After working in the corporate world for almost one-and-a-half years, there’s one huge thing I’ve learned (among hundreds of other things, mind you).
You know in that one time your sophomore year of college, when you had to work with five other people to put together a report of A Doll’s House, its entire history and the life of Henrik Ibsen, and all you did was wonder how the hell it was going to apply to your real life? You retorted, “Why am I doing this? It’s not like you work in groups in the real world!” And then you took on the responsibility of the entire project because you didn’t trust anyone?
Turns out the professor was right. You do need to be able to work in groups for the rest of your life. Duh.
If there’s anything working in the creative department is, it’s being able to work on a team. Without your teammates, you’re nothing. We’re currently in lockdown for a huge project that’s due next Friday. From 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., we sit in groups of four (one writer, one designer, one person from the training department, one person from the communications department) and work through pages and pages of material. Ideas flow, constructive criticism is shared, furrowing of brows occurs, restructuring and rewriting happens, and laugh, snack and lunch breaks are everything. And I love it. It’s fantastic. I’m constantly learning, and I love getting to know a few coworkers I don’t usually see a little better.
Now if only I could get back on the homework wagon…
I need my group.
Ciao for now,
P.S. Thought it would be nice to give you a better glimpse of what work life has been like for me. Hope you dig it!
P.P.S. I’ve also learned that using the Oxford comma at work but not in your personal writing eventually makes for sloppy comma use in personal/blog writing. SORRY.