Ben Gran ISU Presentation 9-22-11

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Ben Gran gave a talk to freshmen at Iowa State University on how to get the most out of college (and prepare for their careers) by "thinking like entrepreneurs."

A video of the speech is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLfFzwMUhPs

Contact Ben Gran: benjamin.gran@gmail.com

www.BenjaminGran.com

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Ben Gran ISU Presentation 9-22-11

  1. 1. Think Like an Entrepreneur: Getting the Most out of College Ben Gran LAS 101 September 22, 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ All advice is autobiographical.” – Austin Kleon </li></ul>
  3. 3. Is College Still “Worth It?” <ul><li>The Economy is really bad. </li></ul><ul><li>BUT… </li></ul><ul><li>It’s even worse if you don’t go to college. </li></ul>Image Source: http://www.sitepoint.com/why-a-bad-economy-will-help-social-networks/
  4. 4. Unemployment Rates by Education Level Source: http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/05/the-uneducated-jobless.html
  5. 5. <ul><li>What do today’s college grads regret most? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Source: http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/05/what-college-graduates-regret.html
  7. 7. <ul><li>“ Students are being ill-served by the cultural stereotype of college as a period of enjoyment and exploration that precedes entry into the ‘real world.’ </li></ul><ul><li>College, rather, is a period of preparation for the real world, and if you don’t take it as such, the real world can make you pay and pay big.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Ezra Klein, Washington Post </li></ul>
  8. 8. Advice for College Freshmen (from my Facebook friends) <ul><li>Make friends. Study abroad. Get internships. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage your money wisely and avoid debt. </li></ul><ul><li>“ You don’t need a luxury apartment when you’re a college student. I lived in a box-like dorm room with a stranger.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ If you’re going to college just because it’s ‘the next thing to do after high school,’ you’re doing it wrong.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Think like an entrepreneur, not an employee. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn transferable skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Solve interesting problems for organizations you care about. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a leader. Be indispensable. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Be Like Luke <ul><li>ISU alum, class of 2008 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Luke’s Iowa State Experience
  12. 12. Get an Internship
  13. 13. Go Abroad Photo from New York Times
  14. 15. Make Friends Satoru Hiro
  15. 16. Start Your Own Business
  16. 17. Start Your Career Search NOW <ul><li>Be like Steve Jobs: </li></ul><ul><li>(Market to your biggest fans first.) </li></ul>
  17. 18. Build a Portfolio – Start Now! Source: http://www.slideshare.net/choehn/recessionproof-graduate-1722966
  18. 19. Bloggers You Should Read <ul><li>Seth Godin </li></ul>
  19. 20. Bloggers You Should Read
  20. 21. Note Cards <ul><li>3 names of people who can help you get an internship next summer </li></ul><ul><li>1 thing you got out of my speech </li></ul><ul><li>1 thing you’re grateful for </li></ul>
  21. 22. Be Grateful <ul><li>Where’s your $9 million? </li></ul>
  22. 24. Questions? <ul><li>BenjaminGran.com </li></ul>

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