Back in the day, the formula was already set and established for the typical American. Follow these steps and you are guaranteed to have a rewarding and a successful life. Everyone said it was a no-brainer.
Just to review the steps, here’s what was required to get there:
1) Make Good Grades in School. Doing so will determine the quality of college you will get to attend. And if you really impress educators with knowledge and work ethic, these universities will award you a scholarship which allows you to attend at no cost. This should not only delight you, your parents would be overjoyed.
2) Attend a Quality College and Make Good Grades. The better you do in college, the more choices you will get when it comes to selecting a company to work for. In a variety of ways, given that you have the aptitude, you could better your prospects by pushing yourself further and earning a Master’s Degree. Doing so will provide you with even more career choices and a higher salary.
3) Climb the Corporate Ladder. Now that you probably have a family and a 3 bedroom house, your final task is the slave away at climbing the corporate ladder and climbing as high as you can.
However, today there are many authorities out there that are warning people against pursuing this decades long American Dream plan.
This is an incredible culture change – and there are several reasons for this. One of these reasons is because of loyalty, and rather the lack of loyalty. It used to be very common for someone to work at one company for 30-40 years. This is rarely the case anymore because neither the employee nor employer has as much loyalty anymore.
Why You Should Not Climb The Corporate Ladder – Innovation Excellence
One of the favorite studies I wrote about in Friend of a Friendis Adam Kleinbaum’s research on what he calls organizational misfits. We might think that the people that stick in one silo, stay in one lane, and slowly climb the corporate ladder get ahead the most. This is the advice so many of us get. And it’s reinforced by the siloed nature of so many organizational charts. Why You Should Not Climb The Corporate Ladder – Innovation Excellence
Why Climbing the Corporate Ladder Is No Longer The Ultimate Goal – Glassdoor Blog
The fact is, this goal is not on everyone’s agenda. If you are a recruiter, HR professional, or simply manage people on any level, it’s important to take the time to understand each person’s unique career goals. They may not dream of the six-figure salary and corner office, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be an integral part of your team or have a role in the success of your company. Why Climbing the Corporate Ladder Is No Longer The Ultimate Goal – Glassdoor Blog
Why I Stopped Climbing the Corporate Ladder — Sandra Crawford Williamson
That upbringing set me up to work hard to please my parents and attempt to make them proud. So with a scholarship in hand, I went to college and continued to focus all of my efforts on getting ahead. I landed my dream job with Procter & Gamble right out of college. I tried to work harder than everyone else, had no hobbies, and tirelessly strived for the next achievement at all costs—including my church attendance, friendships, and potential dating suitors—at companies like Coca-Cola, Nabisco, and Universal Studios. Why I Stopped Climbing the Corporate Ladder — Sandra Crawford Williamson