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Surviving the Corporate World

As a fresh graduate or someone who has been in the corporate world aka the real world for some time now, it is not uncommon to yearn for tips on how you can survive in this competitive world. So, if you are on the verge of throwing in the white flag, or just someone who is sincerely wanting to learn some hacks, here are some tips from Andrew Tan, Country Manager of Wantedly Singapore.

1.    Be like a sponge

 

If you’re new to an industry or have just entered the work force, one great tried and tested tip is to be like a sponge! The start of a career journey is often filled with uncertainties, but take it as a chance to experience everything you can. Whether to take the lead in a new project or to venture into a new career, be proactive to do so as these experiences will prove itself rewarding at the end of the day. It can reveal things about your likes and dislikes, your weaknesses and strengths, the necessary skills or experiences that you’re lacking in, and what you should be achieving.

Another great tip from Andrew, is to find yourself a mentor. During his early years of working, he had actively sought out for  a mentor to guide him in the industry that he was in. Recounting the many experiences that he had when he felt lost with his life, the mentor would often be like a walking encyclopaedia to help him get back onto his feet.
 
2.    Know the expectation and raise the bar


It is important to know the expectations set out for you. One way of finding out is to speak to the HR staff during the hiring process, or your reporting officer (RO) if you have been in the role for some time. Often enough, the expectations would have been detailed out in the job description. However, to take it to the next level,  ask them about the career progression opportunities.. Frame it in such a way that you see your success is in line with the company’s success, and you’ll bedetermined to perform your best.

Once you understood the expectations set out for you in the role, then it is up to you to exceed those expectations. Doing so will set you apart from the rest of the employees, and like the unspoken winning rule say, "Performance is key”, making this your career mantra will definitely help you to ride out any waves in this corporate abyss.

3.    Show your worth


Don’t be afraid to step out of your shell to get the recognition when its due. Make an attempt to grab the spotlight and have the traits that differentiate you from the rest.

One outstanding trait is to become a master at your job. Check all the points that you need to know. We live in a world where information is readily available. Make Google and YouTube your best friends and be so good at your job that people go to you for information.

Apart from that, be someone who is able to do it all, yet able to extend good will to others in need. As action speaks louder than words, extending help to others will present yourself well in the eyes of others.

Lastly, keep track of all your performance and their impacts. Any companies would want to retain their best talents, so proving that you are an asset to the company is one sure way to surviving the corporate world.