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Dos and Don’ts of a Startup Career Progression

Dec 15, 2017

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So you’ve landed yourself the job of your dreams — but now what? How do you progress in the startup world and end up the top-dog, high-powered, money-earning boss you want to be? Here’s a couple of Dos and Don’ts to really get your career ball rolling.

DO : make yourself known. Grow your contacts!

You know the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know”? Well, it’s 100% true. Working with new people gives you the chance to introduce yourself. Introducing yourself gives you the chance to open up new possibilities in the future. And opening up new possibilities … well, you get the idea.

DON’T : expect a career ladder.

Don’t look for a figurative career ladder, and definitely don’t look for a real one — because that’s just weird. Progressing in a startup is more like walking on a spiderweb than climbing up a ladder. You have to be prepared to move sideways into a career before getting something you’d consider a step up.

DO : have a plan of action.

It’s a bit like Alice in Wonderland, working for a startup. While the new opportunities will arise and take your fancy, it’s good to have an overview of where you want to be in 5 years’ time.

DON’T : give up easily.

It’s tough out there, working for a startup. You have to be prepared to persevere. Don’t give up easily on your final goal — no matter how hard it can be to reach. If all the entrepreneurs gave up on the second hurdle, we wouldn’t have the luxuries we have today. Here, have a few inspirational quotes to help you along your way.

DO : breach your comfort zone.

An impromptu talk on climate change in front of a dozen people? Do it! You might stutter, you might quake in your boots, but when the challenge is done, not only will everyone remember you, you’ll feel better about yourself. Throw yourself into situations where you might not be most comfortable. What better way to demonstrate adaptability, fearlessness, and perseverance in front of prospective hirers?

DON’T : be afraid of failure.

It’s a big buzz in startups, nowadays. While we don’t condone thinking of failure as “mega cool” or the “latest trend to follow”, we have to admit … there’s way more to be learnt from failure than success. Success will bring you the feeling of achievement. Failure will teach you lessons, make you stronger, and offer better experiences for next time. Take a look at these inspirational examples from the Business Insider.

Go forth and change the world!

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