4 Reasons Students Should Get Involved With The Startup Scene
It’s nearing that time of year where the textbooks are cast aside and the delirious nights spent cramming are laid to rest, if only temporarily. Cue sleeping in ‘til twelve, binge-watching entire seasons on Netflix, and eating your entire body weight in Tim Tams… well, for the lucky few, at least.
For those living outside of home, getting work is necessary for both your wallet and sanity. You could increase the hours of your weekend bar job and spend your days pouring drinks for that one regular who knows better than to ask for a shot at 9 am. Or maybe, if you’re feeling particularly precocious, drop your resume off to a prolific engineering firm or hip marketing company. While these options are good, chances are they won’t provide you with an all-inclusive work experience; that is, a job that’s relevant to your degree and actually pays a living wage.
Though you might be tempted to pick up the tea towel again, another option exists that won’t require you to peddle coffees. What is this absolute unicorn of a job prospect, you ask? Why, it’ll be your humble startup!
When one thinks of startups, what immediately comes to mind? An image of two waspish tech heads tapping away on their laptops in their mum’s garage? A disillusioned ex-web developer spouting his new technological creation to frightened bus-goers? Fear not, for outside your vivid imagination lives a world of early-stage businesses ready and waiting for an idealistic young mind just like yours.
Here are four reasons why working for a startup is the perfect summer job!
1. Startups need your help
Feeling altruistic? Startups are in dire need of your help! Fruitful for both employer and employee, the experience of working for an early stage business will not only greatly benefit the business owner, but their fledgling employee too. Due to the lack of staff and resources, working for a startup will require you to don many hats, thus building up a versatile skill base that will be of value to future, prospective bosses. Furthermore, the chances that you’ll secure either a part-time job or a permanent placement after university are significantly higher than that of a large corporation, who are no doubt inundated with submissions on a monthly basis.
Working for a startup varies greatly from a corporate job, as everything you do makes a vital difference. Unlike standard employment, where hierarchy exists on a series of levels and each role is broken down and complemented by a specific staff member, a startup will involve you working across all facets of the industry. Major in marketing? Great, you’ll also be doing some business development, project management, and event coordination.
2. Get a job that will add value to your resume
Instead of spending your holidays scraping plates at restaurants, or getting taken advantage of with some dodgy internship, why not better invest your time with a summer job that caters specifically to your interests? Though scoring a hospitality gig is a great way to earn a disposable income, obtaining a job pertinent to your degree is a sure-fire way to get a leg up on the competition. At the end of the year, when everyone has graduated, updated their LinkedIn and sent off their resumes, how will you stand out from the rest?
One great advantage to working for a startup is that, due to the fact that they don’t have a score of employees already to undertake every task, the likelihood of you being relegated to a dull, boring task is quite slim. Instead of getting the small jobs fit more for an automaton than a human (eugh, data entry) you’ll be given a varied assortment of tasks that are instrumental to the company’s success.
3. Networking opportunities
Due to the surge of coworking spaces in Brisbane, the concept of coworking has become increasingly popular, and with that, the number of startups attracted to said places. By securing a job at a communal workspace, you’ll immediately become a part of a community of like-minded people and potential contacts. With regular events, such as networking, panels, workshops, and conferences, places like CEA offer a plethora of opportunities that are virtually unheard of outside these startup ecosystems.
4. Learn what it takes to start your own company
Think of an established business as a car, with your job being to merely drive it. A startup, on the other hand, would involve you assisting in the construction of the vehicle, regularly maintaining all the cogs and functions and steering it – all at once. Understanding the most primal aspects of running a business will not only make you a better addition to a company but will teach you vital managerial skills that would otherwise take years to accumulate. These skills, as well as inside knowledge of the trials and tribulations involved with starting a business, can ensure you bypass common mistakes most startups make.
So, what are you waiting for? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can work for a startup!
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