Start-ups are the new graduate jobs! If you’re coming out of university or just starting the job-hunt, don’t turn your nose up at the world of start-ups just yet. You probably will have heard some horror stories along the way (I’ve got a few) but as long as you join successful start-ups, your career could be off to a flying start!
Joining a start-up for the first time can be a weird experience. Some have offices, others don’t, others are pretty much homeless. However, it’s not the fact that the company pays rent that makes it such a successful start-up, it’s that they have grown from one person’s idea to a fully functional company.
Swing by any Google Campus or coffee shop in Shoreditch and you’ll find lots of people crowded around small tables either typing furiously or holding them heads in their hands. It’s hard to see a start-up though these days and even harder to know what start-ups are worth investing your time in.
The reality of the situation is that you’re never going to make much money working at a start-up but the experience you’ll gain and room for growth makes it a worthwhile investment. Online MBA have detailed in this video what successful start-ups look for in their employees.
This is what we learnt:
- The hallmark of the best start-ups is mission-driven employees.
- Facebook once offered to buy a small-time start-up just to win over their employees and their exceptional talent.
- Successful start-ups hire from friend base more-so than other companies. If you know talented people, get them to pass your name on. Some even give their employees an incentive for referrals.
- Culture and mission are what drive start-ups so don’t take it personally if you get rejected from a job that would be perfect for you. You just might not be the right fit for the company dynamic.