Entrepreneurship or Corporate World for Gen Y?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 18, 2010

gen y decision

A recent article on The Globe and Mail talks about the decision Gen Y faces when choosing entrepreneurship or a corporate job. No longer does it take experience to predict and build the next big thing. Today it is all about passion and if you have an idea just going after it.


Aditya Shah was offered numerous positions at prestigious companies after graduating from college. However he chose to join a entrepreneurial group and go after his own ideas.

“Figuring out what makes you happy is key because this will lead to success,” said Aditya. “You enjoy work a lot more when you’re passionate about it.”

Corporate Job

Mike Lopyrev chose to work at Google but doing so gave him the chance to be an intrapreneur.

“As an intrapreneur there is always drive to go out there and do something interesting,” says Mike. “Innovation and creation are part of Google’s corporate culture.” Google, he says, provides him with “a safe harbor to try new ideas and throw high-risk things out there to see what sticks.”

Both options are possible and if done correctly both can get you what you are looking for. It is important to figure out what you are looking for and then decide how you are going to go after it. Before jumping in it might be worthwhile to get your feet wet by working on side projects or taking a job with an innovative or startup company.

However at the end of the day there is no better time then now to go after your passion and ideas. Corporate jobs will always be there if you need it but the windows to start your business will only get smaller.

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About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.


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