When you’re taking your first steps on the career ladder, – particularly in the tech and information sector, which is expanding and evolving so rapidly – all the advice from friends, family, career advisors, teachers, recruiters and more can be a bit overwhelming. The job market today is increasingly becoming more competitive and fast-moving, and on top of that, you have to consider your own needs from the company you take your first steps with. It is always a personal preference where you would like to work however to have a better look at we decided to share our own thoughts and best practices.
Do you want a role that helps you become a real expert in a certain discipline, or are you keen to broaden your horizons? Do you want every day to be a mad, exhilarating rush, or are you looking for a better work/life balance? These are all questions you’ll need to ask yourself, as knowing what you’re looking for can be the difference between a fantastic first move or one that leaves you de-motivated and sets you back.
However, one of the biggest questions we get asked by candidates looking to start their career is: Small or big business?
Small is better in many ways, in my opinion. You benefit from the expertise, support and friendly culture of close-knit teams, and can learn from your colleagues every day. Small businesses also tend to have quicker hiring processes and are more likely to take a chance on candidates with a little less experience as they’re keen to fill the position. If you’re willing to learn, there’s flexibility in small businesses to help give you the training you need on the job. Company communications in a small business also tend to be much clearer.
As team members rely on one another much more in small companies than larger organisations you’ll be caught out quickly if you are not pulling your weight within a small team, and if you want to stick to a set routine in your day-to-day, that’s probably not possible most of the time in a small company.
Of course, there are also plenty of benefits to kicking off your career in a larger organisation. Big companies will have a lot of infrastructures already set up to help new starters on their way, and you can understand the foundations which are already laid out. There are often clear paths for career progression and development in place in large companies, so you can be confident that you’ll get to move up the ladder if you prove yourself, while the route to promotion might be much less defined in a small organisation.
Working for a large company is also a good way to be introduced to people and gain valuable contacts, as you’ll simply be around more people in your day-to-day at a large company. If you’re looking for a more specialised role, a large company is often ideal due to the way they are structured. A clearly defined role can help you become a specialist in your chosen discipline, and increase your value in the job market.
However, if you’re looking for flexibility and variety in your first role, a big company probably isn’t for you. There’s a lot of red tape and bureaucracy in large organisations that can make it difficult for you to stray from the fairly tight parameters of your job role. Plus, if you’re the innovative type and are looking to make waves in your first role, you won’t get too far in a large company.
The right position and company for you can be hard to find, particularly as a new starter in the tech industry, and it might even be a case of trial and error to start with. iResource aims to take the trial and error out of your job search and match you up with companies that fit not just your skills, but what you want from a workplace too. We are passionate about being a crucial part of growing companies and want you to succeed! We pride ourselves on delivering nothing but top quality to ensure you grow with the right people and in a timely fashion. To find out more, please get in touch with the team at IDS and see how we can help you.
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