In today’s economy, college students need to develop entrepreneurial skills. They’ll need these skills throughout their lives to navigate the employment market and rise in their chosen fields. But, should they also be encouraged to start their own businesses immediately after graduation? The entrepreneurial initiatives of colleges and universities, and their emphasis on business plan competitions, seem to imply that the answer is “yes”. But, there are plenty of reasons why this might not be a prudent career move.
My-Tien Vo, a San Francisco-based start-up strategist and founder advisor, is intimately familiar with what makes start-ups successful. She provides a helpful perspective on this question in an excellent article titled “Founders and the Value of Experience”.