Kickstarting your career in a startup

“A big business starts small.” – Richard Branson.

Once you have finished college, there might be immense pressure on you from your family, friends, and acquaintances. Some of your classmates/ friends would have been placed on a prominent Multinational company. Deep down your heart needs a job that would let you go with the flow and explore your skills. If you are such a person then kickstarting your career in a startup is the right choice. This choice of yours may leave your family unsatisfied. Let them understand the reasons why you have made this choice.

“Providing Internships changes the whole equation” – Eduardo. J. Pardon

Several startups are open to providing internships for college students and fresh graduates. They trust in the thrust of young minds. The way of approaching the startups is to contact them through emails / by a direct visit with an updated resume in hand. Before approaching them for an opportunity make sure you have a clear idea of what the startup is all about and why you wanted to be in their team. 

The interviews in startups are mostly interactive and informal. So make yourself comfortable which would help in obtaining a mutual understanding. Pay attention to the roles assigned to you after you are selected and ask all the queries regarding the same. Then get to know the internship period, work timings, stipend, and the opportunities offered in the company post completion of the internship. Only when you both have satisfaction at the end of the meeting proceed with accepting the offer. 

Working in a startup you will always be filled up with mixed emotions. The initial phase would be quite difficult to handle. You might be one of the initial team members of the startup and will be in a circumstance to start from scratch. There will be no expertise to guide and assist you in the process. But that’s the starting point where you could identify your strengths, enrich your knowledge, develop the never-give-up attitude. However, the delight of achieving the output you wanted by starting from scratch will remain an unmatched moment in your life. 

Post the intern period begins the phase where you will start to grow with the startup. This might lead you to do multitasking. Some may be able to cope up with multi-tasking and some may feel it as pressure. In case if you are not able to handle the pressure for more than a month then inform the startup regarding the same. Multitasking might seem fascinating, but if it’s not handled properly it might end up as 

“Jack of All Trades. King of None” – Spanish Proverb.

You are doing good and you will end up at your destination. All the best for your future endeavors. 

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