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How to make the most of your boring corporate job

We were really excited to see our Mikey’s piece in the Washington Post the other day – Mikey is our Escape lead in the States – you can read the whole thing here.

Our favourite lines:

  • The job paid was very well, made my parents happy, and put a bold-faced name on my resume. But more often than not - I was miserable.
  • I took the job because like many people I was a box checker. I got good grades, got a good degree from a good university, and thought a well-paid corporate job was just another in a long list of boxes I needed to tick off. The problem? A well-paid corporate job does not equal fulfilment. And “find your passion” was never on the list.
  • What would I have done differently? First, I would have sought out mentors immediately. All too often, I turned to my boss for advice, but he was motivated to keep me focused and the department running smoothly, not to help me figure out what I want to do next with my life. Buy people coffee. Join a corporate sports team. Work on a company volunteer program.
  • In college there are grades, semesters and summer vacation. At work there is typically little feedback and even fewer reminders of how much time has passed. It all starts to bleed together.
  • The longer you stay in one place, the more “what ifs” life stacks up around you. Every job — even a humdrum, entry-level rung on the corporate ladder — has things it can teach you, but it doesn’t take long to master most of them. Learn what you can and move on.

You can read more about Mikey in this interview: http://wearenytech.com/303-mike-howe-partner-escape-the-city