Pro Tip: Learn About Entrepreneurship Before College
Having an entrepreneurial drive is not a trait found in everyone. Some people know that they are bound to be business owners from a young age. Others test out the corporate world and find later on that they are unhappy or dissatisfied.
But before many jump into the workforce and begin their careers, it’s becoming more popular for students in college to be introduced to entrepreneurial studies. Numerous colleges and universities offer majors, minors, or specialized programs in entrepreneurship. Students have the opportunity to learn first-hand the ins and outs of what it means to start their own businesses.
Whatever your path may be to discovering entrepreneurship, there are many advantages to educating students at an early age—which is why it’s critical for middle school and high school-aged children to take advantage of the benefits of an entrepreneurial-rich education. Young boys and girls have the ability to develop imperative business skills at an early age—helping them propel forward far beyond their classroom walls.
Entrepreneurs thrive off of the uncertain. Nowadays, turn on the news and most of what you see is unprecedented. Teaching children at a young age to be prepared for some of the complexities of our global economy and environment will help broaden their understanding of the need to be flexible, empathetic, and collaborative.
Likewise, children need to be able to identify problems before being told how to solve them. When given the opportunity to acknowledge a problem and brainstorm a solution, children are able to solve for innovative and creative solutions.
Entrepreneurs are driven to identify problems, create solutions, and make a difference in others’ lives. Teaching children to do the same sets them up for a future built on making the world a better place—ready to forge the way in building a career founded on grit and perseverance.
Derek Rundell, is a successful business leader, operator, and serial entrepreneur. Derek has founded, managed and sold businesses in the technology, media and finance industries. He sits on several boards and serves as an advisor/investor to numerous established businesses and startups. Startups are Derek’s real passion, and in addition to building his own portfolio of technology, media and financial ventures, he invests in and mentors startups and entrepreneurs. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and helping other businesses succeed.