Workaholic vs. self-actualization

Posted on December 6, 2011 by


In previous Blogs we read about reasons why Berlin is a famous and attractive place for start-ups. Now we will have a look why it might be interesting for YOU to work in a start-up company – or why not.

After graduating from university, most of the alumni try to find a job in a big company, as Daniel Villbrandt states in his blog on Why? Employers lure with attractive salaries and special programs for applicants who just finished university.

Why then working in a start-up? 

Especially in the Internet sector there are lots of possibilities to implement innovative business ideas and models. So do many young start-up companies. There are many positive examples of successful start-ups like 6Wunderkinder, Soundcloud or TechCrunch.

One striking example is of course Facebook. Being 7 years old it is quite hard to call it a start-up still, but this was a perfect example of how a small start-up developed to a multibillion company.

What is your job like in a start-up?

Start up companies often are characterized by young employees and most of the times there are no fixed structures, but just a rather rough division into some subcategories. Because of the flat hierarchies everyone is helping out where help is needed, following the “Hands-On” mentality. The author states that this goes along with a broad complexity of tasks for every part-taking worker. That means you will definitely learn a lot and make valuable experiences that you might not be able to experience when you’re working in a big company. Work in a start up is often on a first-name basis and without a dress code or anything, so the atmosphere is more relaxed.

Challenges and Risks

Villbrandt claims that many workers in start-up companies are often young and have little experiences, so the workday can be very chaotic. Process management and internal communication are not yet definitive.

What you require when considering working in a start up definitely is a good ability of working independently and a great willingness to invest a lot of time in your job, as you will have to get used to work overtime. Also there is the risk especially for young start-ups that they will not be able to sustain their market position and so permanent employment is not ensured.

Quite a few reasons to be sceptical – but in return you have a job in which you can realize yourself.