University education is increasingly becoming more diverse, with a greater emphasis on the whole experience, not just the actual academics. Entrepreneurship education is becoming more prominent, with many students seeking out extra curricular activities and taking on additional classes in order to learn more about how to succeed in business. Collaboration and multi-disciplinary working is becoming more the norm, increasing the average student’s exposure to entrepreneurial activities and thinking.
Entrepreneurship can be quite stressful, but starting at university allows a student to gain the necessary life skills and confidence to make it in the “real” world, by gaining hands-on experience with entrepreneurial tutors and lecturers, and by taking advantage of free resources for university members. Student entrepreneur organisations, like the Oxford Entrepreneurs, allow students to meet like minded people, in an atmosphere of creativity and broad-mindedness. Entrepreneurship allows students to learn more than just their chosen field of study, and creates an interdisciplinary environment to work and develop in. The networks and friendships which develop help students to become better connected once they leave university, and help prepare them for long term success.
Emerson Csorba, a Cambridge Trust Scholar and World Economic Forum Global Shaper, writes this in an article for the Telegraph:
“When starting as an undergraduate student, I never considered myself an entrepreneur; however, several mentors and entrepreneurs showed that following this life path can be rewarding not only financially, but also in terms of developing life skills such as negotiations, project management, time management, resilience and imagination.”
University students have never had it so good when it comes to entrepreneurship. Universities are increasingly understanding how entrepreneurship can add value to the students education, and are creating more opportunities for students to become entrepreneurs.
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EnSpire Oxford is a University of Oxford initiative to help connect people to the entrepreneurship resources they need, and to promote entrepreneurship across Oxfordshire.
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