So imagine you’re stuck between two opportunities, an opportunity to work for a big corporate business, and an innovative start-up. Which do you choose?
Do you want to be in charge?
Smaller business equals fewer employees. You’re going to be tested, but this is a good thing. You get more opportunity to show your skills, and you’ll have one main incentive- if you’re doing well, the business will do well. There won’t be many of you in the office, so your skillset could be completely different to your colleagues, even the way you approach tasks. The company could rely on your work; an opportunity to prove yourself that you probably wouldn’t get whilst working for a larger business.
Maybe you want to work as part of a small team on a project rather than the fate of the project to lie in your hands. This is more likely something that would occur in a larger business. Small teams collaborate and work together to manage a task. This way you’re all helping each other work towards something great.
The diversity of tasks
With fewer employees, you’ll have to step up and complete tasks that may not be your forte. However the experience you gain will only be beneficial, even if you aren’t great at the job in hand. You’ll be learning from your mistakes and improving as you go. When you start the role you might think you’re going to be working solely with numbers, but a few months down the line you could find that a more creative role is for you after you excelled in the task you were given.
If you’re set in your ways and know that you’re good at something, and want to show that, then a larger business is probably for you. You don’t need to prove yourself by showing you can do other tasks, as your ability to do what you do is already being proven by keeping the business ticking over. You’re a key role, which the business could not lose without feeling the consequences.
Your success (and failures)
We all love praise, so when you work on a project with a start-up business and it’s a success, you’re going to be over the moon that your hard work can be recognized as the key factor of it’s success. However, it works the other way round too- you mess up, it’s on you. It’s all a learning experience though, right?
You’re still going to get praise (or maybe not depending on how you handle your tasks) whilst working for a larger company, but it will be less frequent. You’ll be one of many staff, there’s simply not enough time for the employer to come and praise each member of staff when they’re successful.
Whilst working for a corporate company, it can be difficult to keep up with everyone in the office, so you probably create a small community based on the few desks around you. But, it can be nice to chat with someone new on a Monday morning, to switch things up a bit.
With start-ups, you’re all working close quarters. You’re going to see these people every day; you’ll get to know them very well. All you can do is hope that they have a good sense of humour on a Monday morning!
So what we’re trying to say is that it all depends on how you work best. Which did you choose?