Career Paths for Budding Entrepreneurs
One of the great things about entrepreneurs is that they can come from any background and any location. They could be from wealthy families with every advantage, or be an orphan from the poorest ghetto. What entrepreneurs share is a vision and a drive to succeed, whatever situation they are in. With the range of disparate origins entrepreneurs may have, what is the best way for the business stars of the future to ensure they get the best and most appropriate education?
There is no class in high school devoted to the study of being an entrepreneur, but there may well be business studies classes, and at college, there are marketing, management, leadership, e-commerce and many related courses students can take. It may seem that a business-related course is the obvious choice for the budding entrepreneur, but there are many possible paths to business success. If you have a flair for the sciences, it makes sense to pursue qualifications in physics or chemistry that will arm you with the expertise you need to develop your knowledge into a business idea. Business itself can cover many different spheres of activity, and having a sound understanding of the scientific principles on which your invention or start-up is based will provide a solid foundation on which to build your business.
Being an intellectual genius is definitely not a pre-requisite for success. Having common sense, practical abilities and the willingness to learn is far more important. Therefore, college degrees are not necessarily indicative of a good business brain. Intelligence comes in many forms, and for the entrepreneur that is just as likely to mean a certificate in automotive welding as a degree in art history. Given the range of backgrounds from which entrepreneurs may come, it’s no surprise that many find it difficult to raise the finance required for further or higher education. There are a range of grants, loans, scholarships and work-study programs that could assist with financing your course, and in some cases provide full funding. The website usascholarships.com provides information on current scholarship opportunities and eligibility requirements, and the USA.gov website is invaluable for finding out about grants and loans.
With the growth of the profile of business in the media, fuelled by TV shows like The Apprentice, there has been a rise in the promotion of entrepreneurship as a career in its own right. To that end, schools and courses have been created to serve the demand for specialist education. Some businesses operate their own recruitment programs, training, and supporting entrepreneurs while they learn about the business world. It’s a fascinating project and demand for places is fierce, but if you don’t get the chance to take part in a specialist course, there are plenty of other routes to take.
There are more and more people setting up their own businesses and hoping they will turn their small company into a big brand. Some will fall by the wayside because they lack the skills and experience to run a business. Others will fail because they don’t have the grit and determination to succeed. If you have the natural qualities of an entrepreneur backed up with a sound knowledge base in your chosen field, there should be no stopping you.