College students seeking entrepreneurial skills should focus on work experience, study says

Students should be more active in their studies in order to develop entrepreneurial skills.
Students should be more active in their studies in order to develop entrepreneurial skills.

A recent Zogby/463 poll shows that students who hope to become entrepreneurs may need to do more work outside of the classroom in order to be successful. Approximately 57 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 said that if students launch businesses while still in college they will have better job opportunities after graduation.

While 69 percent of respondents said that students will learn the most during work experience, only 2 percent said that classes and lectures are crucial to gain entrepreneurial skills.

Learning these tactics may be extremely important, as about 93 percent of college-aged individuals believe that entrepreneurship is critical for the future competitiveness of the American economy.

Jerry Kaplan, a professor at Stanford University, told his students that if they want to become entrepreneurs, while they are completing higher education they should learn as much as possible about areas such as leadership, Academic Earth reports. Other important traits for future entrepreneurs are communication skills, the ability to make significant decisions, being able to act as a team player and the ability to see both the bigger picture and the small details of any situation, he said.

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