This is a call-to-action for anyone who has just graduated or is about to graduate and is wondering where to start their career.
Please do two things: 1) read this post and 2) check out the year-long New Entrepreneurs Foundation placement. It’s pretty incredible.
Where to start?
Of course you can go the graduate job route. It’s a great option: training, exposure, cash and a solid introduction to the working world.
Definite value there as long as you are clear what you are getting out of the experience and don’t get stuck / start wondering why you’re there.
Please, please don’t do a law conversion course just because you want to prolong your student life or you don’t know what else to do and it feels like a safe option.
Does the world really need another accidental lawyer? Surely it needs lawyers who really want to be lawyers!
You could stop waiting for permission and do it yourself.
It is far too easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need to keep amassing experience, credentials, and qualifications in order to finally ‘do your own thing’.
It’s not that all that stuff isn’t useful. It’s just that it’s not absolutely necessary.
I’m losing track of the amount of people we’ve met who never had a graduate job and have started impressive businesses straight out of uni:
- Will founded Keystone Tutors – check out his interview
- Tom founded Giveacar – was on BBC news the other day
- Ric founded Hoodeasy at uni - check out his interview
- The guys at Yearbook Machine are killing it
- Raj started enternships.com – check out his interview
- The list goes on… but I’ve got to get back to work!
How many of the CEO’s of the FTSE 500 have MBAs? Fewer than you would imagine. Some of the most impressive are uni drop-outs.
Certainly lots of successful entrepreneurs didn’t wait till they were 30 to start their own businesses. You have a whole different set of priorities by then.
The older you get, the less likely you are to ‘start up’
The best time to embark on the roller-coaster that is a start-up is in your 20s when you can take the punishment and have less to lose.
“Till recently graduating seniors had two choices: get a job or go to grad school. I think there will increasingly be a third option: to start your own startup. But how common will that be?”
You can’t underestimate the power of being blissfully naive and charging at a problem you want to solve.
Bored of hearing excuses
- Not enough experience
- Not enough money
- Not enough contacts
They all feel like valid reasons if you want them to be. Or you can just call them by another name – excuses – and get on with it.
You’ll learn more in a month of starting and running your own business than you will in a year on a graduate training scheme.
And with the scheme the New Entrepreneurs Foundation are offering you now have even fewer excuses:
“In order to prosper in the 21st Century, Britain needs to develop and build new knowledge-based industries covering a wide range of sectors. The aim of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation is the creation of a new generation of outstanding entrepreneurs who will play a key role in driving Britain’s future prosperity and create new market leaders.
The Foundation has been set up to create year-long placements for 25 of the UK’s brightest, entrepreneurially minded graduates from a range of backgrounds with leading entrepreneurs.”