Outsourcing has become the hallmark of most former communist countries in Europe.
Corporate districts with Starbucks and dry cleaners have taken countries by storm and are shaping present and future generations of young people.
What nobody told these people was how to survive in this American-inspired, Balkan business world. But some have figured it out. Below are a few guidelines:
- Rarely do as much as you really can and never do more than you should
During you induction week in ANY multinational you will be told how important it is to go the extra mile. Do NO do that. The extra mile will not mean a raise, a gold watch or a bigger parking space (as if you could ever afford a car!). That just happens in movies or fairy tales. You are not Cinderella and you team lead is not Prince Charming. It will only mean going another extra mile and another one and another one…on a road paved with anything but gold.
It’s simple math: if W (amount of work executed) grows, then also W1 (ammount of new assignments) will grow. At the same time T (time) is constant and Y (your youth) is dropping.
- Be with the IN crowd
A company is more like high school than you could imagine. Maybe you’ve noticed the same nerdy people – always working and completely antisocial, the cool ones (probably management) smoking, or the rebels ( ‚This corporate job is just a phase! I’m go do stuff and go places!’ )
Choose your place wisely. Once branded, it will be insanely hard to change your social milieu.
- The receptionist is your friend.
A lot of my friends make it a habit of being friends with the receptionist. Even when they go for their first interview it is insanely helpful to have someone on the inside within the first hour of entering the building. Not only can you find out who is doing what when with whom for how long and why, but also they are nice by nature. If both of you smoke, that much better.
More to follow.