Your job isn't guaranteed
There’s no such thing as an iron rice bowl. While you might think the small-scale nature of a start-up makes it harder for them to retrench people, there’s no such thing. However it’s more likely to happen to those in middle management and above (but not always!).
Flexibility comes at a price
Millennials enjoy the flexibility that start-ups offer – but it comes at a price. Plenty of time and effort may get put into work that only you are familiar with, so there’s no one to replace you when you’re down and out. This means
you might have to work when you’re on holiday or even sick at home.
A start-up may not want you if you're "old".
Start-up companies do prefer millennials over the older generations. This is due to a variety of reasons, including the fact that they tend to be more tech savvy, energetic and driven.
The start-up culture isn't for everyone, especially if you like structure.
If you like structure, you’ll probably thrive in a corporate environment. Multitaskers might prefer a start-up environment but such companies often require next-level juggling, and there’s a lot more to lose in such cases.
You might have heard all about the pros and cons of a corporate or start-up job. Some people will tell you that the work culture is fantastic and you can work at any hour that suits you…but others find it taxing and tiring and that it’s difficult to juggle so many different tasks at once. Ultimately it boils down to your preferred style of working, and the only way to figure that out is to ask yourself what type of work environment do you really like?
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Once you have an idea of that, you’ll be able to figure out if a start-up is right for you. But just in case you’re on the fence, here are some things recruiters don’t always mention about working in a start-up.
Text: Collette Miles
Additional reporting: Karen Fong
Images: Envato Elements