These suggestions will help young entrepreneurs achieve success in the crowded landscape of graduate business programs.
2021 may be the most competitive college admission year. If you are looking to enter a professional program, follow these tips to help navigate the crowded admissions process.
1. Dare to be different
If you love it then pursue an unusual activity. Colleges applaud “niche” applicants: champion jugglers who raise money for a cause, budding meteorologists who combine economic trends with weather, expert costume designers who run a side hustle dress. Keep yourself apart.
2. Be Creative
Artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs are in demand. Why? First, art and creative cultural expression encompasses all communities and brings people together. Second, today’s most pressing problems require creative solutions, so colleges look for students who think differently. The top business colleges are full of children from STEM, who land in Silicon Valley for a long time, so don’t be afraid to stand out and take the non-traditional path.
3. Use technology to turn your hobby into a business
Gone are the days of standing lemonade. The advent of social digital platforms is as widespread as DeepPop, Thumbtack or ETSI, and the ease of building a digital presence makes it easy to monetize your passions. Customized sneakers dyed in your free time or in your branded water bottles can be sold and sold through a well-known Instagram page. Undergoing this process is a great practice in all aspects of setting up a business.
4. Get a job
Seriously. Part-time jobs exhibit much greater maturity and responsibility than a low-commitment club and a laundry list of activities. Especially if you come from a privileged background or attend a private school, you should show that you are not afraid to work hard. Holding a job is almost a requirement for entry into most vocational programs.
5. Take your technical flow to work
Gen-Z has the advantage of being the first generation of digital native. There are great opportunities for high tech people to use their technical expertise. Does the cafe you work in have a Facebook business page? If not, create one. Even better is how to optimize your digital advertising strategy. We have seen this in action before. One student rearranged the entire Panera Bread, where he worked part-time with his coding skills.
6. Be a Scholar
Take initiative for your own learning and go up and out in your studies. Bottom Line: Among the top business events are Valedictorian de rigueur. These schools want students who love learning, not just those who get good grades. Show your scholarship by taking college courses over the summer, scoring high on standardized tests (including the Maths 2 subject exam and Calculus AP exam), and ranking at the top of your class.
7. Construction of Bridges
Diverse communities thrive because of students who approach differences and want to live and learn with people whose backgrounds are different from their own. Do not do a job through your parents; Rather, find a way to create a product or service that solves a problem in your community. Are you an advocate for women in the workplace? Be active in creating jobs or mentorship programs for other women in your community.
8. Provide prizes that validate your rewards
If you are a math genius, enter national math competitions. Do you like to write? Consider starting a column about commerce in your city from a local point of view of a teenager – even send your article to Entrepreneur magazine. Passionate about coding? Enter a white-hat hackathon. These events are great presentations for pitch wars and case competitions that are part of every college business event.
9. Do not do community service for “getting in”
Work to create a meaningful change in your school and community. Commit to causes that are important to you. Be generous and selfless with your time and energy. Tie your community service with your educational interests. History lovers can volunteer at a local museum or start a town history club. Computer lovers can collect old laptops and refresh them for local shelter. The entrepreneur can launch an app that not only helps the people of the city but also raises funds for the city coffers.
10. Find Your Mentors
The advantage of small and small start entrepreneurs is that now business mentors are no longer friends of your parents. You can find mentors near your age who may be just a little ahead in their professional journey. Start building this network so that you have a few years ahead who can give you direct knowledge and guidance on the best clubs, classes, and internships for which to apply.