Summers are on their peak and holiday season is sending everyone north to the heights of Himalayas. There is one breed of people who are juicing up themselves and making their products – Start-ups. While others are looking for a respite from the heat, these brave individuals are waiting for the best time of the year to hire freshly graduated talent. Once out of the college, most students are looking for options to get edge and experience and what better place to start than a start-up. Simple reason: With no experience or credentials that prove your mettle what would you rather want to be? – A fresher trainee with a corporate whose next career roadmap is to clear certain technology training or a fresher intern to contribute to a project with real project experience that adds relevant skills to your arsenal.
Pros and cons of starting up with a start-up:
- Ownership: A startup has a crunch of resources and everybody is entrusted with a role they are accountable of. You ‘own’ a piece of the puzzle. It will not be documenting existing processes or carrying on clerical work for a boss. Most often you are entrusted with a task that you own to completion. There is no and everyone is open and reachable for guidance. A Greater share of Responsibility, as there are no people who are having the time to manage you, you being your own manager, are responsible for your share of the act.
- Visibility: You are an important part in creating something. Most corporate jobs at some point or the other bore you to hell. Many of our professional colleagues complain that they are monotonously doing something that is not at all useful when they see the bigger picture. You are a small cog in a big machine whose relevance is next to null. In a startup, the chances of making a difference are better regardless of your experience. You will always be able to take a credit of ‘ hey.. you know I did THAT!’ be it a UI design, an algorithm you wrote or a problem you fixed.
- Vision: Each and every member of the startup are provided with the same vision, it is up to you to grasp. The opportunity is immense. You see what the founders see and you feel what the founders feel. The sense of belongingness in unparalleled. This grows you as a professional and expands your ability to look at a holistic picture.
- Grind: The early hunger for learning and growth is satisfied. Startups always have things to do and occasions to celebrate. Small milestones become big celebrations and the journey becomes funtastic. Be sure of the grind of hours of learning and be sure of resulting satisfaction.
- People: You are surrounded by the bravest and most talented people in the market. These people boast their skills, they boast their calibre and they dream of something that they are busy bring to reality. These people are even philosophical because they are experiencing life first hand. If you haven’t heard the Apple’s ad on the crazy ones then this is the right time to hear it, understand it and salute.
- Opportunities: The startup ecosystem doesn’t work in appraisal cycles and periodic increments. The startup grows collectively and leaps from level to level, as soon as you reach the next level you all get pulled up together.
- Perks: The company perks of your family insurance, your investments plans and such things are missing because of a delicate and ‘critical expenses’ only structure.
- Grind: The roles in a startup are not for the people looking for easy money. The motivation and inspiration are bound to be high however if you lack a drive, then probably startup is not the place you will strive.
- Short time: No job security, a startup won’t carry you to the top if you are not climbing there yourself. It is nasty, but performance is the only metric of evaluation and the margin of leniency a little low. But hey… no strings attached attitude doesn’t harm the interns does it?
- Training: Structured training is not a norm in budding startups. On the job experience is all you can expect from a startup. They are not known to invest in resource training that might or might not bear any productive impact.
- Risk: Not every startup is a success, but even failures count as an experience. So at the risk of associating with a dying startup you bet for the wisdom you get out of their mistakes.
- Discipline: There are no schedules and there is no fixed time of work, sometimes this means excessive work which could burn you out of creativity. Everyone is expected to perform multiple roles which gives ample things to try and can be debated to be against the discipline of a regular 9-5 job.
About Shivam –
Shivam Dhawan founded Arbunize Digital Media Pvt. Ltd. in February 2015. Arbunize is a company in HR and recruitment space that is applying talent analytic techniques to career processes. Working with user’s skill and personality data, we logically try and predict the probability of success of the candidate in career situations like job hunting and internal transitions. Arbunize provides a platform for individuals build their career assets like resumes and to hone on their personality elements in order to grow in their careers as personal brands.