As the editor and publisher of a magazine for young professionals (Forty Magazine), Kian Hervey knows a lot about the corporate world.

Kian started her career at a Fortune 200 company and worked her way from a lowly intern to a cross-department analyst. How she moved her career from Point A to Point B within the same department was no easy feat. In the beginning, she thought about leaving the Company nearly every day.  But then, something inside of her finally clicked. She realized if she wanted her career to take off, she would have to try to not quit her corporate job. She saw the perks of sticking it out, and started to build a career she really LUV’d.

Here are her reasons why you should stick it out instead of quitting your job:

  1. You can prepare for your own business.
    A number of people jump ship from the corporate world in hopes of successfully launching their own business. While stepping out on a leap of faith is admirable, stepping out with a mountain of knowledge is much more advantageous. Learn about your company and industry as much as you can while you’re working there. You might find a profitable idea for yourself while making your company money.    
  2. You can grow your professional network.
    They say the easiest way to get a new job is to have a job. Why is that so? Because old coworkers and employers can vouch for your work when new opportunities come up. Your corporate coworker today might be the founder of a million-dollar startup in the future. So don’t be too quick to burn bridges and network at your corporate job.   
  3. You can learn at your employer’s expense.
    Advanced Degrees and Certifications have one thing in common—they all cost big bucks. Instead of footing that bill on your own, take advantage of corporate education incentive programs to fund your degree. The knowledge you gain in the classroom can make you better at your own job and even more successful at the next.
  4. You can change the face of corporations.
    That interview question “Where do you see yourself in 10 years” means a whole lot more when you apply it to the corporate ladder. Vice Presidents and Chief Officers have YEARS of internal work experience before reaching their executive level. If you stick it out, that Board of Directors could look a lot more like you.

The number one question Kian receives from fans and Followers of Forty Magazine is “When are you going to quit your job?” Her answer is always short and sweet—“When I stop learning.” Corporations give you the flexibility to wear multiple hats within a single role. And 9 times out of 10, those hats are pretty big responsibilities.


This post was submitted by Kian Hervey of Forty Magazine.