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Why I chose to work in a startup at Silicon Valley

Written by Rene Cheng Published on 

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As a recent graduate with limited experience, employed in big companies wasn’t my biggest dream or wasn’t something I cared too much about.

Many aren’t from the U.S., most likely heard of Silicon Valley, the southern part of San Francisco Bay Area, as the global hub of high technology and innovation. All the big companies like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, VMWare, Apple, and more, either located here or have at least one of their branch offices here. Of course, I am still very grateful to be part of this well-known area. However, as a recent graduate with limited experience, employed in big companies wasn’t my biggest dream or wasn’t something I cared too much about. Instead, I see myself more in a start-up organization, and here are the reasons why I choose to be this way.

Be As Creative As I Can

Look, I am a content person, so my brain must be creative every second to develop ideas. Therefore, this is one thing I enjoy about working for a start-up product; you get to make an impact, be creative and suggest ideas. I might indeed be doing something out of my comfort zone or range, but It is certainly fun to experience and learn about different responsibilities and tasks.

More Responsibilities, therefore, More Opportunities

When you are given more responsibilities, simply it also means you will get more opportunities. You may already know, start-up operations most likely are less structured than you expect compared to corporate businesses. On the other hand, you will receive more opportunities to do better while bringing value to the work. Fail, try again, and do it right the next time, this is how a start-up is. While there are a lot of tests and trials, it just means you are learning more with each mistake. Since I am given more opportunities, perhaps I might have a higher chance for promotion because the work will most likely be recognized (Of course, so as my failure, but that’s okay because we are all learning here).

Learning From The Top

To be part of a start-up product, it is nice to have the chance to learn from the Founders, who transformed an idea into a business. It is fantastic to learn and communicate with the company’s leaders about their business tactics and ideas while fueling myself with more knowledge about the corporate world.

Grow With The Product

Like I mentioned before, I’m part of a start-up product, and it requires a lot of feedback, improvements, and development. Therefore, it allows me to grow with the product and see it turn into something bigger. To be honest, I am very grateful to be part of a team of people who wants to help others during these difficult times and I get to find value in my work!

To sum up, everything that has been stated so far, I am not saying that working in a corporate environment is wrong or has no room for growth. I am expressing my personal preferences and why I chose to be part of a small team. Depending on personal preferences, you might find the best out of working in a big company, while people like me find more joy in a smaller team.


Rene Cheng works as a Content Writer at a tech company – JobSeer, an AI-powered chrome extension tool designed to assist job seekers in their job search. She writes about job searching tips, networking strategies, mental health, and so forth. Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her on Medium to stay updated with Rene’s content. 

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Rene Cheng

Rene Cheng works as a Content Writer at a tech company - JobSeer, an AI-powered chrome extension tool designed to assist job seekers in their job search. She writes about job searching tips, networking strategies, mental health, and so forth. Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her on Medium to stay updated with Rene's content.

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