4 Things I’ve Learned in the Corporate World

If you’ve been with me for quite a while, you most probably have noticed that one of my most favorite lines goes like this:

“Time flies so fast, no?”

True enough, I’ve always caught myself pondering on the thought whether randomly like when I’m in transit or when I look at something or someone and realize how time has changed them.

Time flies so fast indeed that as of this writing, I’ve already reached my fourth year as a professional. It has been a crazy, interesting, heartbreaking and purposeful roller coaster ride. In the four years, I’ve learned that:

  1. Studying well while in school pays off

Yes it does, for the kiddos out there. Algebra, Physics and Chemistry- unless you’re majoring in them are not really useful when you go into the corporate field. However, the patience and perseverance you cultivate in the process of learning those will be your armor and shield when you get into the corporate world. Point is, while you’re still in college, spend more time learning outside the books. While you bank on knowledge by the books, balance it by building your leadership and communication skills.

2. With the sufficient amount of will, you can learn anything

The corporate world embodies the famous adage we all know,”Change is constant.” In a blink of an eye, there could be restructures, lay offs and next thing you know, you’re back to the starting line again. At that moment when you feel like you’ve mastered your craft, you’ll be thrown into the unknown and be forced to learn skills you’re never really good at. Experiencing those  I’ve seen and learned that there’s no such thing as not having the ability to learn a new process. You can- no matter how unrelated it is to what you’re good at. It’s just a matter of will and want to learn. If you want it, you can learn it and you can withstand whatever hardship will come your way.

And the reward? A great sense of fulfillment that will never be equaled by staying in the status quo.

3. Be intentional in your learning and development.

I’ve learned that the corporate world can give an employee a sense of “small wins.” A task completed or a new process learned can easily give you a feeling of success. That feeling of accomplishing something and being productive. Not that you shouldn’t celebrate small victories, you definitely should give yourself a pat in the back for a job well done. Point is, be specific and be mindful in what you want to learn and where you want to go.

4. Humility is the key

Be as humble and as open as you can. The moment when you think that you know it all is the very moment when you stop learning- and you wouldn’t want that.

Looking back and living in the present just makes me feel so blessed and grateful. It makes me even more excited of what is yet to come.

If you ever come across this writing and has learned a thing or two in your corporate life or profession, feel free to leave a reply i’d love to hear it! 🙂

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