Choose A Startup.
Great rundown from Fast Company on the upside of taking a job at a startup instead of a corporate job. Wish that these kinds of jobs were around back when I graduated from college.
He’s right. If you can, while you can – take the job at the p – even if its long hours and not as much money as you could be getting at some corporate gig, now is the time to take the risk – now is the time to pour your energies into this. You can always get that corporate gig later on – you may not even need to if one of you r startups hits it big.
If I had to do it over again, I would totally jump right into startups first – however, make sure that you pick the right one – make sure that you mesh with the founders and everyone pulls their weight. You may not know this until you’ve worked there for a bit – so my best advice is – if it looks good- go for it – but be careful that you don’t get roped into doing more than your fair share.
You’ve graduated from college, diploma in hand (or in the mail), and you have a couple of job offers on the table. Other than being one of the lucky graduates in a weak economy, you have a choice to make. On one hand is a high-paying entry level position at a reputable brand in your field. On the other hand is a job offer from a small startup that is just kicking off. You’ve seen their product, believe in their mission, and like their approach, but aren’t sure you want to take on the risk of working at a startup. You’re leaning toward that corporate job and good pay with nice benefits. The smart choice.