Mousumi Kundu Paul, Founder & Director, Monomousumi Services
We need to acknowledge the fact that, talent is not something that will just appear out of the blue without stepping out of the college gates and entering a corporate or an industry – it needs some long, hardworking years of nurturing and developing. Students first need to manage and flirt with a lot of skills to finally zero-in on one or two, which they think are essentially useful, and focus on them intermittently. This is the sort of nursery where love for skills can be understood and realized and it is thoroughly impractical to conclude that they must always be the sole responsibility of the institute. This is where the entrepreneurs need to step in.
The Link between Extracurricular Activities & Entrepreneurship
Now, the question is- what is the link between extracurricular activities and entrepreneurship? The corporate and entrepreneurs have to spend months training college graduates to first unlearn the text-book orientation that have been the part and parcel of their lives till now, and then learn to apply skills the way the market actually works and demands. And so, it makes real sense for entrepreneurs to scrape that unproductive post-recruitment training period and replace it with a well-thought, thoroughly planned extracurricular invasion at the college and institute level.
There are many and many of ways this participation of entrepreneurs in extracurricular activities can be tactically introduced. Students, while they are in college do need to be directed on the right path, for there is no reason at all why anyone must discourage a college fresher from having a passion for suppose, writing, cooking or body building. It will be better, to be honest, rather to help them set up their own platform where their obsession gets converted into a productive activity.
Emerging Market & Entrepreneurship Opportunities
Entrepreneurship in education is no longer about just mentorship or sponsorship of the annual college fest. An entire section has conveniently forgotten the essential link up with extracurricular activities in institutes and colleges – which essentially have the potential to evolve into the most powerful weapon those businesses, have ever seen. Businesses usually hire people and train them for months and months, so that they are turned into generators of profit – and incorrectly so, the educational institutes and colleges get all the blame for this flaw. Do you want to hear the truth? It is that out educational institutes have as well as provide the right opportunities that the entrepreneurs need to notice, nurture as well as nourish.
It makes real sense for entrepreneurs to scrape that unproductive post-recruitment training period and replace it with a well-thought, thoroughly planned extracurricular invasion at the college and institute level
Because of the diverse interests of school or college students, the range of extracurricular activity offerings varies extensively, depending upon the size and type of school, college or university. Extracurricular activities range from primarily from participating in school magazines to social organizations to intercollegiate athletic programs, and more. Debates and elocution participations have clarity in thoughts and a logical assimilation of appropriate ideas in the right sequence inbuilt in them. Community services such as walks & marches, donation drives, beach cleanup, volunteer fair, fundraising activities, some fun trips to important places, such as summits and seminars; Summer opportunities, such as career opportunities, boot camp, internships and lots more. These are the areas where a fresh leads can be generate, which is not only a golden opportunity of entrepreneurs but help in building a strong and responsible country. This is the need of our country, which is although a developing country but needs only a slight concentrated push to become a developed country. Just need to work in a right direction to shape the future generation to take it from this stage with sea of opportunities that entrepreneurs are looking for. And if this is really true, businesses need to make it their business to label extracurricular activities as opportunities for future-building.