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Posted May 06, 2016 by

Working for a startup after college

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Everyone is nervous heading into their last year of college (except for those going to grad school, that is). It’s time recent graduates prove to themselves, and probably to their parents, that all of this was worth it; they can get entry-level jobs, get out on their own, support themselves, and start on a career path. It is probably their family’s hope that grads will conduct their job search seriously, and look at companies/organizations that promise a bright future. They’ve attended their first job fair, passed out their resumes, spoken with corporate recruiters, and some seemed interested. But something doesn’t “feel” right in their gut. There’s no excitement about all of this.

As recent graduates reflect on why they lack excitement, their minds go to the concept of a “corporate” environment with everyone playing their roles, a pretty large bureaucracy, policies, set work hours; “a single cog in a very large machine you will be,” as Yoda would say. Then there’s the office politics grads studied about in those business courses. Somehow, it doesn’t seem right. They’re thinking about their future success, which doesn’t include what the “big boys” offer. Recent grads need to look elsewhere.

Graduates need to consider working for a startup. Now their parents and some of their friends might think they’re a bit nuts. There’s no job security, as 50% of all startups fail within five years, and then where will they be? Mom may be wringing her hands. However, this isn’t their parents’ world anymore, and there are large advantages to taking this path right now in their lives when they have no obligations other than to themselves.

Flexibility and continuous learning

Most start-ups do not have “pigeon-hole” jobs. They will demand everyone pitch in when and where it is needed. Graduates may have a “job title,” but that will not mean a great deal. They’ll have a skill others may not, but they will be required to learn everyone’s job and everyone will be required to learn some of their job. This environment means continuous learning.

What’s the other great thing? Grads will be forced out of their “comfort zone” into exciting challenges; things can change on a dime, and they will need to change with them. If graduates really enjoy risks and challenges, they’ll love it.

Discover new talents

With all of the emphasis on pitching in, group decision-making, and problem-solving, recent grads may find they have creative talents and current skills they never knew or nurtured. They will be far more well-rounded in what they know and what they can do.

Learn how to budget

Pay is generally not the best for those who join startups. In fact, no one joins a startup for the salary. Graduates will often have to continue living like poor students, but they know how to do it. They’ll stretch those dollars, shop at thrift stores, and eat Ramen noodles sometimes. So what? Grads will also learn how to budget and be frugal.

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Work with passionate people

Enthusiasm is contagious, and that is one of the great things about startups. Everyone comes to work excited about the day and their projects. Everyone shares in each other’s successes (and pumps each other up when there are failures). Grads, too, will be excited about getting up every morning and getting to work; many people in the corporate world would love to have that feeling.

Learn entrepreneurship

Forecasters predict small businesses will be more a wave of the future than large corporations. Why? First, corporations continue to expand globally and set up headquarters in other countries. Second, people no longer trust large corporations like they used to. These giants have taken big tumbles in recent years and no longer provide job security to their employees. It is the small business that is trending now. Working for a startup gives employees valuable experience in becoming small business owners at some point, if they should choose to head in that direction.

Push through failure

Most startups have their failures. The good ones with resilient employees move forward, learning from the failure but never losing the enthusiasm for what they are doing. It’s good to experience failure when young; it is a wonderful teacher. If that startup goes “belly up,” think of all the lessons employees have learned in the meantime.

Potentially invest or be given a stake

A lot of startups value their original people, and founders will give those people a stake in the company. Many people became millionaires because they started out with Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg. Having a stake in a company at a young age is a great thing.

Love the Culture

Flexible hours are a big plus. Value is not based upon the number of hours worked. It is based on what employees produce. They may work several 18 hour-long days, only to sleep in late for several days after that and only put in four hours or so.

Dress is a big factor for many job seekers. If they love a jeans and flip-flop environment, taking their dogs to work, letting their hair grow, or sporting a tattoo, they will find the startup environment is where they want to be.

Choosing the right startup

Startups come in all different stages of development. Choosing one should be based on job seekers’ level of risk tolerance, their investigation of the founder(s), and their passions for the product(s) or services being developed. Nothing is carved in stone; if one idea doesn’t work out, there are many others to try.

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Rick Riddle, guest writer

Rick Riddle, guest writer

Rick Riddle is passionate about the self-development process and wants to share his experience with more people via his articles. He believes self-sufficiency and discipline lead to great results. Follow him on Twitter.

Posted June 09, 2015 by

Looking for Your Creativity? Here is How to Find It

In a world where people value someone or something unique, creativity is a plus.  However, everyone may not exactly thrive in this area.  Believe it or not, though, your creativity does exist.  It is just a matter of understanding how to find it.  So, whether you want to do better at work or improve your personal life, the following infographic has tips to get your creative juices going. (more…)

Posted September 16, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, Want Jobs as Entrepreneurs but Feel Restricted? 5 Reasons Why and What You Can Do

Some recent college graduates who would like jobs as entrepreneurs may feel like they can’t achieve this dream.  The following post has five reasons they might believe that and what can be done to help achieve entrepreneurship.

Have you ever dragged yourself through a meeting at work, listened to your coworkers ramble about meaningless ideas and thought to yourself, “I’m done! I can’t wait to leave this place and start my own business!” Well, it’s likely you have according to a recent study by the University of Phoenix School of Business. The study shows that nearly

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Posted August 27, 2014 by

8 Effective Ways To Handle Failure At Work!

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Who hasn’t heard ‘I want this done today!’ from their employer at least once in a day, or at least a lifetime? There is not a single employee who does not feel under pressure with the tight deadlines, hectic work schedules, low salaries or no work-bonuses etc. Be it a fresh graduate or an experienced employee, facing failures at the workplace is normal. But what matters the most is the ability to deal with the stress in the most civilised manner.

Take a look at the following ways to deal with criticisms and failures at workplace without going insane: (more…)

Posted August 15, 2014 by

College Graduates, Not Achieving the Success You Want on Your Jobs? 5 Mistakes that are Hurting You

Certain mistakes on their jobs can cause college graduates not to achieve the success they want.  In the following post, learn five mistakes that are hurting them at work.

You can be bad at something because you make errors, because you aren’t cut out for the task the way your employer needs you to be. Or maybe you’re simply not as good as your co-workers, who can also turn into your competition. In short, if you’re slipping at work, there could be a few

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Posted July 10, 2014 by

Just Starting Your Career with an Entry Level Job? Avoid These 5 Career Mistakes that You Will Regret Later

Now that your career has begun with an entry level job, it is important think to about the decisions you make moving forward.  Make sure to avoid these five career mistakes you will regret later found in the following post.

Featured: Featured Do you ever feel like you’re constantly trying to do better at your job so you can get a promotion or a raise? That you’re constantly running on only a few hours of sleep and a large vanilla latte? Focusing only on short-term goals can cause you to make hasty career decisions

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Posted April 29, 2014 by

About to Graduate and Begin Searching for Entry Level Jobs? Career Advice from Commencement Speeches

Before college graduates begin their searches for entry level jobs, they should consider some career advice from commencement speeches in the following post.

It’s almost May, and the class of 2014 soon will be donning their caps and gowns. Commencement speeches are a final rite of passage for graduating seniors anxiously awaiting the next step in their lives. The wisdom imparted in the speeches isn’t applicable to students, but instead to graduates, as young professionals. And sometimes the advice is so good, we

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Posted February 12, 2014 by

Grads, Searching for Recent Graduate Jobs at Startups? What It Takes to Get Them

For grads searching for recent graduate jobs at startups, the following post offers some advice on how to get them.

Let’s be honest: the startup life is not for everyone. People romanticize the sleep-in-the-office, order-pizza-daily, build-the-next-Google kind of life these days. Beware. The fact is, most people shouldn’t work for startups. (Click here to tweet this thought.) With a 90 percent failure rate, the expected value of working in a

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Posted January 15, 2014 by

Failed on Your First Entry Level Job? 3 Ways to Bounce Back for a Successful Career

If you experienced failure on your first entry level job, the following post shares three ways to help you bounce back to have career success.

As we young professionals build careers, we rarely (if ever) factor in the inevitability of failure at some point along the way. Once you realize failure is just a normal part of the experience, how can you make it work for you? How can you benefit from all the times that you have (or

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Posted November 12, 2013 by

Building Self-Confidence to Interview Better

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer at KAS Placement

Most of your frustrations and struggles during your job search have to deal with insecurity.   How you feel about yourself will either spawn motivation and energy or will severely hurt your chances for a great career.

When you increase your confidence level, you are able to interview more effectively, negotiate higher salaries and, subsequently you will receive a wider number of offers.  Conversely, when you fail to do so, you are going to be paid less, given fewer responsibilities and will end up accepting a position that you are over-qualified for. (more…)