WHY WORK IN A STARTUP WHILE STUDYING?

Let Leg helps schools initiate fun games and physical activities in order to create a more stimulating education for the children.

My name is Micki Kold Nagel and founded Let Leg in February 2015 – 6 months before I began studying Business Administration and Psychology at CBS.

Let Leg helps schools initiate fun games and physical activities in order to create a more stimulating education for the children.

Founding or working in a startup is unknown territory for many students so in this blog I will try to explain why I think it is a good idea – and why it’s not as hard as you may think.

Low financial risk
Many people I have met believe founding a company is expensive and full of risks – for me, it wasn’t. I got my first customer before I had spent 5.000 DKK. I tested my idea at the school where I was employed as a substitute teacher. They gave me valuable feedback for months, which changed my idea so many times I can’t remember. So my advice – if you have an idea – is to go out and test it on your ‘ideal customer’ in the cheapest possible way. You’ll get valuable feedback on your idea for very little money, which will help you decide if you should proceed.

More relevant than you (may) think
This one is more relevant if you’re thinking about taking a job in a startup. I have encountered the pressure for a ‘relevant job’ numerous times during my studies. If you were studying my degree the best thing to do was to get a job in an HR-department – and if you could get one in a famous company that would be even better. However, working in a startup will give you so much more in my opinion (to be fair, I never tried the alternative myself). In a startup, I believe you get a much broader business understanding because you are faced with problems regarding all aspects of a business. Even though you are not a founder you are sure to be working very closely with them on a daily basis and will most likely get involved in big decisions that large organisations would deal with in their boardrooms 10.000 miles away from your student-helper-desk.

Great fun
I won’t lie, working in a startup requires a big time-investment and you will probably earn less than if you had a student job in a larger organisation – but it’s worth it. It is a lot of fun and you will meet a lot of passionate people that also like to think outside the box.

 

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