A Letter to the Recent Graduates – 6 Ways to Kill it in Your First Year in Corporate America

Latifa @itz_unpredictable

I was tapping through my Insta stories the other day when I saw a young lady, Latifa, who just graduated from college had landed a job at Microsoft! I was so ecstatic, like she was my little sister. I mean, would I really be your favorite internet aunty if I am not hyped about things like this? But then right after my excitement came concern… will Latifa know what to do to excel in this strange land of corporate America? Good thing she has older siblings who are totally killing it, but I thought it won’t hurt to chook my mouth and offer some tips for success.

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5 Ways to Thrive in Corporate America – From One Immigrant to Another

Photo by Jopwell

So remember Simsola, the entry-level analyst for whom I wrote a letter called “6 Ways to fake it till you make it in corporate America”? Now she’s been promoted to a mid-level position and she’s totally killing it in her new role. But of course, being the agbaya aunty that I am, I just can’t keep calm. So here I come again with some lessons for Simisola on how to thrive in corporate America, especially as an immigrant climbing the ladder.

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6 Ways to fake it till you make it in corporate America – from one immigrant to another

Photo: Corporate_curly

The other day at my office, I was going to prepare my Milo concoction (don’t ask!) when I saw Simisola, an entry-level analyst, walking to the break room with her head down the entire time as though she was thinking – “this iya had better not bother me.” Being the agbaya that I am, I tried to engage Simisola in conversation regardless. She gave me quick one-word responses in a shy voice, grabbed her coffee, and speed-walked back to her desk. I smiled, because I used to be just like her. 

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