When to Make the Leap to Corporate Life
Many people starting a new job will have thought at one time or another about making the leap to working in a corporate environment. This can be an intimidating step for anyone who has been working within a smaller firm, and it is important that this transition is handled carefully to ensure you get the most out of your new position.
In order to make this move successfully, there are several things that you should keep in mind when considering whether or not it’s the right choice for you. One of these is to think through why you want a different type of work environment – if it is simply because you want a higher salary, then your focus should instead be on negotiating better pay from your existing company. However, if moving into a corporate office seems like the best option for your career, make sure you consider the following before taking the leap:
The most important thing to consider is whether or not you really want a corporate job. There are many benefits to working in a smaller environment, and it is likely that you will miss these if moving into a big company isn’t actually what’s best for you.
You must be prepared to work hard – whatever salary increase may come with this move is unlikely to be worth it if you end up exhausted from overworking, and find yourself longing once again for the laid-back atmosphere of your previous employer.
Be aware that while some corporate environments don’t involve much traveling, others may expect very long hours on meeting clients and attending workshops and conferences, and therefore you could lose a lot of time to commuting.
It is important that you make sure your new employer understands how much effort it takes to move from a small company environment into a bigger one – this way they can support you if you feel like you’re struggling or unappreciated for the work that you do.
Do not just assume that moving into corporate life will be better than what you’re currently doing – by considering all of these factors before making the change, there is less chance of disappointment later on.
– If possible, work in both an office and with smaller companies so that you can compare the two experiences and decide which is best for your own personal situation. This may help answer any questions about whether you should make the move, or whether it’s necessary for your future success.
– Think carefully about what you are prepared to give up in order to attain a higher salary and better benefits – some people are happy with their existing work environment, so don’t feel like you have to leave just for the money.
– Make sure that you understand why you want this change – if all it is, is because your current job doesn’t pay very well, then try asking yourself if another company will really offer more than what you currently have.
– If there are plenty of jobs available within your area, then perhaps it is best to wait until one of them becomes available rather than just making the leap into corporate life. Sometimes patience can be rewarding, especially if you are able to stay with the job you have without losing out on any of your current benefits or salary.
These guidelines should make it easier for you to decide whether or not making the move into the corporate sector is the right choice for you, and ensure that once your decision is made, you will be prepared to handle this big change in a successful way.
– It’s important that you understand exactly what moving into a larger company will mean because there are plenty of things that could catch you off guard otherwise – try doing some research so that your transition goes smoothly.
– If your new employer has an open-door policy regarding hours, don’t hesitate to use it – working too much isn’t good for anyone, so if you feel the need to talk about anything that might be getting in the way of your work, then don’t be afraid to do so.
– It’s important that you understand what your company expects from you – some jobs may require a lot more time spent traveling and on client meetings than others would. Make sure you can handle this before accepting any job offers so as not to regret your decision later on.
– You should also be prepared to accept a lower salary if making the change to corporate life, even though you are likely to make more money eventually – it is necessary for most bigger companies to hire new people at entry-level positions with low salaries until they prove themselves capable of moving up the company ladder later down the line. Try asking yourself if you are willing to take this initial loss for the sake of your future earnings.
– You should also expect that your first few days or even weeks at your new workplace will be slightly uncomfortable – there is a good chance that full-time employees have been working together for longer than you have, so don’t feel them trying to fight against your integration into the company.
If all else fails, simply ask yourself if you would enjoy working in a large office environment with lots of people and constant activities going on every day:
– Do you like deadlines and constant pressure? If not, then corporate life may not be right for you.
– Would you prefer long commutes and out-of-office meetings over getting to know who your co-workers are and what they do?
– Do you value your own time highly, or would you rather spend it doing something more productive than commuting and attending meetings?
If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, then corporate life probably isn’t for you. Remember that no matter how much money you could potentially make, working in an office is a job like any other: if you hate it, then there’s no sense in putting yourself through such an unhappy experience just because everyone else expects it. You will be happier if you pursue a career that puts your own needs first – no one else will be as invested in your future as you should be.