I started my career at a multinational F&B company, the top one in worldwide. And I have been working at a startup for around 9 months now. There are quite a lot of ups and downs in my career journey. I really want to share something about career choice to you guys.
After graduation, probably you will ask one question – Everybody is getting into huge corporation, should I apply for it too? Before submission of the application form or your resume to HR, please ask yourself several questions:
- What is my career aspiration?Seriously, it is an ultra important question in your career development. For some people, it takes some time to figure out, which is normal; for some people, they have already had a clear direction of their career developments. If you are not sure what you want to do, getting into a corporation is obviously a good idea, because you can realise what is the functions of each position. They provide you a better picture how each role is linked to each other. You will then have a better idea of how your career should be.
- What kind of “Learner” am I? Am I a person who learn from mistakes? Am I a person who gets initiatives to learn new things?Working or running a startup is no easy task. Basically you are facing challenges everyday. Nobody could spare extra time to teach you technical skills or management skills. What you need to do is to learn the skills by yourself. “JUST GOOGLE IT!” is my motto now. If you are not initiative enough, do not join a startup company! Because you will just drag the development of a company. Now, take some time to understand yourself a bit and find out what type of learner you are.
- Are you willing to dedicate your time to a startup?
Startup journey is an amazing experience. Remember the law of give and take? You should expect that once you join a startup, you may need to work on holidaysssss or work overtime. It’s not fun, but sometimes you have to commit to it. Because if you do not do it, things would sometimes never happen.
I am not asking you not to fall in love or stay apart from your families. Because their support is very vital for you to grow with the startup. Be prepared that maybe they will blame you for not accompanying them enough, which is normal. All you need to do is to tell them your reason behind of working in a startup and ask them to support.
- Why do you want to join or found a startup/ MNC / any other corporation?There must be a reason for every single thing in this world. There must be an initiative behind for you to make each decision ( If you are not a logical person, please NEVER START A STARTUP!). 95% of the time in your career development is terribly rough. It is so rough that the ups and downs would make you lose yourselves. In worst case, those frustration will tear you off and make you stop. At this moment, remember to your first belief – the reason you join or found this startup/MNC/any other corporation. That maybe the only reason to make you stay.