Matthew Solomon
26/5/2016 · 2 min read · ~100 · 1
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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

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.

26/5/2016
Phillip Hubbell

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.

26/5/2016

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