After getting your most coveted diploma and be freed from the paperful responsibilities of being a student, truth just slaps you in your face for you to realize that you are long waited at the corporate world, the dreaded real thing! The adjustments will be rapid and deadly, and you being a mere complacent individual would hardly survive.
Gents and gals, despite this harsh reality, I will not play Captain Hook here and further spread multiple negativities. Instead, I will try to ease the burden by introducing you the seven types of people you are set to meet in your journey towards a successful career. Let me start the enumeration in three..two..one.
1. The Know-it-All Guy/Gal
For a budding career endeavor, these people will be of great help. Basically, they can teach you everything about work and most of its people. They have worked long and hard enough that you are even convinced that they deserve more or at least what they have as of the moment. For the record, they can even be the source of the meatiest talks like company politics and the like. Piece of advice for you: Know courtesy and respect. You owe it to them.
2. The Outliers
As the term connotes, you will ask what’s the fault in your fate that you don’t meet, wrong with you star-crossed people that never cross paths. You will soon blame it to the diversity, ethnocity and other elements for letting you settle at opposite ends. You never share anything in common (except that you work on the same place) and it is almost impossible for you to jive. You don’t get them as much as you are to them. Piece of advice for you: Let them be and mind your own. You are not working to gain enemies. And please don’t play friendly Dora/Diego, they will curse you for that.
3. The Wallflowers
You remember the five thousand people gathered for that Himala scene a very long time ago, the next type is their descendants. They are the real time crowd takers. They have lived with that “majority should win” mantra and have neglected to decide on their own. They are used to group surveys and they patiently wait for your response and copy it forward. You will grow tired understanding the way they jump into decisions, be it personal or career wise. They usually lie on popularity votes. Piece of advice for you: Just believe that you will gain something from them; it is to speak up and be firm with your ideals especially if you can stand with your arguments. That for you is an advantage.
4. The user-friendly
Enumerating their tactics can fill up this whole space, but you will surely agree with me that it will be a total waste. They are the kind that will befriend you, get along with you, keep your company and share secrets with you- secrets that are really not so in nature. Believing in all their good deeds, you will share with them all you know about work and life and soon use it to their advantage. If they can no longer get anything from you, they will dump you and leave you behind. Piece of advice for you: Be wary of this kind. They are highly dangerous. Keep your guards up always and if your instinct tells you that your companions fall under this category, dispose them right away. This life isn’t about keeping unfit dirty working machines.
5. The Virtual Companion/s
Almost there, but just close. They are the type that you could connect to for you share many commonalities. You enjoy each other’s company and can talk to a multitude of things – only that you mainly lack face to face interactions. You work under the same department or group but you only catch each other via social networking sites and modern tools of communication like chat and phone calls. Piece of advice for you: You keep them ( I know you want too.) This is a work in process thing and you can either have them placed soon on the 6th or 7th slate of this roster.
6. The Best Buds
You owe a lot to them for doing you the smallest up to the biggest favors. They make you laugh through cracking jokes. They feed you. They listen to your hang ups and tantrums. They can even cry with you at your heart wrenching moments. They make your corporate stay as easy and flawless as it can be. They are the awesomest people you meet at work. Piece of advice for you: Return the favor. Make their each workday with you worthwhile. Who knows, the bond can be forever!
7. The Ultimate Inspiration
Lucky are you to find him/her at your work place. He/she makes your day complete and even brightens it more. He/She can fuel up the resting determination in your heart. He/she uplifts your spirit. His/her dazzle and charm just aids you in achieving your potential. You look up to him/her so bad you enthrone him/her in the core of your deepest fancies. He/she can be just a work inspiration or a future romantic partner, it depends on you and the underlying circumstances. Piece of advice for
you: Keep the faith and positivity. What will be, will be. 🙂
At the end of this journey, you will realize that it no longer matter how good you are in this “taxonomy” thing. You can meet and know them without gaining anything worthwhile or realizing something amazing. What matters most will still be you – the real competition, the soldier of the army, the master of the game – and how long have you gone far or otherwise. This will still boil down to you – either you carve out the monster lurking in the dark or you bring out the majestic mover who turns everything in tiptop shape. So for the final piece of advice: keep your core. Meeting and working with these people will be a redefining moment for you- who you are and who you are going to be. Never budge. You are set to make wonders, kid!