I gave my “Entrepreneurship as a Career Choice” talk again yesterday at Skidmore. Much like last semester, it was an amazing experience. I revised my presentation a bit, and overall I thought I did a good job. More than that though, it’s just an awesome feeling giving a talk and knowing that people are genuinely interested in what you have to say.
Like last time, it started off with a 20 minute debate between the students about whether or not you should start a business right out of college. And like last time, they brought up all of the exact pros and cons that one should consider before starting their own company. A very sharp group of students.
My talk consisted of 30 minutes of telling my story, a few minutes of telling the stories of a few other young entrepreneurs I know, and then about 25 minutes of Q&A/discussion about starting your own business. Again, much like last time, the questions were absolutely great questions. It’s really cool being able to have an intelligent conversation with a group of students who are seriously considering starting their own business. As part of the class, the professor is giving them each $100 with the goal of starting a revenue-generating company by the end of the semester. How about that for a cool college class!
Unfortunately it appears as if Professor Wales will be moving on to bigger and better things next year, so this talk probably won’t be happening at Skidmore in future semesters. It’s truly been an honor to go there and be able to speak. The students are some of the most impressive college kids I’ve ever met. I’ve had two awesome experiences and hopefully been able to have some impact on the decisions these students make coming out of college. Much like this blog, my goal is definitely not to get every student to become an entrepreneur, but to get every student to consider entrepreneurship. Hopefully through my talk and by taking this class, these students will be able to truly evaluate whether or not this is something that they want to do.