3 reasons to consider a tech startup for your next employment opportunity

June 12, 2013

For those qualified professionals with the degrees and training required to land IT jobs, there is a wealth of openings out there ready for the taking. Some workers, however, feel that for them, a conventional job at a tech company isn’t the way to go.

Working for a large corporation is a difficult grind. You’re often forced to start at the bottom, paying your dues by doing arduous work for less than ideal wages. It can be a slow, painful process to earn the respect of your superiors and prove that you’re ready to move up in the world.

That’s why some workers, especially young ones, are choosing to work for startup companies rather than sending their resumes to established firms. Success might not be guaranteed, but for some, it’s a gamble they’re willing to take. Your company might fail, but it also might be the next eBay or Facebook.

Here are three reasons you might consider working for a startup in your near future.

What do you have to lose?
If you’re young and relatively inexperienced in the IT industry, investing your time in a startup company is a low-risk endeavor. If you don’t have a mortgage to pay or kids to provide for, you have less reason to fear financial loss, and if your resume is still sparse, you’re not risking much in the way of career advancement. There’s no better time than your twenties for taking a gamble professionally. It might pay off, but if it doesn’t, who cares? You haven’t lost much.

It’s easy to get a foot in the door
Interested in working for a startup? There’s good news for you – they’re hiring in record numbers. Mashable recently reported a study by Silicon Valley Bank finding that 87 percent of tech startups plan to hire new employees in the next year. That’s a 14 percent jump from four years ago. There’s a great deal of new technology out there, and young companies need more employees to fully embrace its potential.

The possibilities are endless
Startup positions offer boundless potential. While it’s true that many fizzle out within their first couple years, there’s also the potential for massive growth. If you’re on the ground floor of a young company, building it from the very beginning, you’ll reap massive profits later on when the business is thriving.

Startup companies come with no guarantees. But if the time in your life is right, you might consider taking a gamble.