Before my transition into education, I worked in many corporations. I always hoped to make a difference and give my big personality a platform any company would love. In previous blogs, I have discussed my extensive background, education, and volunteer experience. After escaping (what could have been a trap from my true happy career), I found that many corporate environments have become even more toxic with the illusion of possible success.
Corporate environments (specifically call centers) are designed to create a new sense of beginning for an optimistic employee. Once the employee buys into the appearance of diversity, inclusion, team work, education, and possibility of promotion they find out the hard way that they were the industry Hansel and Gretel lured to the witches house.
It is important to understand immediately if a corporation can provide you with the career you hope to have now and in the future. I understand that when you are looking for a job you want to accept the flashy headline and sincere promises of the interviewer, but I must warn you: your health may be at stake if you do not do your homework.
With the amazing benefits of having the internet we can research each and every company that is hiring. The company has reviews from previous and current employees. Just Google the company name with the words “employee reviews”. Do not ignore any information in the reviews you read. There should be a healthy balance of good, bad, and ugly. If you put your specific position you are applying to in the search engine with that company name you will find out everything you need to know about working for that company in that position.
Thankfully there are plenty more jobs available. If this is the one, take it. If not, save yourself now before is too late. Your health and life are too valuable to waste it on a company that will never appreciate what you can bring to the table.
This type of research is considered self-education. This is one of the 5 hallmarks of success that is on the Communications Camp journey. The goal is that we all find healthy communicative ways to approach life interventions successfully. Your career and the healthiness of your career should be an attribute of your successful communication. Don’t fall for the Hansel and Gretel traps many companies offer. Find the company that works for you.
Juanita Espino B.S. Comm., M.A.Ed.
Communications Consultant and Professional Advisor