Sometimes the corporate world can feel like career Heaven, with loads of challenging projects and an awesome benefit package. And sometimes it can feel like cubicle Hell, where you endlessly grind away at something you don’t believe in and are powerless to change.
Maybe your career priorities have shifted over time, or maybe this gig is just a pit-stop on your way to better things. Whatever has put you in corporate survival mode, here are 3 things to remember to help you get through the days:
You are not your job. Of course you want your work to align with your personal mission and beliefs, and maybe this isn’t exactly the career you imagined. But sometimes it takes awhile to get there. In the meantime, focus on who you are outside of work. Good health, positive relationships and engaging interests are just as important as your day job. Volunteering also has surprising time and energy benefits.
You are in control. Maybe not every minute of every day, but unless you work on the production line, there is likely some flexibility in how you arrange your time and activities. You definitely control when get to work, how you look, what you do during breaks and lunch…you get the idea. You chose to be here (yes, you really did) and you get to choose how each day will go down. Choose wisely.
You are here to learn. You are in the best place to observe organizational dynamics and to absorb how businesses really work. Bureaucracies can be mind-numbingly slow to change, but the upside is that it gives you a chance to learn what really moves the needle. At the task level, having a variety of departments around you gives you the opportunity to explore what interests you and start growing your skill set accordingly.
How about you? Are you in corporate Heaven or Hell? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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