Thinking about majoring in Entrepreneurship? The Entrepreneurship major (ENT) is one of Ryerson’s newest and most exciting majors. With classes like Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Strategy, and Identifying Opportunities, students are not only taught entrepreneurship strategies but also how to begin to think and solve problems like an entrepreneur. Much of your classes will focus on experiential, or project-based learning. Concepts such as design thinking, and out-of-the-box problem solving are enforced with hands-on projects and venture creation.
If this sounds interesting to you, you might want to consider majoring or minoring in ENT! To help incoming ENT majors prepare, we reached out to ENT majors at Ryerson and asked them for advice they would give to incoming students.
1. Stay Involved!
Like all other majors, you can only take full advantage of the skills and concepts you learn, once you put them to use! School programs and groups are a great way to do this. In the Entrepreneurship major, it can be especially beneficial to attend workshops to learn how to expand on, and apply concepts learned in class in a social setting. Networking events are also a great way to meet more individuals in your major and those interested in entrepreneurship. This can broden your network, and allow you to ask upper-years questions. The Ryerson Entrepreneurship Association (REA) hosts lots of ENT-centered events throughout the year; these can be a great place to start.
2. Take Advantage of Zone Learning
Ryerson Students have access to 10 different start-up incubation zones, each for different industries. This means bringing your ideas to life has never been easier. Enhance your student experience by taking advantage of startup workshops and employment opportunities hosted by the zones. You can even apply for a membership if you have a business idea, but don’t know where to start. These memberships offer mentorship, funding, resources and connections to get your startup or experimental project off the ground. Joining a zone can give you real life experience as an entrepreneur.
3. Discover Your Purpose and Nurture Your Passion
In order to become a successful entrepreneur, it’s no secret that you need drive and a passion to make change. To enhance your success in this field you must dig deep and find out what type of change you want to make. Are you passionate about a social change you want to see in your environment? Or maybe you have an idea that you know will change the world for the better? Figuring out what drives you can motivate you toward success and give you a sense of your goals as an entrepreneur. Once you choose something that inspires you, the possibilities are endless!
4. Set Goals and Work Towards Them
Being an entrepreneur isn’t simply working in a specific industry, but being an industry trailblazer with your own unique ideas. Think about where you want to go once you graduate, or what types of businesses you might want to start. Think about the skills you will need to make your goals a reality and actively work towards them. Once you focus your studies using a specific business or product idea, you are able to focus your learning and motivate yourself more!
5. Delete Misconceptions and Be Ready for the Realities of Entrepreneurship
Many people think the life of an entrepreneur is glamorous, and some choose the profession only because it seems trendy, or because they don’t want to work for others. It’s important to understand the life of an entrepreneur isn’t just those things. Just because many of your classes won’t have exams, doesn’t mean the program isn’t serious. Prepare yourself for a lot of hard work, sleepless nights, and thinking on your feet. Just like any other profession, success will come your way so long as you’re willing to work hard, and develop connections and instincts. Much of the learning you do in class is experiential, so be ready for lots of hands-on learning, and for both positive experience and mistakes.
Overall, pursuing an Entrepreneurship major is a unique and a rewarding experience. We hope these tips help you decide if the major is for you, and prepare you for what may come next.
Thank you to the following Ryerson Entrepreneur students, for providing insights on their program experience for this article: Aniel Molina, Rand Abu Ras, Marie Rocha.
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