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What It's Like to Work for an SME

 13th Nov 2018

An SME is a small or medium-sized enterprise whose body of employees falls below a certain number. Within these companies there could be a team of ten, but there could also be a team of two-hundred. Graduates are often put-off by the thought of applying for roles within an SME because they fear their small size. However, it’s important not to close the door on SMEs or start-ups – you might be missing a great opportunity to a fast-tracked career.

What do you bring to the SME?

Working for an SME will mean you’re welcomed by a small team. It’s an incredible opportunity to build relationships with co-workers and become an important member of the team.

This means you have to know what it is that you can bring to the group. Self-awareness is the key to successful independent and team work, and great teamwork is an essential asset to an SME.

Day-to-day skills

SMEs are noticeably less hierarchical than large companies. A small body of colleagues can become much more interconnected because goals are shared.

Your own individual role outside of the team will likely be varied and flexible. As there is more responsibility to be shared out, your skills can be nurtured until you’ve grown a valuable wealth of new ones. SMEs focus on your development.

In turn, excellent work is more likely to get noticed. The great thing about working for start-ups and SMEs is that, among a small body of colleagues, individual talent becomes easier to notice. Subsequently, you may be offered fast-tracked career advancements.

Growing your confidence

Outside of the 9-to-5 graft, you have to be great with people. As part of an SME, it’s likely that you’ll be required to attend industry-relevant events to promote the brand. Don’t worry – if you feel that you need to develop these skills, there’s plenty of opportunity to build your confidence over time.

The requirement of networking skills exists to help the company’s business circle grow, but also because SMEs prioritise your personal brand, too. This means that you’ll be able to put time and effort into building an excellent professional profile based on the events you attend and the great stuff posted to social media.

Otis Robinson, marketing executive at Halston Marketing and former Grafter, says: “Networking can be a daunting task, but it’s rewarding to know that I’m helping my career and our SME to grow.”


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