Where do I start my career- Startup or a massive giant?
Life out of college/ school sounds too early in life to chase our dreams ? I wouldn't think so. We start chasing our dreams when we want to start. Finding THAT ideal dream job with a corporation may at times get a wee bit hard to find, not impossible. You'd have a structured team with well defined process and procedures. Our ability to innovate or be creative in change will take its own time in a corporate world. Unlike startups where you have ownership and are more open to change as everyone there in a start-up is trying to make it work at the same time proving themselves.
Start ups won't pay big, but the experience you gain working for a startup is unmatchable. It is easy to make a buck with a corporate, have a party every weekend and sit down to scratch your head after 3-4 years to realise your dream and the career don't really match and you want to undo and get back to chasing your dream.
Remember both startups and corporations have their negatives and positives. Analyse the options you have in hand. Startups mean high risk and high return. Corporate is, I'd not say low but, medium risk and medium returns.
You may not be able to define your career the first day out of college, but you should be able to say where you'd like to be after 3 years, after 6 years and even after 9 years. Have short term and long term goals. Start consulting a much more experienced person to see how you can align your short term and long term goals. Your trusted professor can be a good start. You can ask your dad's friend too. No harm done in asking around to be sure of what you are doing or you have Sadikhov always to come and ask almost anything about IT, Certifications and Career.
Should I quit my job from the corporate I'm in and find a startup ? Not really, no. If you are already in a job, learn the traits of the job. Observer how well the structure and process works and where exactly does it break. Most corporations have everything built by its earlier employees and if they haven't revised, the processes would be old and even obsolete. Your ability to develop a horizontal skill knowledge base from a corporate and later working for a startup will also deem fruitful. You might have solutions to some problems a start-up might have if not all.
You are more dedicated to a smaller part of the business in corporate. In startups you end up doing more than just your part of the job as required in the company. Work at least once in a startup in your career. It will definitely be benefitting experience. Here are some articles from the web. I've only taken the latest (2011 or 2010) to ensure it helps all of us
Market Trend in America: http://smallbiztrend...n-startups.html
Article 1: http://learntoduck.c....corporate-life
Article 2: http://blog.startupr...g-corporation-5
Discussion in Linkedin: http://www.linkedin....P/68314-3282716