Startup skills for the entrepreneur in you

Startup skills for the entrepreneur in you

Every year, in 1,000s of colleges, lakhs of students undergo millions of classes — engineering, MBA, commerce, science, law, etc. But what they learn in a course has to be complemented with what is out-of-course. Here are a few things that students can do to learn real-life skills and meet their entrepreneurial aspirations:

Take up a part-time job

It doesn’t matter if you work for a large or small company, get more or less money, do office or field work, as long as you get to meet new people, serve customers, face and solve problems, it is definitely worth it. Look around and see if you can get something worthwhile to do for a local NGO, neighbourhood restaurant, manufacturing workshop or just deliver newspapers!

Teach someone

Recently, a leading college in Indore took a unique initiative — all students set a target to teach a stranger to write his/her name and sign! Imagine if this happens across India — it will change, in a small way, the life of the person who gets to read and write but a bigger change to the student who learns to become a teacher! Even bigger will be the impact on the nation. I think this is far better than learning to make engineering drawings with a red-colour drafter that students do out of compulsion and not interest!

Be a citizen reporter

There is so much happening across the world, and there are infinite media channels to report these happenings. Quality citizen reporters, who can write, speak or record these happenings, are missing. If every student starts spending time off Facebook as much as they do on it, then there is so much to explore and it also adds value to the individual.

Buy your own stuff

I bought my first mobile with my own money, took my first flight with my own money, bought a bike with my own money (with some help from bank loan), and completed half my education with earned scholarship! All this was to keep the burden off my parents’ shoulders. Now my future plan is to have my own house, maybe a yacht, European holiday, etc. All of us have the right as well as duty to earn and spend as we like, and let us not rely on our parents, well-wishers or girlfriends to give us gifts.

Skills that are not in any course

There is no course that teaches you how to use a laptop, projector, photocopy machine, format a computer, personal branding, or even teach you how to cook Maggi and make tea! All of this and many more are required in every job, for every manager and for every entrepreneur. And it is easy to gain these skills — just try them once, or watch any how-to videos on YouTube. It is like riding a bicycle — you can never forget how to do it and can ride a bicycle even if you have not done it for five-10 years. With time, you can get some or all the things you want, but your time is NOW, so go ahead and achieve.

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About the Author

Amit Grover, founder of, is an IIT Delhi and IIM Indore alumnus, having more than 12 years of industry experience. He started Nurture Talent Academy, and earlier worked with Infosys, Asian Paints, Onida and Mumbai Angels. He regularly blogs on AHA Taxis, his recent venture, offers one way outstation travel across India.

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