It’s a timeless debate – where should the aspirational twenty-something spend the earliest years of their career? Should they start a business? Pursue further education? Perhaps set sail for foreign lands?
Each choice offers pros and cons, and as though to complicate these options further, another proposition has sprung up – beginning a career in a startup, an option that appears especially promising for India-based professionals in their 20’s.
India beckons for professionals, startups and investors alike
India is a unique trading landscape for the agile, ambitious ethos of the start-up. In this commercial land, industries are vast, fragmented, and inefficient – setting a scene ripe for innovation. There may be nowhere better in the world to start-up than in India, and likewise nowhere better to begin a career than India. Here, the start-up scene is thriving – with the country now holding the title of the third largest start-up nation in the world, with foreign governments and wealthy individuals flocking to invest in fledgling start-up brands.
As a twenty-year-old, professionals are typically free and flexible
Facing early mornings, long days, and late nights with verve, twenty-year-olds are determined and available to meet the fluctuating demands of the typical start-up.
One day, they could be on-site, the next, they may be travelling the length and breadth of the country – or voyaging abroad. Being free from the ties that typically come in later life.
In the startup environment, career trajectories can be rapidly scaled
Steadily working the way up the corporate ladder takes time. Lots of time. Even determined professionals can only realistically expect an executive position no sooner than three-quarters of the way into their working life. In contrast, securing an executive position in a start-up stands the average twenty-something in great stead for a future promotion in the traditional corporate world.