Pros: work from home 1-2 days a week, job security, nice people, volunteer programs
Cons: no upward movement, low salary
After working in professional tennis and being an ex-professional player, working in corporate life took a little getting used to. When I was the Director at clubs or playing for a living, everything I did was solely based on what I did, nothing else. In the corporate world, I have found that is only partially true.
I have complete control over my actions daily and I make the most out of everyday, as anyone that knows me and works with me can attest to this. I do not settle for not being the best. I have worked in 3 different departments at Farmers and have been either the #1 employee in each department, or in the top 1%. I want the best for myself, and most importantly, my family and I will always be the best I can be. Being a professional athlete has taught me so much about hard work, discipline, dedication, and pride. Being a tennis Director and Coach taught me that my passion is world-class service and I love being able to use both of these skill sets to achieve personal success. I still strive for more.
I have learned that the people who are in charge of you are as important as the work product you do, whether this is fair or not, it is the way my company works. Building relationships is very important with co-workers or superiors. Being around many different nationalities of people from all backgrounds has taught me to get along with almost everyone. It is a skill that comes natural and it pays off.
A typical day in what I do now is to handle people's bad days. I manage when things happen to their house, their lives, their emotions. I take great – more... care of them and put an emotional blanket on them and reassure them that everything will be just fine, and then I make sure it does. This is what I do everyday. – less