Before you go to college, you are likely going to hear more than a few times that it will be the greatest four, or more, years of your life. And in truth, there are a lot of great things that you will experience while you are in school that will never forget.
However, there are also some very important life lessons that you should keep in mind that you will learn during college as well. This is especially true for those who are looking to start their own business after they graduate (or even while at college).
Here are some transferable skills from college that can be applied in startup life.
If you don’t want to go to class while you are in college, you don’t have to. In most cases, there are lecture halls worth of students and your professor won’t even notice if you ever show up. After all, if you are paying tuition, why should they care if you are there? Then again, if you really want to get the most out of the education you are paying for and truly make a strong push, then you need to be self motivated.
It is easier said than done though. Some say that modern education has been, to some extent, dummed down in order to improve scores and a school’s public reputation. I personally am not so sure about that. For example, take a look at this accounting and finance prospectus. Don’t kid yourself: you are going to need motivation if you’re going to get through that.
The same is to be said with a startup, and possibly even more so. If you want to sleep in until noon, you won’t have a boss that tells you that you can’t. Everything is riding on you and your abillity to get going. However, if you want to be successful and make something of your business, you need to work hard at it and stay motivated to push as hard as you possibly can. Otherwise you will fail, much like you probably will if you don’t go to class.
When you are taking 15 credits in college, you have to realise that the professors that you have don’t talk to one another, nor do they care if they schedule exams all on the same day. This is especially true around breaks or finals time.
Well as a startup, you are going to also have clients who want things at the same time, deadlines to meet and little room for errors. That is why you have to have excellent time management skills in school and once you graduate. The better your time management skills are, the better you can control everything that comes your way.
One of the best parts of college is the fact that you are going to meet a bunch of awesome new friends and resources. Even if you don’t like everyone you meet in college, it’s still great to try and make friends and be as cordial as possible. You never know when you’ll cross paths with these people again and it’s your connections that will open doors for you. This is also going to be true when you are making the most of your startup, and you are looking for people to meet and places to start.
Many of the things you learn in college can be directly applied to a startup lifestyle. Keep in mind the hints here as you prepare to go down the path to being successful in both.