It is not always easy when you are thinking of changing jobs. There are so many factors to take into consideration. People around you will give you all sorts of advice and tips, but in the final analysis it is up to you and what your personal requirements are that should form the selection criteria. Also pertinent to such a decision would be the ‘why’ and where ‘for’ you are making a job change. Do you feel bored and weighed down with your present job? Are you looking for something more exciting? Are higher salaries and perks your priority? Or are you just looking for a change that will add stimulation and zest to your working life.
If it is job security you are looking for it would be best for you to join an established company. Joining a large corporation will ensure this. Big corporations conjure up visions of up market working conditions (benefits and bonuses, and an opportunity to absorb corporate culture and discipline. As mentioned, not only do big companies offer better salaries, they also have better benefits and vacation time. You will get an opportunity to work with the different departments such as marketing, sales, HR etc. and interact with different people most of whom will be experienced and knowledgeable in their respective fields. In large companies you will also have the resources, guidelines and process to refer to when making decisions.
If at all the idea of joining a startup has been recommended to you, first look at what a startup is all about and the pros and cons of taking up such a job. A startup is a fledgling company and will take time and a lot of hard work to get a firm footing. It is like a new seed being planted and will need a lot of time, pertinent knowledge and care to succeed.
1. Is the company starting out with enough capital to keep it running through the nascent stages? What is the background of the founders?
2. Disadvantages of joining a startup would be you will have to work very hard with maybe basic resources;
3. The salary and benefits will definitely not match what a large corporation will offer;
4. Also getting salaries on time could prove a problem if the budget needs to be stretched.
5. Since it is a startup company and may not succeed, there is no job security.
If you are still in a dilemma on advice to join a startup company; or whether the security and other benefits of an established large corporation would be a better bet, the final decision can only be made by you. You need to be sure of the kind of work and lifestyle you want. What are the reasons for a job change – boredom? A better salary and benefits? Putting your talents to better use? Are you looking for job security? If it all of the above definitely joining a startup is not the answer.
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Article contributed by Startup Jobs Asia‘s Team.
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