I’ve been in the corporate jungle for 31 years, but I still feel the fire burning. I will admit that there will be hard times, but at the end of the day, you will be grateful.
In 1991. I took a year off after graduation. It was my father’s decision because of this idea that if you start working, you can’t rest.
Who am I to complain then? I have an allowance as I was still in school. This went on for almost a year. Eventually, he gave me an ultimatum. I was given seed money with a long work order before the funds ran out. Otherwise, I’m on my own. However, he still told me to deposit it in the bank.
My father was right. When I started working, there was no gap since 1992, even when I had to change jobs.
I sent my resume to different companies and was accepted by some. I narrowed my choices down to two and chose, only to end up with the same company I’m with now. And this after 17 years of working with four different companies.
I grew up studying using a typewriter as an alternative to handwritten work. Imagine the horror of meeting a computer with DOS as its operating system and using FOX software. It was difficult, and my fingers were very heavy on the keyboard. I keep forgetting that I don’t use a typewriter anymore.
I have seen and experienced banking from its manual days to where it is today. My office colleagues and I enjoyed the first talking ATM. We like to think that this will speak to the strength of your balance.
From pagers to digital telecommunications, we’ve seen and experienced it all before. In my years in the telecom industry, I have seen it grow from short message service (SMS) to multimedia messaging service (MMS) and internet messaging platforms.
Today is the day.
Technology is only part of the changes. Management style has also changed, as have corporate policies and culture. What used to be forbidden is now allowed.
I belong to Generation X and primarily work with Baby Boomer bosses. Today, I have fellow Millenials and Gen Z. To survive, you have to adjust and keep updating yourself.
It’s two-way traffic, they learn from your experience, and you have a thing or two to learn from them.
There comes a time when the mentee becomes the mentor.
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