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When graduated with an MBA or Bachelor's degree in any business field, is it more beneficial to work at a mid-level firm or large firm if you look to obtain enough capital from your job and then invest into starting your own entrepreneurial enterprise?

I look to graduate with a degree in marketing and would like a job at a sizable firm so I can make money, but once I have worked for 15 to 20 years in corporate industry I want to become an entrepreneur and start my own marketing agency to work with local businesses and eventually move my way up. Would working at a medium sized firm or a large firm be more beneficial for me in the long run to assist in building a business model and learning more about all of the functions of a business to run my own? #marketing #marketing-strategy #business-process #firm

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Darren’s Answer

Generally, large corporations can provide more career opportunities and compensation. But your job role might be more defined, leading to narrower scope. This can be overcome by showing initiative and networking so that you can expand your breadth of knowledge and experience. A smaller firm can lead to wider job role. Wider experience would be critical if you want to start your own business one day. If your timeline is long (15-20 years as you mention), can you get experience in both? It's certainly possible that in 15-20 years, you experience career success and decide to not pursue entrepreneurship.
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Kimberly’s Answer

It does not matter. Ask for what you are worth, research first via hiring sites and word of mouth what an entry level job in your area makes and bring more to the table. Make sure in your interview you pick a job that can get you toward your goals, you need to pick them as much as they need to pick you. Do a great job going above and beyond, ask for mentoring at the job across many levels and disciplines, get internships while in college so you can bring experience to the table out of the gate. Ask to be a part of cross functional teams to network and learn even more. Experience is priceless regardless of where you get it and the most important part is to be happy.
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Michael’s Answer

An excellent and forward looking question . . . that requires so much more detailed, personal dialog and information as to be unable to answer at this time, in this space. The answer to your question is one-to-one, and would not be applicable in a one-to-many platform. Indeed, the advice I would give you could be detrimental if applied to someone else. There is no general, public answer to your question, only an answer refined to each person and their specific situation, temperament, etc.

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