Ep133: Corporate MNC vs Start-Up: Where should you work?

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In this episode, Mei Phing discusses the difference between working in a corporation and a startup, addressing common questions and concerns from job seekers. Personal experiences in different types of companies and the importance of understanding one’s own personality and skills.



00:00 ๐Ÿ“บ Working in corporations versus startups

02:15 ๐Ÿค” Exploring common questions and concerns from job seekers about transitioning to different company sizes

05:10 ๐Ÿ’ผ Sharing personal experiences in a startup, SME, and MNC, highlighting the importance of understanding one’s personality and adaptability

10:30 ๐ŸŒŸ Emphasizing the significance of soft skills in the corporate world, particularly in MNCs

15:00 โš™๏ธ Discussing the importance of networking, building relationships, and understanding the dynamics of the corporate world

18:40 ๐Ÿ“š Mei Phing's online course, “The Corporate Survivor,” for career success in MNCs

21:30 โœ… Encouraging job seekers in SMEs to have a clear career plan and consider their goals for joining an MNC


Key Insights

๐ŸŒŸ Soft skills play a crucial role in the corporate world, especially in MNCs, where understanding the dynamics of the company and building relationships is vital for career advancement.

โš™๏ธ Networking and communicating effectively with colleagues is essential in the corporate environment, as collaboration and coordination are necessary for success in a large organization.

๐Ÿ“š The speaker’s online course, “The Corporate Survival,” provides valuable knowledge and perspectives for anyone seeking to join or excel in an MNC, helping them navigate the complexities of the corporate world.

๐Ÿ’ผ Individuals working in SMEs should carefully consider their long-term career goals, as without proper planning, it can be challenging to transition to an MNC due to the lack of relevant experience.

๐Ÿค” Job seekers should reflect on their own personality traits and adaptability when considering a transition between different company sizes, as each environment has different expectations and demands.

๐Ÿ“บ The speaker’s personal experiences in startups, SMEs, and MNCs highlight the importance of understanding one’s own preferences and strengths when making career choices.

โœ… Job seekers in SMEs should not view their current situation as a dead end, as with a clear career plan and the right strategies, it is possible to successfully transition to an MNC and advance their career.



๐Ÿ‘‹ Welcome to the Corporate Survivor with Mei Phing — ex-Global Head of Department turned Career Coach & Founder of The Corporate Survivor™. On this podcast, Mei Phing shares her corporate world insights and experiences so you can survive, navigate and grow your career with clarity, confidence, competence and opportunities.

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