As young entrepreneurs, we have heard this cliché a gazillion times. Here are a few tips to help put this famous quote into practice…
Use Your Varsity to Your Advantage
You’re still at varsity, and surrounded by people who have actually done what you want to do, along with others who are likely working towards the same thing. Take advantage of this and start forming beneficial relationships now!
If your varsity has an entrepreneurs’ society, or something similar, join it! If it doesn’t, find other like-minded individuals eager to follow an entrepreneurial path and start one. Also speak to your lecturers about your future plans and don’t hesitate to ask for someone’s mentorship if you believe that they have valuable skills to teach you.
Your campus is sure to be full of other like-minded individuals with a passion, a dream and a drive to succeed. Befriend them and be there to support them. The more you do so now, the greater the chances are that they will do the same for you in the future.
Keep an Eye Out for Industry-related Events
If you are one of those students fortunate enough to know where you want to be, and what career path you want to follow when you complete your studies you are already a step ahead. Even though you might not be in the industry yet, there isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t give yourself a head start, right?
Keep an eye out for any events (like workshops, free talks, motivational speaker conferences etc.) that might lead to a good attendance turn out of those industry big-wigs you’ve been dying to meet… and don’t be afraid to approach them and make conversation! Your initiative and confidence is sure to make a lasting impression that might serve you well once you have graduated.
Embrace the Internet
Send emails to companies that might be able to help you advance your career in the future. Nobody can tell your age or level of experience when communicating online, so take advantage of this and, who knows? You might be met with some incredible opportunities that you will be able to embrace once you finish your course. Just remember to always be honest. While you don’t have to tell anyone your exact age, or where you currently are in your studies, to begin with… if they ask, do not lie.
Thinking about starting your own business soon but want to start networking now? As you can see, it is all about being proactive. You know it! So get out there and make it happen.