Escape from Corporate America
post # 544 — May 22, 2008 — a Careers post
Pamela Skillings has written a fun AND serious book called “ESCAPE from CORPORATE AMERICA: a practical guide to Creating the Career of Your Dreams.”
Here are some of the lists from the book:
The Benefits Of Corporate Jobs
- Steady paycheck.
- Paid vacation days.
- Free office supplies. .
- Résumé building.
- Mom’s approval.
- Structured career path.
- Friendships forged in shared misery.
The Drawbacks Of Corporate Jobs
- Excessive workloads.
- Tedious work
- Grueling commutes.
- Endless meetings.
- Fluorescent lighting.
- Open bar at the holiday party
- Sense of worthlessness.
- Bad coffee.
- Neckties and panty hose.
- Mean and/or idiotic bosses.
The Phases of Corporate Disillusionment
Phase 1: Typical Honeymoon Phase Behavior
Phase 2. Denial: “My Job Is Great, I Tell You, Just Great.”
Phase 3. Bitching: “This Job Sucks.”
Phase 4. Bargaining: “I Can Make It Work Somehow.”
Phase 5. Depression: “What’s the Point? There’s No Way Out.”
Phase 6. Acceptance or Change: “I Guess Things Could Be Worse” or “It’s Time to Make a Change.”
The most common reasons behind dissatisfaction with cubicle life.
- Corporate Burnout
- Terminal Boredom
- Square Peg Syndrome
- Balance Disorder
- Meaning Deficiency
- Toxic Workplace Blues
- Exploring Escape Routes
Seven alternatives to your current corporate rut.
- Corporate Jobs That Don’t Suck
- Take a Break
- Swim in a Smaller Pond
- Go Solo
- Build A Business
- Follow Your Creative Dreams
- Make A Difference
This summary may make the book sound flip, but it’s not. It’s a thorough and helpful examination of a serious subject.