Student entrepreneurs strive to create their own jobs
Published: Friday, October 19, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 19, 2012 00:10
It used to be that students would go to college in hopes of working for a company and starting a career one day. But what if a student could make his or her own business with whatever they wanted to do? What if, instead of working under a boss, he or she started a whole new company?
One organization at the UConn is just the ticket for students wanting to pave their own pathway. The Social Entrepreneurship Organization allows students of all majors to come together and discuss how to find success in starting up business projects.
The clubs mission, as stated on their website, seo.uconn.edu, is “To bring together qualified students, faculty, and all other participating parties, with the goal to create a high level of value across topics relating to entrepreneurship, through events and activities that will allow members to enhance their knowledge and skills corresponding to the entrepreneurial mindset.”
Max Cutler, a 5th-semester management major in the School of Business and the president of the Social Entrepreneurship Organization, he said that the club “[brings] together students with entrepreneurial mindsets and help them develop their business ideas through workshops and speaker events.”
Cutler added that the organization strives to “bring in successful entrepreneurs to come speak to our members multiple times a semester and help them work with their businesses. We even offer a certificate of Professional Development and Entrepreneurship [one of the four certificates offered by the business school) which can be earned by attending three of our speaker events, and a field trip during a semester.”
Cutler is the fourth president of the organization, which began in 2007. There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Social Entrepreneurship Organization, including fieldtrips to entrepreneurial firms and conferences with the SEO Eboard. Additionally, every member has the opportunity to earn the Certificate of Professional Development. Members can run for other officer positions and be featured on the organization’s webpage.
For more information about joining the Social Entrepreneurial Organization, go to seo.uconn.edu, or attend one of its events, held in the School of Business.