Congrats, you've successfully wasted four years of your life and put yourself in a huge amount of debt just to get yourself a piece of paper that validates your corporate job. While it was a grueling process, you finally graduated and it feels as if, for a brief period of time, a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Enjoy the feeling while it lasts because come Monday morning, you are going to be put back in your place by this thing we call the corporate world.
Now that you have graduated and were one of the lucky ones to be able to secure a job in corporate America, your 'real life' experience awaits. Congratulations on studying your ass off for four years just so you can be someone's bitch. While there are perks like healthcare, job security and room for promotion at your current job, there are also some pitfalls. Many people working in corporate America turn out miserable.
The common misconception with jobs and working to make a living is that people feel that they don't have to enjoy their work. This thought process leaves many people sitting in their cubicles everyday counting down the hours until 5pm so they can get out. Many people overlook the fact that work should be enjoyed, it's the thing that you will be doing for the rest of your life, so why not make it worth your while and do something that is going to make you happy? Here are the 10 reasons why your corporate job is going to suck:
You will feel as if you're selling your life away.
The constant need to work early mornings into the late hours will deflate you in no time. With these wild working hours, you will notice that whatever is left of your social life is completely gone and you will feel that work is the only life you have outside of sleeping.
This work, home, sleep lifestyle will soon wear you down, but the worst part is that you can't quit because those college loans need to be paid. Watching a chunk of your paycheck go towards college loans is a horrible experience and it only gets worse every time your alarm clock rings to wake you to start your day.
Your job becomes more of an obligation than something you should enjoy.
People in corporate America are under the impression that they do not have to enjoy themselves while at work. You have to realize that your career should be a choice. Just because you studied accounting or finance in college does not mean you have to stick to that profession when you graduate.Although finance and accounting seem like rewarding careers, it all comes down to your willingness to spend countless hours at the office while your money piles up and you don't have the time to enjoy it.
What's the point of having all this money if you can't spend it properly with the people you enjoy most? Don't be the person that works a certain job because they have to, be on the constant look out for better jobs that should guide you into careers that will make you happy.
You are nothing more than a means to an end.
In particularly large companies, you are just a number. Your whole purpose is to put in your time in order for the company to run its operations. You are merely a single, minute creature that has no say in the way things operate. It is a truly dehumanizing experience as no one really cares about you beyond what little value you bring to the company at the time.
Unless you are one of the big closers or bring in huge accounts, no one really cares about your presence. Your voice is practically unheard because everyone around you feels like they know better and they don't give you a chance to voice your opinion.
You have 30 or 40-year-olds telling you what to do with your life.
One of the biggest problems with corporate America is that you will work for people around your parents' age and they feel like they know everything. They constantly attempt to tell you what to do and keep reminding you that the path you have chosen is the best for you.
They lived in a different time, yet they somehow feel that today's work environment is similar to the one they grew up in. With today's unemployment rates and high student loan debts, we are facing a different battle. Our generation must do whatever it can to get employment, it requires us to think outside the box and seek unorthodox jobs.
The people you work with are two-dimensional stiffs.
Because the people you work with will predominately be older than you, their sense of humor is quite antiquated. They will not be able to connect with you on a social level because of their age and the things you are interested do not cross their mind. This truly makes working with them an unenjoyable experience and something to dread every day.
Climbing the corporate ladder is slow, painful and extremely political.
Your first few months will consist of you doing mostly menial tasks that senior officials don't feel like doing. This is just something you have to accept and there is nothing you can do about it. If someone wants something done, you have no choice but to do it. This is until you gain some seniority, but once you're past b*itch level, you are on your own and getting to the top is no easy task.
You will have to painfully climb the corporate ladder, which is highly political and time consuming. A good thing to notice is that in today's job market, there isn't much job security, so you shouldn't expect to be working more than 5 to 10 years at one company.
Due to the fact that you are new, senior managers are less likely to give you creative control.
Unlike working at a startup where your role in the company can change constantly depending on where you're needed, in a corporation you are pretty much stuck with a given role. In each position, you have to answer to a manager who tells you what to do. In a corporation, because of the hierarchical system, you have little to no say in the way things operate. Your creative control is limited due to the fact that everyone above you feels like they know better than you just because they've been there longer than you.
Everyone has their vices, but that shouldn't be a reason your work doesn't get done. Corporate jobs have very strict deadlines, which puts immense pressure on employees. It turns out some workers turn to other pick me ups for an added boost. Corporations have very strict drug codes and many people lose their jobs over failed drug tests, as long as you get your work done well and on time, who is to judge you on your vices?
You will forever be working under someone.
In America, if you truly want to make it and live life as you please, your corporate job is not the way to go. You will never achieve true economic freedom working for someone because your employer is only making money if profit margins are good. In order to keep profit margins at a suitable level, they must save money wherever they can.
One place where they attempt to save the most money would be with employee salaries. If you want to be independent, you must follow your dreams and attempt to build your own company with your own clients.
The people you work with are pretty much established and don't have the same drive as you.
As a young and hungry individual, it is only right that you strive for excellence. You will work towards becoming a standout worker just so you can work your way up the corporate ladder. In a corporation, many of your senior managers have already made it and achieved the highest level that they can. Because of this, they pretty much know what they have to do on a day-to-day basis and they are just counting down the days to retirement.
Many of us can get in a trap and be inspired by our managers to sit back and act as if our future is secure. In a startup, you are surrounded by highly driven and motivated individuals because this is the life that they chose and many times there is no turning back. If you want to motivate yourself, you should surround yourself with like-minded individuals who are just as motivated as you are, this will ensure to keep you on your toes and always striving for the best.
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