Ever thought of ditching your 9 to 5 corporate gig and making the jump?
A corporate job with cushy benefits may be a good option to start your career with, but will it empower you to hone your creative thinking skills and grasp new ones?
A position at startup, pushes you beyond what you thought was the limit of your competence. You are exposed to all the ins and outs of running a business from taking on administrative responsibilities to fine tuning marketing strategies and creating a product or service demand to operations and logistics.
Still need a little convincing? Well, here are 7 reasons that will make you choose an adrenaline packed start-up life over MNC jobs.
1. Diversity (In job roles)
In a big organization, if you’re a manager, you manage; If you’re a business analyst, you formulate reports. So, it’s usually a one-person-fits-one-task kind of role. Working with a startup, on the other hand, makes you wear more than one hat. You manage, write, design, answer the phone and interview prospective employees (and that’s only the beginning!).
In fact, if you are still not able to answer one of the most confounding questions — which role do I fit in? A startup can help you gain skills and insight into multiple profiles. (And, you may just end up deciding what exactly you want in the long run).There is not much pigeonholing at a startup; you do and see a variety of things.
2. Recognition (For Ups, and Downs as well!)
No matter how much over time you do, working for a larger company pretty much means your work is likely to go unnoticed for the majority of the time. This is especially true if you’re in an entry-level position.
On the other hand, working for a startup means your elbow grease doesn’t go unnoticed. You receive instant recognition because everybody, including the company itself, works in an entry-level position. Rest assured, your vigor as an employee is put to work and appreciated day in and day out.
3. Opportunity to learn
Startups, during early-stages offer ample opportunity to charge your brain cells. If the startup is in the ground-up stages, chances are you’ll have the opportunity to work directly with the creators, engaged in changing the business landscape.
Startup environments are no less than a crash course in business and life. You’ll learn more than what a regular degree course will teach you.
4. More chemistry
In a startup, you have no choice but to bond with the other members of your team. Economized workplace structure forces you to add a seventh chair to the table supporting only six people.
You may have four people or four dozen, but you’ll be working so closely together on work that you’ll have a natural chemistry in your work-relationships.
That chemistry matters more than you might think.
5. Less bureaucracy
In large corporations, everything is formalized. Usually, when a decision is to be made, it travels through almost a never- ending hierarchy.
While you might have some solid rules and regulations surrounding you, but your startup will not have a fraction of the bureaucratic nonsense that the large companies implement. You make decisions faster and work more efficiently!
6. ‘Freaking’ awesome atmosphere
Startups have a lot to offer for your personal advancement, but alongside they also offer the best for personal enjoyment. At 42Works, for example,
- You wear jeans to work, welcome summer with trendy shorts and sandals
- Everyone has the same drive and energy for creation as you do
- Innovation is all over the place
- The entrepreneurial spirit is contagious, and if you don’t feel it or catch it, then you’re actively embracing ignorance
- You munch, sip tea/coffee, take a power nap at work
- Foosball table, bean bags, board games and even pets hold a special space in the workplace
42Works equipped me with invaluable hands-on tools and experience, forced me to adopt new skills and responsibilities rapidly. Here at 42Works, you do the REAL work.
7. Instils frugality
Less resources, more demand — money is tight.
Taking up a position in a start up will teach you how to design, code, write, and sometimes even pull an all-nighter. Frugality will undoubtedly be always on your mind, and you’ll end up finding new ways to be monetarily responsible. Down the line, you’ll probably discover a joy in creating and doing, rather than consuming.
Working for a startup, comes with a great excitement and experience that is difficult to gain in large companies. Thrown out of your comfort zone and given liberty to expand your horizons, that’s what Startups do! Regular brainstorms are a worthwhile learning experience.
So if you are still wondering ‘What’s it like working in a startup?
This is the place for you!