I am wondering if I am right for the corporate world. I’ve just resigned from the last company and I was heartbroken, a little weary, but mostly lost.
For the last 2 years, I’ve tried to convince myself that I was doing the right thing. My kids are older now, in college, so I thought it was a good thing to enter the corporate world. I convinced myself that it was not just the right thing to do, but it would also give me the experience I needed. It would fill in the gaps in my life.
And also, I like to work. It gives my days meaning and purpose and the feeling of contributing to something bigger.
The companies I’ve worked for, especially during the pandemic, helped me do that. I am also in digital marketing. During the pandemic, it’s the rope companies are looking for.
I am always ready for a challenge but is it the KIND OF CHALLENGE that would bring meaning into my life as I ease into the sunset years of my life?
I faced many things throughout the 2 years of being employed full-time and here are my thoughts.
I want to fight the culture of age-ism. The world is glorifying youth because mental capacity, as they say, declines with age. They argue that the older we are, the less adaptable we are.
Although I can’t prove it myself but I bet a lot of employers see my profile or resume and think to themselves, “Gosh, that’s too old for our young, dynamic, thriving start-up”. Some employers may also harbor thoughts that old dogs can’t learn new tricks.
Not surprising at all.
A lot of people think that way. It’s sad because people with a little bit of experience behind them tend to bring a lot of experience with them. If I were the employer, I would focus on their personality and character to see if they are good mentors or leaders that can keep fuel the team. A good leader is an important role for any corporation.
Competitive Corporate Culture
Being competitive is great. When someone has the drive to become better every day, this person can go far in life and their profession.