The Allure of Startups

The Allure of Startups

I’m often asked why I’ve chosen to embark on the startup path. People are quick to point out the lack of job security, or how salaries compare to those in a corporate setting (which isn’t always lower). Instead, I see startups as robust opportunities for career growth and job satisfaction.

In the startup environment it’s all hands on deck. Positions are not as rigid as those in well-established companies, and it’s unlikely that you’ll be limited to doing only what’s in the job description. You have the unique opportunity of truly taking ownership of your position and making it what you want it to be.

Wherever help is needed, you will have the chance to try on a variety of hats (some you probably never considered wearing). While you may enjoy certain roles, challenges, and responsibilities more than others, all of these experiences will expand your skill-sets and help to determine what you want out of your career.

In this dynamic and fast-paced environment that calls for autonomous work and collaboration, such variety ensures that you'll never be bored. To be surrounded by like-minded individuals with the common drive for the startup to grow and succeed, the motivation and satisfaction felt is incomparable. Innovation is encouraged, and recognition for successes (and failures) rarely go unnoticed.

In larger corporations, often the company’s vision can seem distant from your daily work. However, in a startup, the innovators who brought their ideas to fruition are never far. It’s not uncommon to find yourself working alongside the CEO, something that would seem implausible in a larger workplace. You gain a better understanding of where your contributions fit into the big picture, making each member feel valued and personally invested in the success of the company.

And of course, there are the perks of startup culture at CareGuide. There’s a strong sense of community, casual dress code, team lunches, dogs in the office, unique office decor, and a beer fridge.

The startup life isn’t for everyone, but if you like what you read above and feel you’re up for this challenging but rewarding career, I encourage you to join us.