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In this series, you will find nothing but real-life stories, ugly truths about corporate companies, and some advice on how to become a master to survive in them and get the best out of them for your own growth. I will divide the articles into two categories:

  • Corporates 101

  • Stories with a lesson

Today we begin with a story.

It all started with the fact that I was not too fond of school.

In 2011, I left IT university because I wouldn't say I liked programming languages. My first job was as a Delivery Manager in a corporate company for 7,000 CZK Net a month. Back then, I had strong grass allergies, so I was on Zyrtec pills daily, which made me very sleepy during the entry training for the internal systems I had to work with.

Every day was information torture, and making notes didn't help because I didn't know how to make helpful notes. I got my first five orders that I was supposed to chase and my Project Manager. I admit picking up the phone for the first time to have a sync call with the PM was a nightmare, and I was sweating everywhere.

Then my pipeline grew to 15 orders, later to 50, 100 and in the end to 150 orders. I had to learn how to escalate teams that were late with the delivery, so you can imagine how this employee is popular with teams worldwide. However, this didn't change the fact that every single day I was stressed out up to my maximum.

I found a cure – after work, I went to a shisha bar, smoked two shishas on my own, and drank two kettles of green tea every day for 11 months. It helped my wallet to be empty sooner than it would allow me to get rid of the stress.

After 11 months, I wanted to quit because taking care of 160 orders was something I could not survive. So I got a different job in the same company – Global Business Operations Consultant. The pay was better, so I could smoke more shisha every day. However, the stress amount was ten times bigger, so there were times when I smoked six shishas in one day. Somehow I liked the job and managed to stay there for over three years, having just one burnout, and around 3,000 shishas smoked in 4 years.

So, what's the lesson?

I wish I knew what to do with all the stress. It's easy now when I have around a hundred ways to beat the stress.

It doesn't matter if you just finished school or are a professional. Here are some lessons I learned:

  • Take notes of everything your mentors tell you

  • Stop your ego, listen to more experienced people, and follow their advice

  • ASK anytime you don't know anything

  • If you don't and you mess up, they will ask you if you asked somebody what to do before messing that thing up.

  • Newbies usually get a 'buddy' to ask anything during their entry months, so ask them or your manager when you're afraid or if you think you would like a fool if you asked somebody – they should help you.

  • I used this saying my whole life: "There is no wrong question, only stupid answers." That means that you have a right to ask anything even if it could sound stupid to somebody experienced. It would be best if you learned things by asking. The win-win scenario is when the other person gives you all you need to understand the issue. If they don't give you such an answer, they probably are tired/hungry, angry about something else, or too self-centered.

  • Don't smoke that many shishas. Instead, find some excellent hobby that will help you eliminate stress daily (gym, mountain walking, rollerblading, martial arts, meditations, anything else). Keep learning new skills – the more you know, the less stress you'll feel later.

If there are other ideas on removing stress from your professional life equation, please share them in the comments below.

To sum it all up, being stressed at the beginning of any job is expected. However, you must understand that it will change only by making mistakes and learning from them. So please don't take it too seriously and don't be so hard on yourself.

Thank you for your time, and see you in the following article about fulfilled dreams!

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