Choosing where to start your career can be a difficult decision to make. Whether you want to work at a large corporate firm which can provide you with an excellent training programme and career path, or at a smaller company or SME (Small and Medium Enterprises.) Here you can make a real difference and have your skills highly valued.
Here are the pros and cons to working in a smaller company.
Pros to working in a small company
1. Noticeable successes
When you're working in a small company your hard work and successes are more noticeable. When you put the time in and succeed your are more likely to be commended for your efforts and you'll be high-fiving your colleagues before you know it.
2. Varied role
In a smaller company, graduates are more likely to be handed a more varied set of tasks to undertake. Leading to a variety of experience to add to your skill set and you'll be an employed working machine!
3. Better atmosphere
Working in a smaller office or workplace environment, graduates will experience a better workplace atmosphere. This is not to say everyday is a party, but working in a closer knit team breeds a camaraderie and friendship between employees.
No matter how hard you work and how much effort you put in, you are bound to slip up at some point. It might be an innocent mistake, but there is no hiding when you do - however you choose to deal with that mistake.
2. Slower career path
The career path available at a smaller business is usually a lot more frustrating. Graduates are often brought into these companies to perform a certain role and progression through the ranks can be a lot slower than it would be on a more regimented graduate scheme. Graduates in these roles can find themselves frustrated at not getting the opportunities and be flooded with early 20s angst.
Job stability is a lot lower in smaller businesses. Not just because there are less places to hide, these companies are more susceptible to failure than well established organisations. This is especially true when graduates are employed at start-ups.
Deciding whether to work at an smaller company or a large corporate firm has both its merits and its trade offs. For graduates, it should be about what they prefer and how they think their personality and career aims can be fed by the company offering them a role.