When I was younger, I used to think of the working world as a glamorous place to be in. I thought that I would prance about in my power suit, making lots of money straight after graduation and giving countless instructions to juniors.
But now that I’m older, I realize that the working world is a bitter-sweet pill. As much as it can be difficult at times with long working hours and sometimes little pay, it also provides me opportunities to realize my dreams by working hard and smart.
Here are 25 things you’ll learn about business by 25:
It’s a dog-eat-dog world in the business world
As much as there are corrupt business people, there are honest ones who work hard and make an actual difference in the lives of people
The move towards entrepreneurship will probably happen before you hit 30 after you realize that you don’t want to be an employee forever
All you need to kick-start your business is a good idea that serves a purpose
Your values will determine your business ethics
Don’t lose yourself or throw away your integrity and honesty for money
Have good knowledge of labour laws
You’ll have to start at the bottom and work your way up the corporate ladder
Being an intern means that you do all the work that no one wants to do. That’s where you prove your worth as an employee and learn about the business
There are always processes to be followed. Learn and follow them
Make sure that the output of your work aligns with the key performance areas and responsibilities agreed to on your contract
Always work to the best of your abilities
Diarize your tasks for the day and tick them off as you complete them. This adds structure to your day to ensure that you complete what needs to be done
Always arrive on time
Adhere to the office dress code
Office politics are horrible. Avoid them if you can
Build good relations with your colleagues because you’ll be spending most of your time with them
Keep your desk tidy
Always answer your phone
Ask for a rotating chair with wheels. It makes moving around the office a little easier
It’s best to use a password lock on your computer, especially if you work in an open office. Sometimes colleagues play jokes by updating your Facebook status with something ridiculous
Always have the hard and soft copy of work documents. Hard-copy files sometimes grow legs and walk away, and soft copies sometimes get viruses
Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. A tired business person is an unproductive one
Make sure to have a good work/life balance. Everything in life has its place
Make sure that you do what you love. You’re spending approximately 294 days of each year in the office, so don’t waste that time by working a job that you hate.
*image from Time.