I recently attended the Startup Open House here in Toronto and had an amazing time. Within the three hours of the event, I visited three startup offices (which is sadly only a small sample of the 100+ startups participating). From the three that I visited, I learned three very important things about startup culture:
- People are important
- No matter how big your business may become, act as if you’re still small
- Ping-pong tables are a must (I’m not joking. All startups that I visited have one!)
I’ll have more on these and other lessons I learned from this event on future The City Scavenger posts (yes, there was so much that I learned that it’s going to be a series!).
This got me thinking about my own journey with company culture and fit. Throughout my first year of university, I didn’t quite understand what these two things meant. They just felt like buzzwords HR managers would throw at you so you would want to work at their company.
Thankfully, I learned within my first year that fit (both in the sense of company culture and business field) is not only important; it’s essential. I feel like most first year students (and even some upper years) take this for granted. They pour their blood, sweat and tears into their undergrad, only to end up working in a company, business field or industry where they don’t fit.
Discover the kinds of company cultures you think you would best fit in early. You can do this by attending networking events, doing summer internships/co-ops for the companies you want to work for or even attending events like Startup Open House. Find your fit!