Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Start-Ups v.s. Large Networks: Which is Better for your Career?

I recently stumbled upon an article on LinkedIn titled Don't Waste Your 20s at Google or McKinsey, which discussed how folks our age who are involved in the technological industry are likely to get caught up in the exciting blur of promise found at big-name companies and in turn stunt their own personal growth. Although working at Google does seem incredibly fun - if the movie The Internship is anything to go off, I mean - given my status as a film school student, it isn't likely that I'll work for them anytime soon. However, this same concept certainly can be applied to those of us who are in the entertainment industry.

The equivalent of working at a large tech company is interning for a large TV network. Although we're encouraged to apply for internships at production companies that no one has ever heard of - the "start up"'s of the Silicon Valley world - the end goal is always working for a bigger name.

But what is the benefit of that?

Outside of stability, working for a bigger company may not be the answer to all of your questions. If you're looking to grow as an individual in the industry, growing right alongside a brand new production company or talent agency will teach you much more than your day-to-day "this-has-been-done-one-million-times-before" duties at a larger network. Just think about it - if you're thrown into the birth of a new company and take the time to manage all the issues it will encounter over the years, you're getting firsthand experience dealing with a multitude of scenarios. At a larger company, the method for dealing with any issues was perfected years ago, so you don't have to do anything but your job.

There's always room to argue both ways, but do take into account the importance of establishing a career from the ground-up. It will give you knowledge that other people in the industry may never have, simply because they chose to go straight to the top instead of working their way there.


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