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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The typical challenges you'll face working in the corporate world

By Helen Evans

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Corporate world

Working in the corporate world, especially after you have prepared yourself by going to college and getting a degree in the field of business, is a great way to earn a high salary, get benefits like health insurance and a retirement plan, and climb the ladder to even better positions as you advance in your workplace. But there are also many challenges that people face when they work for a large company, and you need to be prepared by understanding what these challenges are before entering the field.

A demanding work schedule

One of the first things many people who work in the business world complain about is their demanding schedule. In addition to working at least 40 hours per week, they may need to put in overtime hours to ensure that all their goals are accomplished on time. This can make it difficult for those who have families and children to take care of. But these long work hours can also be extremely stimulating for those who are excited for the work that they face every day and who are truly motivated to work hard to get ahead. If you want to find a way to live out your passion every day and make your work the focus of your life, a corporate job can certainly be a worthwhile direction to take, but if you feel the schedule would be too much for you to handle, it's best to work in the business world in another capacity.

Competitive co-workers

The corporate world can definitely be competitive, even amongst co-workers. So while you may be focused on getting the company ahead of the competition, you may also find yourself struggling to prove your abilities against other co-workers who are either out for your position or for the same promotion that you are after. But, again, even though there is this challenge to face, there is also a great sense of camaraderie among co-workers in a corporate job, and one of the best things about working in the field is the ability to collaborate on projects and make wonderful things happen together to move the company forward.

Multiple managers above you

Another challenge that many workers in the corporate world face involves having multiple managers above them. This can put a lot of pressure on an individual. So if you prefer working at your own pace and being your own boss, a job in corporate business might not be a great fit. On the other hand, if you don't mind working with multiple bosses and managers and keeping them on top of all you have been up to, this could be a great way to use your education and experience in business to advance your career.

Despite it all…

It's important to remember that every job, not only a corporate job, has its own set of challenges, and you should educate yourself on what these challenges are before embarking upon a career path so that you know whether or not it's really right for you. 

About the author: Helen Evans is a freelance writer and editor who regularly submits articles about career paths that people can take with a variety of degrees. Because of her background in business, however, she feels comfortable telling people not only about the field's many benefits, but also about its challenges too. 

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