Why We Need to Study and Learn Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Education
Why We Need to Study and Learn Entrepreneurship

Although we may have an inherent aptitude for a discipline or subject, any skill can be improved if there’s a willingness to learn. We live in a world where the future is uncertain, and it belongs to creators and innovators. And that’s why it’s important to learn and study entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship education serves as an excellent foundation for the types of creative, innovative ideas we need to succeed in the 21st century.

Nurtures Personal Growth and Development

Studying entrepreneurship benefits students and learners from different social and economic backgrounds because it teaches people to cultivate unique skills and think outside the box. Moreover, it creates opportunity, instills confidence, ensures social justice and stimulates the economy. Entrepreneurship education also provides budding entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge to come up with business ideas and develop their own ventures. And this includes helping them to learn about core business areas such as finance, sales, marketing, management and accounting, not to mention, broader ranging skills such as adaptability, effective communication, and confidence.

Relevance

The advantage of learning entrepreneurial skills over more traditional subjects is that they are not uniquely relevant to a career as an entrepreneur. The skills needed to start your own business are relevant in any field and would also be desirable attributes for being an employee. In fact, having a wide range of business-relevant skills acquired through studying entrepreneurship would make you an ideal candidate in most fields. Therefore, skills taught in entrepreneur courses generally apply to all areas of industry and do not kill creativity or block opportunity to a specific career.

Tap Into Unrealized Talents

Standard education programs ranging from elementary schools to universities are optimized to reflect the “education for everyone” model. While the idea behind this movement is great and essentially good, it doesn’t mean that it brings out the best in the students. Many students float away from their talents because they are pushed to study maths, history, or the arts.

Learning entrepreneurship is very different from learning anything else. The very concept of the program is to help the students identify their strengths and talents and to work on improving them. In real-world examples, we can see many successful entrepreneurs who were very bad students in their time. Both Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are college dropouts and look at them now.

Risk is Something to Live With

Another important lesson that entrepreneurship programs teach students is that risk is something natural, something that we have to live with, and something that has to be managed. There is no other school program that teaches this.

In fact, if we are being honest, most of us have been thought throughout our education that we need to stay away from the risks and that certainty is the best path to take.

In the world of business, risk is a common occurrence. And to be able to succeed in it, you have to work on your character traits – risk-taking and persistence. An entrepreneurship program fosters these character traits. This is why it’s beneficial for students when they find themselves in a real-life situation.

Critical Thinking

The ability to think critically is essential to your success in the world of business. Unfortunately, it’s not something that is being nurtured in the traditional schools. Why is this important? A company is not something bound to run smoothly forever, especially today, when markets are more volatile than ever. Not to mention the harsh competition.

Learning entrepreneurship exposes students to numerous opportunities to learn how to think critically and analyze the pieces on the board. Being aware of all the important factors and seeing how they affect each other is the foundation of a smart decision-making process.

This is not something that can be learned from a book. Students have to be exposed to real-world examples and learn from their own experience.

Benefits to Society

Moreover, skills associated with entrepreneurs, such as financial literacy, money management, and strong interpersonal skills are not only beneficial but also relevant for day-to-day life. Nonetheless, the benefits of entrepreneurship studies go beyond being purely personal; they’re also beneficial to society. The economic benefits of entrepreneurs to society has never been in doubt. New enterprise and entrepreneurial innovation are critical for any society to be globally competitive, with technological advancements creating new jobs.

Be Able to Make a Difference

The world has never been more in need of students who are trying to make a difference than it is today. And this is the very definition of entrepreneurs. Yes, their goal is to sell products and services, but this is just one piece of the entire puzzle. To become successful at it, they have to identify the real needs and problems of people and solve them.

Even fresh out of the entrepreneurship education program, the students have this unique mindset: find problems that need to be solved, invent a solution for them, and, ultimately, make the world a better place.

Preparedness for Real Life

As our education system becomes plagued with rigid testing and standards, opportunities to innovate, collaborate and demonstrate proficiency in real life situations become rare. In addition to encouraging people, entrepreneurship education requires students to be innovative, creative and collaborative with others.

If our current society is to benefit from the benefits of entrepreneurship, it’s only fair that we equip ourselves with the training to do so. On the flip side, the personal benefits of studying entrepreneurship spread far beyond the business world leading to an arguably more prosperous livelihood. It goes without saying that we as a society should be doing more to help develop our entrepreneurial minds.

It is no surprise that more and more university courses include what should be the centerpiece of contemporary education: entrepreneurship. Thanks to forward-thinking individuals and organizations some institutions of higher learning have made entrepreneurship courses requisites for graduation. Some programs already encourage students to start their own companies as early as the high school while certain schools are working with investors and venture capitalists to fund startups.

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Updated 20/11/2018