When I told my friends at college that I got selected for a Summer Internship at a startup, some were very happy and shared the feeling of excitement along with me. But most of my friends seemed skeptical about it. Oh! And my parents too. The worrying part amongst all of this was that I could relate to their point of concern, and truth be told, I myself was pondering a little. They couldn’t understand why I wasn’t willing to go for an internship (like most of my friends) at a big established company, where I would be aware of the work (quality and quantity) that I’ll have to do. So I had to choose. On one hand, there was a stable company. On the other hand, there is an early stage startup that is just kicking off. But for me, what worked in the favor of the startup was that I loved their product and believed in their mission.
It has been 4 weeks since I joined GrabOnRent. And now, I can firmly say that I made the smarter choice. Working here made me realize the basics of working in an organization and what constitutes as the building blocks of any business.
Here are some reasons why you should take the plunge into the startup world.
It’s all about the responsibility
Working at a startup most probably implies that you are part of a small team. It can be as small as in single digits. This means that you’ll most likely not have a co-employee having the same skill-set as yours.
At the time of my joining at GrabOnRent, the core team of the company was already in place. The was a head of operations, a lead designer, a marketing head and so on and so forth. I joined in as a content writer for the company. I was assigned the task of maintaining their blog and to give a streamlined direction to it. Four weeks into the internship, I have become kind of a de facto person for their content needs. This pushed me to be more versatile, more reliable, and more productive than in any other project I’d undertaken—in other jobs or at any time during school or college. At a bigger company, I may not have been given the same opportunity. Was I the most important part of the team? Definitely not. But was I an integral part of it? For sure.
You get to do plenty of different things
As young individuals, we always like to explore a lot of other things other than our core job. The most frequent complaint I hear from my peers who joined the more established companies is that they do not get to do that. Working at a startup will allow you to don multiple hats, even that weird one that you didn’t think you would ever like (trust me on that), but find out that you did. Looking back on the past four weeks that I’ve worked at GrabOnRent, I’ve lost track of all the different tasks that I’ve been able to take part in, from logo designing to new laptop testing, managing an offline event to getting posters printed. I joined GrabOnRent as a content writer but now, but now I feel comfortable in a lot of different areas.
True innovators to guide you in the right direction
People who start their own business have a different mental and professional makeup than those who have never gone off to create something of their own. Because of this innovative nature, entrepreneurs are some of the best people to learn from. The co-founders at GrabOnRent helped me to a great extent in improving my writing skills. They often view the problems from a different perspective, giving me a wider appreciation for the different avenues that exist for finding solutions. Every successful startup has true innovators, and if you find the right ones, you’ll learn plenty.
Hard work is recognized. (Your failures too)
We all know that it is very difficult, almost close to impossible for your work to be acknowledged in a huge company where hundreds of employees are working to make their bosses happy. Most of the time, someone higher up the chain will take credit for your work, which is even worse. But at a startup, you are guaranteed to be rewarded provided you do well. That is simply because your hard work is directly reflected in the company’s performance. On the flip side of that coin is that it’s also really easy to see when you’ve screwed up. This is actually a good thing because it prevents you from slacking off. So it keeps you focused in the game. Another thing is that since you know that your mistakes will be noticed easily, you’ll try to eliminate them so that your colleagues are not disappointed. I still remember the first day, my first article was appreciated by a few of my co-workers. That feel-good factor cannot be matched easily by anything else.
Most of the startups have awesome workspace
I’m sure all of you hated to go to school in that ugly uniform. In college, you might have been lucky enough to not have a uniform. But then once you join a corporate job, you would be bound to wear that uncomfortable formal outfit every day. Startups have no such restrictions. I am currently wearing a jeans and a polo. This makes me feel comfortable. So I wear it. I have people coming in the office wearing flip-flops too. And no one is there to judge them. Also, you can term it as a slow day if there isn’t at least one good joke every hour. There are bean bags lying in the office and people use it when they want to relax a bit. You can browse through your Facebook timeline or watch one or two Youtube videos in between your work on the company Wifi, unlike in corporate offices where almost everything is blocked. And if you are lucky enough, you might have cool co-founders who throw frequent parties at their place. I had one.
You’ll understand the value of hard-work and ownership
According to me, this is the most important benefit of joining a startup. You start to realize the importance of hard work and why creative thinking will make you successful. You also understand the good feeling when you own something completely and nail it eventually. For those who do not actively create, or are continuously creating for someone else’s benefit, it’s difficult to understand the great importance of personal ownership and the liberty needed to pursue that ownership.
When they say “It’s like a family”, they actually mean it
On my first day, one fo the co-founders made sure that I am familiar with everyone in the office and vice versa, although I wasn’t sure as to how many of them would be able to remember my name. To my surprise, in two or three days I realized that all my colleagues knew my name and what I do. There is a certain kind of satisfaction in that. During my internship period, the startup also raised a round of funding, and I was as happy as any other member. Because I feel that it’s as much as my company as anyone else’s.
Only a week is left after which I’ll have to return back to college. I would really miss this place and the people I worked with for a month. I reckon, it would have taken me a year to build a similar kind of bond in a corporate office. I heartedly wish to work soon again, after I end this tenure, with such a prolific team who values work and its members on the same scale.
Kudos to GrabOnRent!