What Is Working in a Startup Really Like?

Have you ever wondered what it is like working in a startup? Our friends at ClickMechanic thought they would give us the lowdown!

Guest Post written by Austin Tran

Hi, we’re ClickMechanic, an online marketplace for car repair that’s been running since 2012. Working in a startup is an option that is often overlooked by students considering their first career move, so we thought we would shed some light on what it’s really like.

1. Expect responsibility from day one
Unlike the first couple of months on a graduate programme, you’ll be thrown straight into the deep end from your first day. No endless hours formatting PowerPoints, taking yet more exams or residential training courses. Most startups simply don’t have the resources to spare. Your work will have a meaningful impact too. In a smaller team the impact of any one person is amplified, and you’ll often be the only person responsible for that function of the business.

2. Be prepared to work hard
In a startup, you’ll be part of a team trying to achieve a grand vision with a fraction of the resources. This means that you’ll need to work hard! Being able to prioritise your work is key, but sometimes staying late to finish your work is inevitable. The perks you’ve likely heard about are the exception rather the rule. Instead you’ll have to make do with sitting back with some free beer on a Friday evening and feeling proud of what you’ve done in the week.

3. You’ll never have to wear a suit
You’ll be hard pressed to find a startup with a dress code! This tends to be indicative of a more laid back working environment, with a focus on getting things done rather than showing your face. This means working hours tend to be more flexible, which is great news if you’re not a morning person.

4. Get out of your comfort zone
You’ll be given a job title when you start working, but don’t be fooled into thinking that’s all you’ll be doing. You’ll be tasked with whatever needs doing, rather than what fits your job title. This means you’ll often be asked to do things that you don’t have any idea how to do! Though this sounds daunting, it means you’ll learn new skills far quicker than in a corporate environment, and it certainly stops the days from being dull.

In conclusion
To succeed and have fun working in a startup you need to be willing to work hard and have a thirst for taking on new challenges. Certainly, it isn’t for everyone! You’ll often work harder for less pay than some of your friend in corporate jobs. However, you’ll be having lots of fun and learning many new skills that will set you up for your next career steps.

If you would like to know more about ClickMechanic, feel free to check out their website: www.clickmechanic.com


Clare Griffiths • 25/01/2017

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