So you are finally a software engineer and you have a couple of job offers on the table. On one hand is an entry level position at a multinational development firm and on the other is a job offer from a startup that is just kicking off . You have to make the decision soon and you have no clue what is the right decision for you.
Here are few questions you need to answer to help you make the right decision.
- Do you want more responsibility?
In a startup, you’re part of a smaller team and chances are that you are the only one in the company with a particular skill set and the company relies on you and you alone to get that particular work done. This can help you become more versatile, more reliable, and more productive but also requires you to be more creative and proactive.
- Are you looking for more opportunities?
Most startup jobs don’t offer huge packages like corporate and MNCs do. But what they do offer is opportunity to acquire more skills and work in a more versatile role. People working at corporate find themselves restricted to certain profile and don’t get to branch out into other areas. The well defined structure and role definition offers limited space for multi dimensional growth. On the other hand, a startup allows you to try on a lot of different hats in a lot of different areas.
- Do you want a trainer or mentor?
Entrepreneurs are some of the best people to learn from. They are typically solution finders and approach problems differently to make the most out of their time and effort. In a startup you get to interact with the highest tier of management giving you insight into the bigger perspective of things. Also, most entrepreneurs are a part of the hiring process themselves and make sure that each person adds value to the team.
- Want to work in an awesome atmosphere?
A small and tightly knit group means that you get to work and enjoy together and at the same time. Everyone shares the same drive and excitement so there is a feeling of healthy competition in the team. Because of the smaller size, it’s nearly impossible not to notice a job well done or to give credit where credit is due. At the same time, your failures are also visible clearly. This can also be a good thing as it keeps you on your toes and makes you more competitive.
- Do you have it in you?
More important than any other factor while choosing between a startup and corporate is your own attitude and importance of creativity and personal ownership. Working at a startup and spreading the news of your team’s product, a product that you helped bring into existence, instills the value of that ownership and gives you pride in your work. It is this pride which is the driving force behind.
Work,Play and Live! .
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