So you’re a scientist thinking of making the jump to work for a biotech or healthcare startup company? It’s a great idea, considering more than 260,000 people in the UK have launched a startup since the beginning of this year alone. You’re here at Golgi, meaning you’ve already taken the first steps towards a startup career, but is it really for you? Here are 6 ways in which working for a startup could be your dream job.
1. Expedite your professional and personal development
We know that biotech and healthcare startups are about more than the science. Unlike many narrow industrial positions, a job with a startup company can be much more flexible, and the limited number of team members means that you will often need to take on multiple roles. Not only does this mean you get the opportunity to widen your experiences, but you will acquire the associated skills along the way. Startups are always on the lookout for dynamic and malleable people, so if this sounds like you, a job in a startup could be perfect.
2. Create your own role
In addition to being able to expand your experiences in a startup company, you can also choose the direction in which these experiences travel. Biotech and healthcare startups cover many areas, from research & development to business, marketing to finance. If you’ve always wanted to build that bridge from science into a different area, at a startup, you have the opportunity to do that.
3. Which brings us to responsibility … and plenty of it
If you’re looking to take on more responsibilities and feel real meaning in your work, working for a startup company could be for you. 60% of young employees emphasise 'a sense of purpose' as part of the reason they chose to work for their current employers. In all startups, employers often have little extra resource and need employees to step up and take on key responsibilities from day 1, meaning you get to own your work and show how creative and reliable you really are.
4. Make your voice heard
Maybe heavy responsibilities don’t sound like such a pro at first glance, but with that kind of accountability comes a lot of opportunities. You’re proving yourself to be dependable and trustworthy in a setting where your employers are eager to hear your thoughts, even if you’re relatively inexperienced. Change and new initiatives in large companies often comes slowly and trickles down from the top. In startups, open-mindedness and creativity in employees is highly valued. If that kind of input is important to you, working at a startup is ideal.
5. Get your foot in the door
One of the noticeable things about startups is that the initial workforce is relatively small. If you start working for a startup at this early stage in its development, not only do you get the chance to watch the company grow, but you grow with it. Often, you’ll get the chance to employ others and take on more senior roles as the company expands. So if you’re ambitious in your career goals and are prepared to take on more authoritative and conscientious roles, you’ll likely be a promising candidate for a job in a biotech and healthcare startup.
6. Passion, passion, passion
And here comes the crux; the main reason people go for a job in a startup is rooted in their passion for the company. Employers want to know that you’re passionate about the work they do and that you want to get involved. Yes, everyone needs to earn a living, but you want to do it doing what you love. With a biotech and healthcare startup, you can do this in a place where you’re surrounded by people who feel the same way, and help patients in the long run. Whether it’s investigative science, creative marketing, or cutting-edge technology that really floats your boat, you just can’t beat a startup.