Why You Should Consider the Startup Life
Let me guess, in 4 years you probably see yourself working for a large company like P&G, KPMG or PepsiCo, right? You’re going to work your way up the ladder and eventually hit that C-level role. That was me about a year and a half ago. I thought I had it all figured out. I wanted to be a partner for an accounting firm and get that Harvey Specter office that every business grad dreams of. So I started on my journey to achieve that. I worked an accounting internship in a large company and left that experience feeling unfulfilled. I felt like I was capable of doing more. I was looking for more responsibility, more impact, and more substance. In the back of my head I questioned whether or not I could see myself doing this for the rest of my life.
In my search for something more, I got a unique opportunity to work for a LaunchPad company called MyCareerCity.com, a web platform that connects students with startup job opportunities. That’s where I caught the startup bug. The following are some of the key insights on why joining a startup may be the better choice for you.
REAL WORK. REAL RESULTS.
If you’ve ever worked at the internship level at a large company, you’ve probably worked on your fair share of projects that didn’t have much impact on the bottom line. If you’re looking to add impact right away instead of having to climb the corporate ladder to make a difference – consider a startup.
You are instantly able to work on high-impact projects that affect the direction of the company. You are a key factor in determining whether or not this venture fails or succeeds. There’s no better feeling than working on and pushing out a product that thousands of users love, or convincing someone to invest their own money because they believe in your team’s vision.
BETA TEST YOUR PASSIONS
If you were like me and had that mid-university career crisis, where you’re doubting whether your career plans are taking you on a path to happiness, a startup may a good opportunity find out the direction you should be going.
The benefits of working with a startup is that it allows you to get a taste of everything. Since the teams are so small and there’s always so much to do, you’ll be doing a lot more than what you were hired for. This allows you to really figure it all out; what can you see yourself doing for the rest of your life? In my experience, I came in looking to expand on my accounting experience, but ended up finding that my passions are in data and design (and I didn’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a degree to find that out).
UNPARALLELED LEARNING EXPERIENCE
There’s this mentality is ingrained in your mind when you work with a start-up, and it’s “Do whatever it takes to get it done.” No obstacle is big enough. If you’re given a project to code a website and you don’t know how to code, you don’t tell them you can’t. Instead, you lock yourself in a room, learn to code, and you get the project done. No questions asked. No excuses. With that being said, you’re probably going to fail. A lot. But failure is embraced, because that’s how you learn. Remember, the master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.
SURROUNDED BY PASSION
In my opinion, the absolute best part of working with a startup is that you’re surrounded by people who share the same values, passions, and vision as you. When you’ve created something with a team of passionate people like building a service that someone can’t live without, or building a product that changes someone’s life, it makes all the hard work worth it.
If you’re convinced that working for a startup is for you, what are you waiting for? Go out there and #makeithappen.
Thanks to Alex Lun, Camille Truong, and Eugene Osei for editing early drafts of this post.
Managing Director, Discovery Series
Nspire Innovation Network