BLUF: I have a very good track record in a very young but growing industry, but I am exploring what career options I would qualify for in more established organizations.
Greetings! I found this forum as I was looking for a place to discuss management and maybe find some wisdom from those with more experience. One of my most important questions is with regards to my management career :)
Straight out of education (Management Science bachelor's degree), I joined a tech/e-commerce company that pioneered and became market leader in a brand new industry - a little bit similar to how Facebook and Google pioneered and created new market space in their respective industries, albeit not being the very first companies of their type.
Over my 3-4 years here I significantly helped my employer grow from a post-startup (200 employees) to a young multinational tech/ecommerce company with over 1000 employees.
My time here allowed me to wear multiple hats and manage multiple projects across various general business functions (e.g. data management, CRM, product management, localization). I was given plenty of responsibilities and am constantly working with senior management (though I am not a senior manager yet).
However, I am now concerned about how I could transition from a young company to a more established and larger organization - should I ever need to.
The main issues I think are:
1. my experience wearing multiple hats - what kind of corporate roles value this experience? Most management roles (except very senior) are confined to one function
2. the fact that I started managing at a younger age
3. the fact that I worked in the same industry, which is also non-traditional
Some people have suggested I consider becoming a freelance consultant or set up my own business, but after carefully evaluating that, I feel that would ruin my life. As I am starting a new family and will have increasing commitments in my personal life, I foresee that I will very soon need the security and timetable of an established organization/corporation :-)
Appreciate any insights and advice!