Start up your career with a startup

Startup Muster reveals high demand for digitally skilled students.

Startup Muster has once again done a deep dive into the Australian startup realm, surveying more than 2,700 founders, potential founders and supporters to piece together a hotly anticipated picture of the disruptive people (with very nice infographics to boot!)

The Startup Muster 2016 Annual Report reveals ample scope for both startups and students to combine growth needs with skills and ambition.

Ribit has long been excited about the opportunities startups can offer the emerging workforce, and more and more students are realising the accelerated professional development they can achieve through small companies.

Startup Muster CEO and Co-Founder, Monica Wulff, is equally enthusiastic:

“You will gain the skills and experiences to either launch your own business or find your next role through working in a fast paced environment, taking charge and having autonomy”, she said.

“There’s also the networking and the fact you’ll often be pushed out of your comfort zone through building skills you never even knew that you’d need in the workforce.”

Startup Muster’s Monica Wulff

So, why are we pumped by Startup Muster’s findings? Check out our top stat picks below.

Interns are an important component of the startup story:

· 21.3% of startups need interns within the next six months.

· 49.3% of co-working spaces provided internships as an additional service to their startups.

· 44.7% of incubators / accelerators provided internships as an additional service to their startups.

· 22.3% of investors arranged internships for their startups.

· 15.8% of startups have benefitted from interns since they were founded.

There are also plenty of opportunities for flexible roles including part time and contract work:

· 89.9% of startups outsourced work in the last year (with 70.2% of this outsourced work completed within Australia).

· 58.8% of startups have at least one part-time employee.

Top 5 skills founders wish they had in their founding teams *hint, hint* for those looking to skill up:

1) Marketing — 34.4%

2) Software Development — 33.3%

3) UX Design — 30.1%

4) Sales — 24.4%

5) Graphic Design — 23.1%

Fintech is topping the industry list when it comes to startup activity:

We’ve witnessed firsthand the massive interest this space is generating. Ribit’s “Fintern Fever” student-industry speed networking events at Sydney’s uber Fintech generator, Stone & Chalk, attract scores of students from business, ICT, marketing and engineering backgrounds.

“Fintern Fever 2” speed dating

Many Finterns, such as USyd’s Bakhtiyar, are going from strength to strength.

His original four week engineering internship with payment platform, Easyshare, has morphed into an ongoing role.

Founding Partner, John Bush, describes him as “an irreplaceable part of our development team and team culture.”

Other strong industry contenders identified within the Startup Muster report include:

· Retail

· Content/Media

· Internet of Things

· Education

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