Which Job Environment Is Right for You?
Finding the right job is an art and it also requires you knowing yourself and what you like and what you want out of a career. Often people search for jobs in their field without thinking about whether the job will fit their needs or lifestyle. Few people have the luxury to turn down a job opportunity, but during a job search it’s important to search for employment in companies that you will be comfortable in.
After college graduation, I searched and applied for jobs at every company that had an opening and ended up with jobs that I didn’t like. However, I learned a lot about the atmospheres within different sized companies and all of them have perks and downsides depending on what best fits your current — or desired — lifestyle.
Working from Home
If you are a freelancer, independent contractor or you own your own business, working from home can be a wonderful opportunity. It can also be a hard to actually get to work. A couple of years ago, I worked as a freelance publicist to a small, one-person company. It wasn’t until I started working for her that I realized I didn’t enjoy working from home, sitting at my computer and sending promotional emails all day. I was happiest interacting with coworkers and customers face-to-face. Also, if you want any kind of success working from home, you have to have excellent time management skills and the keen ability to not procrastinate. However, for people who have young children or who just enjoy freedom, working from home can be a viable option.
The Big Corporation (500 or more employees)
People who prefer to work nine to five, want their weekends off and like a set structure will enjoy working at a larger company. When working for a company with a lot of employees you end up being exposed to many different points of view and meeting a variety of people. A higher salary, better benefits and a retirement plan can be a perk as well. However, when I worked for a large corporation, I felt insignificant among so many people, and I had fewer opportunities to stand out and have my work recognized.
The Small Startups (5-9 employees)
Every job has its boring spells and startups are no exception, but often there is more variety and there is a certain level of exhilaration when a small group of people work toward a common goal of creating a successful company. Startups are fast-paced and they require flexibility and adaptability; you are always on your toes and must be ready to find a solution to any setback. I’ve learned more working for a startup than I ever did in any of my other jobs. I may not get paid as well as I did when I worked for a larger company, but I make a large contribution to the success of the company with my diligence and skills.
Everyone is different when it comes to job preference and when looking for a job it’s best to ask yourself what environment will fit your lifestyle the best. Do you want a higher salary or are you willing to sacrifice a higher salary for better experience and skill building? Are you willing to work on the weekends or do you want a job with set hours so you can have time for other things? Do you like the idea of a small company or a large company? Are work relationships a necessity for you? Do you prefer working alone at home or at an office in a team?
No job can fit all of your needs, but the size of a company can play a large part in helping you find the right job for your lifestyle.