I moved to Delhi just a few months ago as I was selected in an interview of a multi-national bank. I was a little bit confused at first whether should I go for this job which is far away from my home and is giving not too much in financial terms. But I can’t complain as I was only a fresher for this job and I didn’t have much of an experience. But my parents told me to go for it as it would provide me the experience and no other job will pay me more just for qualification of a graduate! That’s right guys, it was a bitter truth to swallow but it was true, graduate degree is as useless as a 10th class certificate in today’s world.
But when I reached Delhi before my first day of the job, I was looking for any excuse that would help me get back to my hometown where life is so easy and where you can hide yourself from others asking what are you doing these days, now you have completed your graduation. Tell me if I’m wrong. But I hold my nerves and went for it.
It was a scary feeling at my first day of the job but my colleagues help me calm my nerves and welcomed me with a bright smile. My manager introduced himself and talked about the different teams working in the organization for the better good of the customers and all the other things they wanted me to let know. Yeah it was a good day at the end. I end up eating McVeggie with my fellow colleagues and departed home with a hope that “YES, I CAN DO SOMETHING IN THIS CORPORATE WORLD!”
So, I’ll let you guys know from my 5-6 months of experience that what are the 4 key things that will help you make a better career in the Corporate world:
1). Master your communication and soft skills
That should be the first key you should keep in mind which will show that you are capable enough to stay in this organization. Communication skills are the skills that helps you make others understand what you are trying to convey in the best possible manner. Soft skills are a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills and all other personal attributes that enables you to navigate your environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve your goals with 100% efficiency. Master these and people will get to know that this person is the right fit to be here,
2). Never Stop Learning
Yes, that’s right. Whenever you join any organization, please adhere to all the mandatory trainings whether they are on-the-job or off-the-job. On the job will let you work in a similar environment where you are allowed to commit any mistakes and know how to avoid them. Similarly, off-the-job trainings will include sessions with the trainer where you can clear your theoretical doubts, brush up your skills and can have a Q & A for your better understanding of the job you do. Never stop learning is a must important reminder for the ones who want to excel in their careers.
3). Believe In What You Do
Believing in what you do can be the most hard task to perform while working in the corporate industry because people are not sure if they are contributing anything to their career, to the society or even to the job they perform. If you feel like this is not the job I would like to do for the next five years, be open-minded to find another options and pick those jobs which defines you and suits you the most. And if you are totally satisfied to work in the private and especially in the corporate sector, be patient, believe in what you are doing right now and contribute your maximum potential that will enhance your career and be the person that is you.
4). Maintaining Core to Non-Core Activities Ratio
Not only the core activities are in the wishlist of a corporate employer in today’s competitive era. Yes they do want you to complete your targets and increase your productivity within the given set standards and stipulated time-frame, but they also want something more i.e. you to perform non-core activities as well. Non-core activities include organizing any meeting sessions with different teams, taking ownership of any such activity which your senior is not able to perform in that particular time set, speaking up in your daily huddles and much more. Balancing the Core to Non-Core Activities Ratio will help you achieve many obstacles spread in your way and can add to the experience timeline as well.