Startups aren’t for everyone. They require you to be a risk-taker, an adventurer. The startup environment will challenge your emotions more than it will challenge your intelligence. And the other way around at times. If you look closely, the big names in the industry, have often lost leadership and market presence during the last ten years, owing to lack of innovation, growth and fresh ideas.
You might be looking forward to a promising career with a well-established firm and a fancy salary package, but concerned about learning, growth, development and longer-term stability. And for these reasons not alone, you might want to consider starting up, or working with one.
More Responsibility & More Learning
You know you’ve been working hard at your studies. You’ve studied all the latest concepts in technology, philosophy, management, or whatever be your area of specialisation. And while you were studying, you were waiting for the opportunity to apply your knowledge to solve real world problems. However, when you’re working with a large well-established firm, you’ll seldom get opportunities to apply everything you’ve learnt in school.
When you work with a startup, not only do you get to apply your knowledge, you also get to learn a lot more from the opportunities that exist around you. A startup may not pay as well as a comfortable corporate job, but you’ll learn new skills while solving problems. Doing different things is exciting.
When you work in a startup, you’ll be working with people who have taken a great chance with their career. The team is investing time and energy to accomplish new goals, and are open to new ideas and innovation. Even to crazy perspectives. This leads to exploring more and achieving your ultimate aspirations. Because you are consistently working with a team that’s working with limited resources, you’re always innovating, and approaching things in an unusual way.
Working with a startup means, you’re an important member of a small team. The empowerment and authority to take decisions makes it easy to work efficiently in a startup. You are consistently challenged, but if you do a good job, your work will be visible and you will be noticed. The flipside obviously is, your mistakes will be noticed too, but you can rid yourself of them and strive for perfection.
Startup teams are close-knit groups actively working together to achieve the broader aim and vision. A major constraint is money. You will be successful if you are driven by confidence and the desire to achieve bigger aims. The reward comes through once the organisation gets well-established and grows steadily. Take time out to destress yourself, which helps build and maintain group focus over the tasks before you.
What’s in it for you, and the nation at large
Startups help increasing the economic activity of the nation, and society at large. They help accommodate more job seekers, provide meaning to work, and your efforts. You can get to be a part of history, and be recognised as a problem solver. Your hard work will be a contribution towards the broader goals of development and progress. So, if you want to be at the helm of a growth story, it’s time you consider starting up, or being part of one.