In the Post…
Greg Yardley, founder/CEO of our portfolio company Pinch Media tells the following story about graduating from college and facing the career question:
When I finished school, I had a MA in Russian history and absolutely no idea what to do with myself – I started working as a customer support rep at an Internet startup because they were the first ones to offer me a job. (If the startup was a week later with the job offer, I’d probably be a 911 emergency operator today. Sometimes life can lead you to unexpected places.) I was surprised to stumble across a field that I loved – soon I became a product manager, and now I’m the co-founder of a company. You never know – maybe there’s a career here for you that you’ve never considered.
Greg’s words could not be more appropriate to the current state of my career/life. Having recently graduated from college, I was faced with a choice:
- Enter the working world (with a conservative approach) – Get a job with will respected, high profiled employer. Good resume builder.
- Enter the working world (with a less conservative approach) – Join a startup, work on my own startup or company.
- Go back for more school – Law School, Masters, 5th, 6th year, etc.
- Travel and relax for a year or so
My original intent was to go back to school, however a unique opportunity presented itself, and now I am in the working world taking a less conservative approach then most of my peers.
As Greg said, “Sometimes life can lead you to unexpected places. I was surprised to stumble across a field that I loved.”
This could not be more true.
Are You In College And Thinking About Your Career? Which decision would you make and why?