Enterprise when studying or working

You can still benefit from thinking like an entrepreneur even if you don't want to start your own business or you're not ready to take the plunge yet because you are still studying or you have a job. Employers are also looking for enterprising employees so becoming intrapreneurial can open so many doors for you now and in the future. 

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Being an entrepreneur means having a certain attitude and that you think in a particular way. Entrepreneurs are good at spotting opportunities and seeing what is possible. This can be done in your job too or whilst you are studying. It is thought that showing a positive attitude and being proactive can create opportunities for you, even when you're employed by someone else. 

It could help you land a summer job, promotion or bonus. It may lead you to trying something new and as a result you attract more customers, making your employer's business more profitable. 

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Having a positive approach and attitude at work will help you achieve your goals.

Being willing to go beyond your job description to help somebody, for example, or using your initiative to create better ways of working or find new opportunities, demonstrates to employers that you’re well motivated, creative and ambitious.  

There are many ways to display a positive attitude at work and these can make you a very well thought of colleague and employee.

Being creative isn’t just for inventors or designers. At work, creativity can mean all sorts of things, from being able to come up with fresh ideas and spot opportunities, to thinking about how to do something better.

To get your creative juices flowing, why not think how you could problem solve in your job? What could you improve, adapt or change?  Are there any opportunities you could explore?

At work, where you spend much of your time working with other people, developing positive relationships is crucial.

This means not only being able to communicate well to get your ideas across, but also listening and appreciating other people’s ideas and opinions. 

You might not always agree with your work colleagues – but it’s how you deal with this that makes a difference. Sometimes you can convince others that you are right, while at other times you have to accept that other people’s ideas are better. Successful entrepreneurs realise this. 

Creating good working relationships with others, being a good team member and knowing how to get the best out of yourself and others people can take you far, whether you work for yourself or someone else.

Successful entrepreneurs are normally extremely busy people, with numerous tasks all requiring their attention each day. To cope with such a workload, it’s important to remain organised, so that each task is completed to schedule in order or priority.

If you don’t remain organised, you risk not getting through your daily workload or perhaps failing to complete an important task. If you have to rush because you haven’t left yourself enough time because you’re disorganised, the quality of your work may even suffer.

Whether you’re working for yourself or others, staying organised can help you to achieve great success.

Don't forget, if you're in college or university you can speak to your enterprise champion to learn more about business whilst studying.

Get in touch if you have an idea you want to turn into reality or sign up for a start up guide and more information on support and help from Big Ideas Wales