Students expand entrepreneurial horizons
Senior business major Sometheak Phang is on the entrepreneurship track, and one day he said he would like to bring his innovative and creative ideas to the workplace and help a company grow.
“I personally would like to do consulting after college,” Phang said. “It’s very similar to entrepreneurship. I think that having an entrepreneurship mindset in a company would benefit both myself and the company. Having a unique idea would definitely differentiate yourself from the crowd.”
To learn more about that consulting work, Phang and other business majors attended the “Think Big Baltimore” event sponsored by the Towson Global Business Incubator project, which offered tips on becoming a successful entrepreneur.
The event included a panel consisting of representatives from Under Armour, McCormick and the Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland.
Director of Innovation for Under Armour Jason Berns said not only business majors, but all college students, should know that working isn’t about just slogging through the work day, but adding something to the company.
“You have to think, ‘How can I make my company grow?’,” Berns said. “It’s not just the nine-to-five attitude. Often times when I interview new people they ask me what their hours are, and I always tell them their hours are what they make them.”
Vice President of Innovation for McCormick Scott Bolonda said the key to success after graduation is showing how the business can change for the better.
“I really respect anyone who assumes risk of a business or enterprise,” he said. “The energy you bring to the table can really drive an organization to change. You’ve got to show that you can do more with less and bring enthusiasm to that challenge. You’ll have to do more with less time and less money.”
Senior business major Michelle Durante said the event was helpful in inspiring her to go out and seek internships, and to think about what she brings to the table that sets her apart from others.
“I want to do strategic integrations, and try to help companies build and be successful and find new opportunities,” she said. “I’ve been to a lot of seminars and a lot of them have been very internship-oriented. So it’s been reiterating what I already know. But otherwise, I think it’s been a very helpful event.”
Junior marketing major Camille Bosley said after graduation, she is unsure of what she wants to do, but knows now she can bring something special to a company.
“I know I don’t want to work for a conservative company,” she said. “I want someone who is very open to new ideas. My long-term goal is to work for myself.”