Where does a bright young graduate work nowadays? For a start-up!

Start-Up Job

Every year the MIP of the Politecnico in Milan organises an important conference on the digital economy. This year on 3 December in the Dadda – Carassa [the names of two professors of mine when I was doing my electronic engineering degree back in the early ’80s] lecture theatre hosted the following conference: Digital Innovation 2020: towards the open company.

Politecnico 2019

One of the addresses that struck me most was the one by Alessio Beverino of Panakes, which, among other things, commented on employment opportunities with start-ups for young people.
Start-ups offer employment opportunities for talented young graduates in Italy and abroad and in organisations, where the average ratio between the highest and the lowest salary is only 1:5 (in many organisations when these details emerge, they are very often a source of public outrage).

Unfortunately, the issue of work and employment took a backseat, but the address did stress that it takes more than digital skills and professionalism to deliver innovation, as a range of other hard and soft skills and qualities are essential…

Another aspect was also neglected:

How can you get in touch with start-ups?

Not everyone has a neighbour or an old school friend who runs a start-up mentored by their father…

It’s a question a Career Coach should be able to answer, especially if they operate in Milan or a city where start-ups have been around for years.

Here’s my advice:

Read newsletters focusing on entrepreneurship and start-ups, such as Start-up business, EconomyUp, Start-up Italia, etc. published in Italy and foreign countries (especially the UK and US)

Be active in communities: conferences at the Politecnico or Bocconi, Alumni community like Innovits of MIP at the Politecnico in Milan

Join mentorship associations like Reseau Entrepreneur

Join accelerators like Impact hub or Talent Garden

Do an MBA or Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Milan or abroad

Follow groups on LinkedIn dealing with start-ups

Search for lists of start-ups in your target sector (e.g. food, tech, life sciences)

Get to know Business Angels

Get to know Venture Capital (VC)

…and GoodGoing! ?

The extra support of a Career Coach with seniority and a specific expertise in this sector could make all the difference. GoodGoing! is here to respond to your needs. Together we can develop the necessary focus to put in place the series of consistent activities for reaching your specific goal.

We look forward to hearing from you!

About the author
Cristina Gianotti
For more than fifteen years Cristina Gianotti has been working in Coaching - Career, Executive and Business Coaching – supporting managers, professionals and entrepreneurs that are interested in investing in themselves and their own professional development. She comes from a management consulting, management and entrepreneurial background. In 2016 she published her fisrt book "E' facile cambiare lavoro se sai come fare" (It is easy to change job if knowing how) with bookabook. In 2018 the second one "Connecting Dots: il networking questo sconosciuto" (Connetting dots: the unknow professional networking").

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