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James Elias gives DSU students "5 ways to survive the corporate structure"

James Elias speaks at Delaware State University
Kenneth L. Johnson

I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on a Career Development Workshop by Mr. James Elias of The American Spirit Credit Union while attending the Delaware State University Career Services Event on the beautiful Dover, DE campus. Mr. Elias is a high energy, gregarious gentleman with the type of persona that draws you into every word he shares with his audience.

On this day Mr. Elias was presenting “How to Survive the Corporate Structure”. I found the content to be very informative and was extremely entertained by Mr. Elias’ stories of surviving and navigating his way up the ladder in the hyper-competitive New York City Financial District.

Here are his 5 Ways to Survive the Corporate Structure:

1. Be an Intrapreneur: “Always be a leader regardless of the title or position you hold with the company. Do your best work and continue to be relevant because change will never limit your ability as a leader".

2. Be Visible: “Promote yourself by exhibiting exceptional work and other people will notice".

3. Help Others: “What you put out is what you receive…take the initiative to support those in need and be an advocate for higher learning".

4. Collect Mentors: “A good mentor is invaluable for career success. Observe the people around you and look for role models who can assist with your growth plan."

5. Be Aware: “Take meaningful actions not superficial ones. Manage your responsibilities efficiently and be a sponge learning new techniques, skills and knowledge to make you a valuable resource for the company".

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