FutureLab
What are the biggest lessons to learn in the corporate world?

The biggest lessons for me in the corporate world is that whatever you do should be driven first and foremost by your own personal passion. I find that it is far easier to be successful when you are working towards a goal you personally believe in. Besides, when so much of your life is spent working, why not pick something you enjoy?

What you learn in uni helps but not as much as getting exposure through experience and networking. Oh, not to forget PowerPoint/Excel skills, pitching skills and managing people. Those are, I believe, the toughest!

Although I generally prefer working in mid-sized startups over large corporations, there are a few important lessons that I picked up and will be thankful for from my time working in a bank:

1) Processes - When a business is growing and picking up speed, processes allow for more streamlined operations, clearer communication and more efficient output

2) Being concise - When you're speaking to your bosses who have had 30 years of experience in the corporate world, you have minutes to deliver your point across. I used to get cut off by my ex-boss for not answering his questions within the first sentence. It's a skill that I found really helped me keep future conversations with others short and snappy, without sacrificing value.

3) Resilience - Some of the toughest people that you will meet are in corporates. It may suck at the time to have to answer to or deal with them. They will critique your work, attitude and performance with little to zero filter. But it's these people who will help you build up the thick skin that can and will take you places as your career progresses.