

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  22. Great advice! Thanks for this... I am in the corporate world, now and I know you really need to have a lot of patience and empathy. :D

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  23. Wow Krizza, you're quitting na? Congratulations dear! If it's for the family naman and that you and hubby agreed. :) Good luck dear! :)

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  24. Very helpful and useful tips sis. Thank you for sharing what you have learned.

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