If you are a college entrepreneur, you definitely have to agree with me that balancing studies, assignments and classes with the day to day running of your own business operations is extremely difficult.
Lecturers play a somewhat important role in nurturing college entrepreneurs. They can also be the determining factor of whether fellow college entrepreneurs can maintain their sense of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit without having to become a college dropout.
With that, I now list the 7 evaluation subjects that lecturers must at least achieve a pass before they can educate the brilliant entrepreneurial minds, with some already having their own venture while in college.
There is nothing better for a college entrepreneur than having a lecturer that enjoys entrepreneurship and embraces innovation in his or her classes. Entrepreneurial lecturers will always seek for a better teaching solution as well as being open for ideas and suggestions.
They will also understand circumstances and problems faced by students with entrepreneurial minds and best of all, other students might also be stimulated by the entrepreneurial mindset. By having the mindset, a lecturer will generally be able to pass the upcoming subjects listed below due to the improved teaching methods as well as the approach taken to educate students.
For a lecturer teaching a technical subject like accountancy, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics or computer science, a qualification is important as it indicates that he or she possesses sufficient knowledge to conduct a class on the subject.
College entrepreneurs often take up a technical classes or courses because they feel that these subjects can fill up the technical side of their ideas or ventures. Without a qualified lecturer, what they are learning might not be accurate and you wouldn’t want to run a business based on a wrong fundamental concept.
Practical Learning Opportunities for Students
Entrepreneurs love practical learning opportunities. One cannot effectively master certain skills like networking, communication, data mining, research, team work and leadership by just reading.
Group activities, presentations, research reports and mock scenarios help to build the practical skills that are extremely useful for an entrepreneur. However, this may require an extra effort from the lecturers as some syllabuses do not take these activities into account.
Real Life Experience
It is definitely a plus for lecturers to pursue an “off-college” career prior to teaching. Some lecturers start teaching a subject immediately after they completed the same subject itself. These lecturers are unable to provide practical examples which are much needed by college entrepreneurs.
Textbooks often present the bright or imaginary side of reality and it is the insertions of experience excerpts into the lessons that will bring students back to reality. This will help entrepreneurs prepare better before exposing themselves to the real world. Thus, avoid student-turned-lecturers.
Entrepreneurs, especially during their teenage years, will ask a lot of detailed questions on the subject they love and this pisses a lot of people, including lecturers of theirs. Being a college entrepreneur has its own advantage because of the availability of lecturers as included in Ten Great Things About Being A College Entrepreneur by David Brim.
Not all lecturers are willing to make their time available to answer your questions that are out of the syllabus. Of course, you will be amazed by the extent of help that some lecturers are willing to offer.
Vibrancy of Class
If a class is boring, most students will start to fall asleep, especially for those who frequently burn the midnight oil. Most teenagers have a short attention span and for college entrepreneurs, falling asleep during a class equals to not being productive. They might as well work on their ideas or ventures.
It is very important for lecturers to keep the class interesting. Ask questions, promote discussions and adopt an interesting teaching method rather than just reading aloud what is just inside the textbook.
Last but not least, homework and assignments. Assignments kill off the productive time that college entrepreneurs have for their own agendas, especially those that already have their own venture up and running.
I am not saying that lecturers aren’t suppose to give homework but please be moderate. Bear in mind that there are other subjects that a student is taking. Apart from that, we have to do our own revision as well. Even for college entrepreneurs with the best time management skills, tons of assignments will definitely push them against the wall. Yeah, we might outsource it…
Efforts Must Come from College Entrepreneurs As Well
Even though colleges and lecturers should provide the best learning environment for all students, as an entrepreneur or as an aspiring entrepreneur, we shouldn’t use any of the above as an excuse for not being able to improve ourselves.
Be flexible and learn how to thrive under imperfect circumstances.
To all college entrepreneurs out there, what is the number 1 characteristic that you think every lecturer of yours should possess? What kind of lecturers tick you off?
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