Startups are not for everyone, but if you do decide to work for a startup, it can have a lasting impact on your professional and personal life
BEAM 1 Mar, 2017
This article was first published on e27
Startup companies are popping up everywhere, and available jobs are increasing. Once in a while you will get a job offer to work with them. Here are five reasons you should accept that job offer and enter the startup world.
When you join a startup, you will learn more. Because a startup is composed of a small team, you’ll be wearing different hats — more than what your job description offers. A software developer gets to do customer support, a UI designer might pitch the product to potential clients, and you get the opportunity to do other things you think you will not usually do.
In startups, your skills will not be stuck in your chosen fields. You will constantly learn new things every day and get your hands dirty with the different sides of the company.
A startup is all about constant innovation. You get to work with great people who push themselves to their limits. They have a different view on how they will approach and solve the problem. Imagine if you go to work every day with people like these. Then it’s really unavoidable that you get to learn with and from them.
As the startup grows, it will hire more people. Hiring more people means additional skills and advice that you can learn from them that will impact not only your career life, but also your personal life.
Many people suffer burnout in their current career after doing the same things over and over again, and want to shift to another job, which usually means finding another company.
In a startup, it’s different. You’ll get to branch out to other things that you think will be your next career. You can do marketing, test the product, generate new ideas, manage the data, or any other task. You will slowly learn things by applying them to the company.
It’s a win-win situation for you and the company. You can change your career within the company without leaving, and the company will not hire additional employees just to address the needs of the vacant position.
By working for a startup, you get to know what it’s like to run a company. You will know the things that will work and the things that will not. Being involved in the day-to-day life of a startup company is like working in your own company, where it will continuously challenge you to get things done for the betterment of the company.
Since you’re working closely with everyone in the company, especially the founders, you will have loads of opportunities to learn entrepreneurial tips from them that you can use in your everyday life and in the future when you get to start your own company.
You might think only big companies offer amazing benefits to their employee. Startups also do this, but in a different way. The company allows you to work in the comfort of your home once in a while, meaning you will not brave the traffic that lies ahead. Some allow you to work at your own pace as long as you deliver great results.
While some jobseekers are attracted to big companies because of the bigger paycheck they might receive, others are more attracted to the intangible benefits that you can get from a startup.
To sum it up, startups are really not for everyone. The things listed above might be seen as advantages by some people and disadvantages by others. But if you decide to work in a startup company, surely it will really have a long-lasting impact that you will bring throughout the rest of your career.