Getting a job in a start-up certainly has its pros and cons. Some people worry about job stability, but there are many benefits of choosing a business that thrives on a modern, collaborative way of working.
Start-up culture is a breakthrough concept. Here are seven reasons why:
1. Have more say and input
Start-up culture is built on a flat hierarchy. This means that there is no layer of middle management to deal with, which allows young graduates to have the same amount of access to the people at the top.
This means that everyone is included in some of the most vital decision makings and most teams work by collaborating on projects.
All in all, it is a better use of resources and skills, allowing projects to be more successful, and removing issues of ‘red tape’ for workers at all levels and pay grades.
2. You’ll have a lot of responsibility, fast
Or “thrown into the deep end” as some would say. It’s very likely that in your start-up role, you’ll be given a long list of jobs and responsibilities. While some may find this level of workload overwhelming, others will thrive on it. It means you will learn a lot of new skills in a short space of time. Your CV will be impressive by the end of it.
3. Career development
Although not always the case, many start-ups are great for graduates who want to develop their careers. Working in smaller, close-knit teams in a collaborative way means having a chance of more recognition for hard work.
There is also the argument that flat hierarchical structures don’t present as many promotional opportunities, but you will be able to enhance your skills for the future at the very least.
Pay rises should still apply annually, and it’s always good to speak to your boss if you have aspirations to grow within the company.
4. Enjoy job variety
In small businesses, it’s not unusual for everyone to pitch in and help out.
You may find yourself working on a whole array of projects, giving your role a lot of diversity and allowing you to discover your forte.
5. Become a part of something amazing
The most prominent companies in the world all had humble beginnings as a small start-up firm. When you look at Apple, the most successful tech giant in the US, it’s easy to see how small ideas can change the world.
It has evolved from a brand into an entire ecosystem, and many of today’s start-ups model themselves on Apple.
However, it is not necessary that small companies become a giant company in the future. It is important to believe in the idea or the founder before joining a startup.
6. Work with talented people
Start-ups attract and breed talent. For graduates, that means getting to work with some of the best people in the industry.
Not only does that make your working life more enjoyable, but you’ll have the chance to network and meet amazing people.
7. Have a better work-life balance
Remote working, flexible hours, office perks, exciting social events, and stylishly decorated offices are just some of the things that could be offered by a start-up employer.
It’s not always the case that employees get to enjoy a better work-life balance though. A lot of early-stage businesses require their staff to work very hard, but in many cases, you get to play as hard as you work, particularly when the company grows.
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