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    Matthew Solomon

    I'm a Recent Grad and Working in a Start-Up Almost Ruined My Career.
    I'm a Recent Grad and Working in a Start-Up Almost Ruined My Career.The story starts off the same as hundreds if not thousands of college students across the country. I spent four years of college developing, honing, and succeeding in what I believed would be the perfect career path for me. Classes and internships...


    Ashley Marie Taylor
    26/05/2016 #3 Ashley Marie Taylor
    Great article Matthew! In my experience (and through friends) I've come to the conclusion that working for a start up full-time after college is a horrible idea. Start ups require you to be a leader in your position with the confidence in skill to handle tasks without any overhead. For most recent grads, this is an impossibility as confidence builds through experience. And as you said, yes, start ups tend to take advantage of recent grads. My advice for those hell bent on working for a start up is to either intern at one during their college years or to work with one part time. Putting in the corporate grind sucks, but develops skills in navigating office politics and gaining confidence. Plus, being able to point fingers at upper management is a nice cop-out reserved only for entry level employees - take advantage of it. During my initial post-grad years, I worked full-time for a traditional ad agency while putting in a few hours a week at a local start up. This helped me gain the connections I would need later, grew my network, built my confidence and taught me how to think more like an entrepreneur.
    Phillip Hubbell
    26/05/2016 #2 Phillip Hubbell
    I have discovered that most things evolve into existence for a reason. Wishing it were not so doesn't make it so. After 30 years of working in corporate cultures with HR departments, no refrigerator or beer and after 6 months of paid vacation (severance)...I may be ready for a startup.
    Dean Owen
    26/05/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    I am sorry for your experience Matthew, but I do feel you may have not been suited for working in a startup so early in your career. The great thing about joining a startup is that you have a voice. In fact, they want you to speak out. They want you to extend your responsibilities to duties unrelated to the title on your business card. There is absolutely no room to be timid in a startup environment. It is one constant brainstorming session and if you offer no input, they won't want you to be riding the wave with them. Job descriptions are meaningless in a startup. If you found yourself wanting to speak to HR when there wasn't an HR dept, you were clearly not ready for startup culture. Trust me, most graduates are not ready. My younger self would have been kicked out in a week. But once in a while you find the right candidate who will dive straight in, understanding the meritocratic nature of startups, and they will be an invaluable member of the team. If you are thinking of things like paid vacation (which is a fine thing to think about ordinarily), the startup culture was not right for you.