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Pursue an MBA or Join the Workforce? 5 Reasons Why Working for a Startup Might Be the Answer

Pursue an MBA or Join the Workforce? 5 Reasons Why Working for a Startup Might Be the Answer
From Recruiter - July 20, 2016

When college graduates survey theirfutures, most face a tough decision: Should Ijump into the workforce or continue myeducation?While no job can exactlysimulate the grit it takes to pursue an MBA or the experience gained from the process, Id argue that you can find similar opportunities for learning and growth inside the doors of a startup.

Startups bring together unique sets of individuals, ranging from up-and-comers to seasoned veterans and everyone in between. Passion and enthusiasm are part of the everyday lives of most startup employees. Rarely is there any shortage of opportunities for employees to stretch beyond their comfort zones and learn more.

Ive spenttime conversing with dozens of prospective employees about the ups and downs of working at a startup, and it has become increasingly clear to me how and why startups provide not onlyfulfilling work, but also opportunities for growth.

Here are five ways that working at a startup can giveyou both experience and educationsometimes similar to what youd learn in a classroom, and sometimes even better.

1. YoullFind a Career Path

When you work at a startup, you never wear one hat. Startup recruits must leave rigidity at the door and prepare to dive into whole new sets of experiences. Working at a startup gives you the opportunity to solidify or experiment with your career path. A lot ofcross-collaboration occurs between teams, and on-the-go feedback happens so regularly that you have the opportunity to learnat a very quick pacefrom your managers and peers every day.

2. Youll Learn to Spot the Macro Trends

In most MBA programs, a great emphasis is placed on the ability to spot macro trends i.e., the factorsdriving innovation and next-generation thinking in the world around you. When youre in the weeds at a startup, youll naturally begin to adopt asimilar mindset. At a startup, you have to innovate often and stay on top of the trends driving consumption of your product or service. Youre forced to look outside your bubble and into your surroundings, which will challenge you to rethink the way you look at your industry and its pain points.

3. Youll Gain Real Business Experience

Business schools aim to help students learn the basics of finances, lead predictions, and forecasting resources and models. But when you work at a startup, youll constantly depend on these models and learn to adapt as things change rapidly. Eventually it all becomes second nature.

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