First job at startup, good idea?
March 16, 2011 2:09 PM Subscribe
I just got an offer to my first job ever, a small startup with a good pedigree. Now I'm panicking a little, and I need some advice.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
1. The company is currently very small: everyone sits in the same large room and can see everyone else. I can be charming and amicable when I want to be, but I've never been good around people, especially in a high-performance environment. I feel like the potential for social repercussions is much more severe in this case. What if I don't make acquaintances and remain completely passive, as I so often do?
2. The company is a game company, and the genre of games they make isn't one I play very much. I'm passionate about game design and development, but I'm worried that my ambivalence for the final product would eventually make working there a drag, especially since the hours are fairly long (10-11h per day). Is this necessarily the case?
3. I'm most concerned with my performance. Since the company is so small, any mistakes I make can have a huge effect on the finished product. I've never had a job before, let alone a programming job, and I'm afraid of what would happen if I don't manage to keep up. (That's not to say I don't believe in myself, but these are untested waters.)
4. I'm worried that there'll be no escape route. What will happen to the company if I decide to leave? Will I be able to quit in a year and travel the world, if I so wish? What if I decide after a few months that the job is not right for me? I don't want the company to implode because of me, as unlikely as that may be. (Please tell me just how unlikely this is! I need to know!)
Basically, I'm panicking about the fact that this would be my first job, combined with the fact that the company is a tiny startup. Is this even a good idea? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!