With students graduating, entering the workforce, and finding themselves stuck somewhere lost in the job hunt black hole, job seekers ignite more discussion with each other than ever before. Since alternative career options have become a staple with the rise in entrepreneurial ventures, not as much guarantee is invested in the traditional corporate world. With start-ups booming, it has actually become a debate among graduates whether working for a corporation can really guarantee security, growth, and, dare say it, happiness.

 

The security that business school classmates assured this MUIPR writer would be promised to them by their positions may not be so secure, especially for young women entering the corporate world. So, does the old adage still apply? If you receive the bomb offer from Goldman Sachs, are you bound to accept? You might just have to deal with the good old boys club, if you don’t want to sue the company. If you are looking to consider all your options, keep this in mind before you purchase your ticket on the Wall St. Wolf Express:

 

1. Who’s ready for some office politics?

Although it is true you’ll encounter office politics at every job, corporate life is notoriously associated with playing by the rules of the hierarchy game. Personalities may clash, egos may bruise, and it takes a lot of courage not let the politics get the best of you. Corporate life is not for everyone.

 

2. Working in just one sector may actually prove stifling.

When you’re assigned to one sector of a large corporation, you don’t always have easy access to learning all the different hats that make a business work. The multiple responsibilities that entrepreneurs have to take on just to make things work may actually help them become more skilled as business men and women.

 

3. Management dictates every policy (No matter what you may think)

Don’t be fooled when a boss wants your input; if you step on too many toes by expressing genuine, personal honesty, it may be too much for supervisors to handle. If you’re always thinking of what should be changed, you might consider pursuing those changes — on your own.

 

4. If you’re a woman, watch your back.

Always. Not just with men, either, among other women as well. References here can be made to a whole milieu of American films, see “Baby Boom,” “9-5,” “American Psycho,” “Wolf of Wall Street,” the list goes on. Be careful about that trusted source of steady income; you will most likely not be paid the same as your male co-workers. In fact, no matter how much you bravely negotiate for yourself, you probably will not be paid fairly compared to your male counterparts according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Get used to it or get ready to sue.

 

5. Corporate Life Doesn’t Always = Happy Life (Come to think of it, no job really does)

The secret to happiness in business may just come down to how much risk you’re willing to handle, both to be expected from corporate life and that of an entrepreneur’s. Never be fooled by thinking an entrepreneur’s life guarantees safety, because it doesn’t. Always remember this: life is what you make of it. If you have the guts to go out on your own, never forget to do the best you can by serving others. Students looking up to you may just be inspired to go out on their own and do the same.

 

What are your thoughts on working for a corporation or braving it as an entrepreneur? Is there hope for equality in the corporate world? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro