Working in Corporate America: Is this really for me?
Since graduating college, I’ve had “four” full-time jobs. My first job, I worked as an Admissions Representative, making a minimum of 50 outbound calls a day to prospective students to determine their educational needs, concerns, and interests to only be hung up on and/or cursed out. My second full-time job, was a contract, temporary position as an Office Assistant at a car dealership. That job was probably the most enjoyable, simply because I liked the people I worked with, I wasn’t sitting in an extremely small cubicle, but the pay was too mediocre. My third full-time job, which I worked at for all of one and half weeks, was a Recruiter at a staffing agency, recruiting healthcare professionals in the local area. My current full-time job, I work as an HR Assistant. This cubicle at my current job is a tanch bit more spacious and this is the most highest paying job I’ve had thus far. As I am ending my second week working at this job, I have come to the realization that working in Corporate America just isn’t for me.
I don’t understand how people can honestly, truly come to work every day, sit behind a desk, and look at a computer screen for 8 hours or more a day. Do your eyes not hurt? Do you not get bored? Does your back not hurt after sitting for a long period of time? You don’t feel like going for a jump, hop, skip, or run after the first hour or in my case, the first 30 minutes of sitting and looking at this dread awful computer screen?
Or just maybe, I am not cut out for Corporate America. I rather be somewhere sitting behind a canvas and painting, in front of a camera, modeling for some brand that I can’t even pronounce, or maybe even behind the camera shooting for some brand that I can’t even pronounce, give me a pencil and/or pen to write a short story, book, and/or blog post, give me a sketch pad so that I can design that Spring 2018 line.
Here are a couple of reasons I know I am not made for Corporate America:
I can’t handle sitting at a desk all day
I lowkey, actually maybe highkey have ADD and/or ADHD and to be still and still at a desk for 8 hours is entirely draining and frustrating. I begin to get sleepy and my mind begins to wonder off and I think about other things.
- The repetitive life has zero excitement
It’s the same routine every day. You wake up, go to work in your small ass cubicle and stare at your computer screen, blankly, for 8 hours. It’s a daily routine behavior that doesn’t enhance my personal and/or professional growth.
- I have dreams of starting my own company
Whether it’s becoming a successful blogger, coming up with my own non-profit organization, becoming a model, or whatever, having a full-time 8-5 job is not going to help me in any way. When I get off work, I’m too tired to go home and do research on what I need to do to go to my next step, I’m too busy at work to go out to an open call or to meet with a bank to get financial help with starting a non-profit organization. Regardless of anything corporate America is draining and doesn’t help me get to that next step I want in life.
With all that said and done, why won’t I quit my job in Corporate America you ask? Simply because I can’t. It’s a steady paycheck and not only that, but because I’m not 100% sure with what it is I want to do in life. With each different job I’ve held, besides the Office Assistant, I’ve applied and taking them all because I thought they were all a career path I wanted to go on. I thought I wanted to work in admissions on a college campus someday, maybe I wanted to be a recruiter, and/or work in HR at a prestigious company, but the reality of it is, I don’t want to do any of that. I want to be my own boss, make my own schedule, do and go as I please, do something that’s creative, and helping others.