It used to be that if you graduated from university with good grades, you were sure to get a job in your chosen field. However, as more and more people get diplomas, getting a job is no longer a guarantee.
The job market is very competitive, and employers are looking for skills like adaptability, problem-solving, flexibility, and taking initiative. Interestingly enough, these are all entrepreneurial skills.
Many universities are now recognizing this need and are offering courses and training to help their students acquire these skills and become more competitive. You, too, should recognize the importance of these skills and look for opportunities to develop them.
Here are some ways you can do this.
- Go to as many events related to entrepreneurship as possible, even if you are not planning to be an entrepreneur.
There are many competitions during which you have to come up with business plans, trainings that teach you how to pitch business ideas, or simply lectures on this subject. These will help you understand the passion and perseverance it takes to be an entrepreneur.
- Meet as many people as possible.
Go to networking events. Meet alumni, academics, and startup owners. The more you network with people, the more you will learn and increase your chances of meeting those who will actually have a great positive impact on your life.
- Take free or online courses.
Take advantage of all of the learning opportunities offered to you to boost your skills. Often, universities careers services or business schools will offer free training for students as well.
- Work with a startup or do an internship with a small company.
What better way to get hands-on knowledge than to actually get involved in a business yourself?
The key is to have an open mind, be open to opportunities, and work hard. Entrepreneurial skills will come in handy in many aspects of your life, not just your career. You might even like it so much that you decide that it’s the right path for you.
- Entrepreneurial – used to describe someone who makes money by starting their own business, especially when this involves seeing a new opportunity and taking risks
- Adaptability – the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions
- Take the initiative – be the first one to do something, esp. to solve a problem
- Pitch – a form of words used when trying to persuade someone to buy or accept something
- Perseverance – persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success; determination
- Alumni (plural of alumnus) – a former pupil or student
- Hands-on – involving active participation rather than theory
Questions for Discussion
- Why is having entrepreneurial skills so important?
- What are some of the ways you can boost your entrepreneurial skills?
- How will entrepreneurial skills help you in life (besides your career)?