Dealing with Corporate America as a Creative
As a teenager, we were taught to go to school and get good grades so that you could get a scholarship to attend a 4-year university. Then, as college students, we were taught to find a major that was lucrative, get good grades so that you could graduate with honors and land the ultimate dream job. Well what you weren’t taught was how to handle that “dream job” in corporate American when it ends up being something that you actually hate. Excuse my language, because you should never hate anything. And don’t get me wrong, because I am very thankful and appreciative for having the opportunity to work where I actually use my degree. Yet, as a creative, I have reached a point where I can no longer take it. The day-to-day politics that consume corporate America are not only ridiculous; they are overwhelming. I know I’m not the only one who is currently experiencing this type of feeling. So, I thought it would be helpful to share some tips on how I’ve been able to remain sane for the past few months. The 3 simple P’s: Proactive, Patient and Positive.
Tip #1: Be proactive
Of course it is no secret that you aren’t happy with your current work situation. If you’re like me, I’m sure all your friends, family and some coworkers know of your frustration. Yet, YOU are the only one who can change it. So, instead of spending your time complaining about what you don’t like, be proactive in determining you next move! Figure out what it is that you really want to do and make a plan!
It can become overwhelming for some when you try to think of things all at once. So, give yourself attainable goals that you can actually complete over the course of the next few months to help you successfully complete your plan of switching careers, companies or even becoming a full time entrepreneur. Be specific with your plan, and most important be real with yourself. The worst thing for someone who is frustrated with their current work situation to do is give themselves unrealistic deadlines. Not only will that cause more frustration, it can also lead to self-doubt, which will ultimately stop the progression you are searching for. In this stage of being proactive, make sure to write all your thoughts, plans and actions down! This helps you stay on top of your plan and any actions you’ve given yourself but, it also serve as a reminder of what you want your end results to be.
Tip #2: Be patient
Now, while you are diligently working on your plan remember that greatness doesn’t happen over night so, be patient. It’s definitely easier said than done, especially when you were ready to leave your job like yesterday (trust me I know). But understand that this is all a process. And the completion of your plan is more so like journey instead of a race. I would hate for you to make a rash decision to leave your current job before you have something set in place. Or even worse, to leave something you hate to end up in the same situation. So take your time, look at all your options and make sure that the things you are doing align with your plan.
Know that what’s meant for you will come your way when you are actually ready for it. God will make sure of it! So don’t stress or get antsy. Pray and continue to work on meeting those deadlines that you have set for yourself.
Tip #3: Be positive
One of the hardest things for us as humans to do, when we are going through a rough time in our life, is have an optimistic outlook on the situation. Naturally we tend to think the worst or create a dramatic ending to the story that we are selves didn’t even write. Well in order for you to get through this phase of corporate America successfully you must be positive. Think of your current job situation as a lesson! A lesson placed in your life to teach you something about yourself, others or a mixture of both.
While you are waiting for that recruiter to notice your resume or to get the call for the final interview, be positive and know that God is working. According to the bible, death and life are in the power of the tongue. Therefore, whatever you put in the atmosphere will manifest over your life. It’s up to you to decide in which way.
While these tips are super simple, they can also be the most difficult things to remember when you are at your breaking point with corporate America. So write them down, on paper or in your phone, to help keep them at the forefront of your mind. As a millennial I know the importance of being happy while at work. Being that we have to spend majority of our waking hours there, we deserve every right to be fulfilled in what we do! So, if you are ready to make that transition, no matter how big or small, let’s get to it! If there are any tips that you have to recommend or if you have any questions please let me know! I too am traveling that same journey of switching out of corporate America, so we’re all in this together (yikes that definitely sounds like high school musical) Anywhoo, till next time loves!