I’m 20, and I’m graduating with a BS in software engineering. I got offered a very awesome job at a top software company and I got offered a really cool job at a startup in a big city, too. I want to be able to do both. Is there a way I can take the corporate job, and still keep the other one, like a side hustle? Is that doable?
How do I approach it/propose it to the startup?
I picked the corporate job in the Midwest because
1) It pays better
2) My family lives there
3) It was where I interned
but I don’t want to give up the other job because
1) It is a great culture fit
2) The big city is exciting
3) I think it will be a great chance for having great mentors
How do you think I should go about it?

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  1. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    You can’t have both jobs at once because both jobs come with the expectation that you will be completely available during regular workday hours.

    Here’s how to think about choosing between the two jobs:

    A startup means you will have ill-defined projects that change all the time. And the direction of the company will change a lot, which will make the code you wrote irrelevant and you’ll have to throw it out and start over.

    A big company will have clear durection and clearly defined projects. But its not as exciting to be there.

    You can pick either one and If you dont like it, get a different job. As an engineer, it won’t be hard for you to get a new job if you don’t like the one you have, so it doesn’t matter much which one you pick first. There will be plenty of other jobs down the line.


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