The beginning of your career is an exciting but stressful time. As you begin to make choices that will lay the groundwork for the rest of your career and affect your future, you want to ensure you're making smart, informed decisions. Perhaps you've already narrowed down a list of companies you'd love to work for; perhaps you're torn between what type of company would best fit your needs and highlight your skills.
The allure of landing a job right out of college at the next big start-up in Silicon Valley can seem glamorous, but will it fulfill you or burn you out? Likewise, a job at a non-profit might align with your values and bring you job satisfaction; but will the salary?
Allow us to relieve some of the stress and break out the pros and cons of each kind of company below.
If you are considering working at a small company...
If you want to work for a large corporation...
If you want to work for a non-profit organization...
These pros and cons are not necessarily all-encompassing attributes of all small, large and non-profit companies, but can be used as a starting point for company research. For additional details and a better sense of company culture, conduct informational interviews with companies/contacts that you're interested in working for.
Karen Schneider is the founder of 30ThirstyAndTrying.com, a personal and professional development site for women offering advice on career, life, + love. She is a freelance writer and contributes to a number of career sites, including The Muse and Career Contessa, and has been featured on Fast Company, Inc., Business Insider, and Harvard Business Review.
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