Originally published 05/28/2015 on The Huffington Post
Congratulations, class of 2015! You’re young and you have the world ahead of you. The job market is looking up. You’re attracted to the world of startups, and you’ve taken all the necessary reality checks to ensure that you’d thrive in this environment. Now all you need to do is find the startup of your dreams.
There’s just one problem: you don’t code. You spent the last four years studying sociology. Or Himalayan art. Or South American liberation theology. Furthermore, the idea of attending Codecademy makes your soul die a little. You’re a “people person,” not a programmer.
But you still want to work for a tech startup.
The good news is that there are tons of non-tech roles at startups. I would know—I help people recruit for them at HireArt. The work just may not be what you expect. At a startup, a salesperson is not just a salesperson, a marketer is not just a marketer, and a customer service associate is not just a guy exchanging that terrible cat sweater from your Aunt Minnie for store credit at Target.