with Alex Ellison, Executive Envisioner, New Entrepreneur Network (NewE)
Enthusiastic. Quick to notice opportunity. Solution-oriented. Improvement-oriented. Effective communicator.
Are these qualities that describe a successful entrepreneur? Or are these qualities that might be found in a job description on Craigslist?
Countless studies have been conducted, and articles written, about the key traits of successful entrepreneurs. Researchers and writers have ferreted out the “secrets” of famous founders in hopes of offering insights for budding company builders.
But why should these traits be taught and revealed only to budding entrepreneurs? Anyone hoping to make a living and be more than a task rabbit, bouncing from job to job, would be smart to adopt this mindset and hone these behaviors.
In conversations and focus groups with business owners, I’ve learned that regardless of the industry, location or size of the company, the desired qualities in new hires overlap the qualities of successful entrepreneurs.
We’ve also discovered that many teens lack the context and experience to even fathom the idea of running their own companies one day; the goal of this program is to deliver the right exposure and inspiration.
These observations created the impetus for The Entrepreneurial Readiness Intensive (ERI) a five-week intensive designed to prepare students to be Intrapreneurs. Intrapreneurs are people who use entrepreneurial skills and attitudes to succeed in any job environment. Fostering an entrepreneurial mindset may help inspire students to become entrepreneurs, but it will also make them more valuable and productive employees.
In the five after-school sessions, NewE students will hear from local business owners who will share tips and insights for landing a job at their respective companies. They’ll also discuss how they started their companies. Sessions will focus on specific skills, such as building stand-out resumes and portfolios with limited experience, interviewing with confidence, and building and nurturing a professional network.
The ERI is held on Wednesdays, from 2:45 to 4:30, beginning April 19 and ending May 17th. Each student will receive a certificate of completion signed by Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell. The program is open to students in grades 9 through 12 and will be held at Carson High.