The other day, Desirae tweeted about an article she came across about whether or not you should join a startup company right after college. The general gist of the article was that you shouldn’t join a startup right away, because even if the salary/benefits seem good, if/when the company goes belly up, it’s like you never worked there.
He says that after the company goes bankrupt, you’ll have nothing to put on your resume because no one will have heard of the company or be able to look it up. Which is an odd thing to say on multiple fronts because you WILL have things to list on your resume (all of your experiences at the company) and even if the company doesn’t exist anymore, you still have fellow coworkers/bosses who can be contacted as references with other emails/phone numbers.
He also complains that all the work you’ll be doing is “grunt work” and therefore you wont have any “relevant experience” to show on your resume. On the one hand I know that if you are entry-level person at ANY job, there’s going to be some starting work that’s not super exciting or stimulating. But you need to learn things, you can’t expect to be thrown onto a super important project your first day on the job. You work your way up, regardless of the size/age of a company!
Of course, I’m basing my response to this article on my own experiences. I worked at a startup for 2 years straight out of college. And then I got laid off. But my resume had plenty on there from all my useful experiences there, and a few months later I was able to get a new job.
And even at my new job, I started with the less glamorous work, but I’ve learned so much these past 10 years and worked my way up to gain more responsibilities.
What do you think of the article? Is joining a startup a waste of time right out of college? Or a worthwhile experience? Did you join or start a startup?