So one of the reasons i started this blog, besides wanting to document my corporate fashion journey, was to also document my shift from varsity girl to corporate lady. I can’t believe it’s been almost 6 months now since I’ve started working. That said, I’m no expert in navigating the working world but there are few fundamental things I’ve learnt since being here.
• Don’t take it personally
I will admit this is not my own piece of advice but rather something I took away from an event I went to recently. In the corporate world things do get tough and you always need to remember to never take it personally. This is obviously easier said than done especially when you’re trying to navigate this new fast paced environment. You will go through moments where you feel like “why am I being attacked” but its always important to remember: Don’t take it personally. At the end of the day everyone just wants to see the business grow and even though some things seem personal remember that people just have the business’s best interests at heart
• Become an expert
I can only speak on what I know and what I know is my field of IT so naturally this may not necessarily be relevant in other fields. When I say become an expert I mean find something and know so much of it that you become the go to person for that thing, big or small. Know a system or application or programming language from the inside out. Even though its important to know all aspects of your line of work, if you hone in on one part of it, you’ll be turning yourself into an invaluable pool of knowledge. And this is definitely one of those things that are easier said than done depending on your environment.
• SPEAK UP
No one is gonna babysit you and figure out what’s best for you. You know what’s best for you so speak up about it. If you’re unhappy, speak up. If you’re angry, speak up. And also in the literal sense SPEAK UP, literally project your voice. No one is going to listen to you if you’re whispering. As women we are more likely to let someone else speak over us but its important not to. I won’t lie, even I still tend to withhold my opinion sometimes or speak a bit lower because of uncertainty and I still have those moments when I want to say something and I’m just like, no never mind and that’s something I’m working on.
• Find a release
Work can get really stressful and I believe its important to have something else in your life where you can just go to forget about it. For me its my blog -even though its technically work related, haha- its my personal getaway. I think it’s very important to have a hobby and even better if it’s one that improves your quality of life socially, physically or mentally.
• It’s okay not to have a plan.
I used to get anxious over the fact that everyone around me seemed to have it all figured out and I at most had a 1 year plan. Now I know that that’s perfectly fine. Just do what you do, work at doing it the best you can and the rest will follow. I’ve been fortunate enough to speak to some very accomplished people and even most of them would say they just went with it. Just work hard and give it 100% and I believe the right paths will open for you.
Hopefully 5 and even 25 years from now all these things that I’ve mentioned above will still be valid and I hope that even in the smallest way this post will help anyone trying to navigate the corporate world.
Let me leave you with this little note:
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”
– Colin Powell
Is there anything you’ve learnt since joining the working world? Comment below..