Do Your Research As A Young Entrepreneur!

Every year there are thousands of commercials that ask individuals “have you everentrepreneur thought of starting your own business?”  For many students starting their own business is a goal and a dream; many students have a wide breadth of talents and creativity.  There are also many obstacles to starting your own business; many businesses operate at a loss for the first three years and many students are unsure of how to market their product or reach a broader audience.

Another issue is that individuals can fall so deeply in love with their product or idea that they just assume that other people will also fall in love with it.  It’s important for any young entrepreneur to think about the needs of the product or service that they are offering.  Some items that young entrepreneurs should consider include:

  • What is the cost of producing this product?
  • What population/demographics are we trying to reach?
  • How much are people willing to spend on this product?
  • What types of marketing can we engage in?
  • What is one word that people think of when they think about your company or product?7ae1a319ef68180fc3dbc6bd0f96d911

Luckily, there are more resources than ever before for starting a company and reaching a broader audience.  The internet has become a wonderful tool for connecting individuals and showcasing talent; many entrepreneurs can use popular websites like etsy.com to sell a wide range of their products and communicate with their customer base.  Young entrepreneurs can also use popular forms of social media such as Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat to connect with their clientele.

Before starting on this great adventure, please take some time to look over the resources provided below:

https://startup.uncg.edu/

This helpful website provides information on local North Carolina based resources and programs.  There are also links to a monthly speaker series which includes personal testimonies and success stories from UNCG Alumni/Entrepreneurs.  Getting connected with North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center is also a great opportunity for students to become inspired and network with people in your industry/field (the website contains a plethora of links and list for local community partners).

https://admissions.uncg.edu/major-entrepreneurship.php

The admissions website for the Entrepreneurship major provides a lot of great links for becoming involved with on-campus group related to Entrepreneurship, student opportunities such as volunteering with Spartan Trader, and a list of career ideas such as starting out as a franchisee or starting your own venture.

http://bryan.uncg.edu/meht/our-programs/bs-entrepreneurship/

The University offers an exciting and innovative degree in Entrepreneurship from the Bryan School of Business.  Student will learn the fundamentals of starting a business (both profit and nonprofit), innovative ways of growing business, and marketing their business.  The website provides an overview of the courses offered with the Bryan School.  This degree will provide the fundamentals and baseline knowledge for starting a new venture or business.

https://hbr.org/2013/05/what-entrepreneurs-get-wrong

The Harvard Business Review is a great resource for looking at the success stories of successful business people.  This article provides great insight into some of the common mistakes that many young entrepreneurs make when they are first starting to create their own company.  Some great tips include getting “early feedback” for a product that you are designing.  The Harvard Business Review also recommends listening to customer base, offering early discounts to perspective buyers, utilizing network, and seeking out “strategic buyers.”keep calm busienss

It can be exciting and scary thinking about the prospect of starting your own business or franchise.  Before jumping in, remember to research both your market and the target population that you are trying to appeal too.  The business landscape is always fluid and ever-changing; it’s important to do your homework and never take anything for granted.  Good luck!

Evaluating an Offer — How Do You Negotiate for Salary?

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Whenever a discussion of salary comes up, how do you respond?  Most of us are anxious and uncomfortable during those times and situations when we know we want (or need) to discuss salary requirements.  Here’s how to get started and how to prepare for this important conversation.

Take time to evaluate the offer at hand – whether for

  • a job offer
  • a job promotion, or
  • a position advancement

Have the right reasons to negotiate:

  • your skills, education, and experience are worth more than the salary offered
  • you have multiple job offers with similar salary offers
  • cost-of-living is higher in the area where the job is and the offer does not reflect that
  • salary for the position is less than the industry average

f17fd6dec468d6b38230b50b57775e6bDo your homework:

  1. document your skills and accomplishments, and be prepared to talk about them
  2. research salary information resources such as: Payscale.com, Salary.com, Glassdoor.com, and SimplyHired.com
  3. prepare a budget to determine your financial needs
  4. salary is not the only area to negotiate – consider your options and evaluate your total compensation package which may also include: benefits, incentives, allowances, paid days off, flexibility, parking passes, etc.

Prepare for your negotiation conversation:

  1. 5ffda59910c1ec88f44295c2724b1272decide, before you go, what salary you want to earn, what you know you need to live on, and what you will be willing to settle for
  2. don’t be the first person to mention salary during the interview
  3. be realistic; entry level salaries are less negotiable than salaries for mid-level or executive positions
  4. practice your salary negotiation skills out loud
  5. try to relax; it’s natural to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable when you are discussing salary

To Learn More – Check Out These Resources

The 2017 NC Health Professions Graduate School Fair

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It’s time again for the Health Professions Graduate School Fair, otherwise known as the NC Health Careers Expo! This event is one of several stops in NC featuring a variety of healthcare-oriented graduate programs for students to meet and interact with. This event is taking place on Wednesday, March 29th from 6pm-8pm in the Kaplan Wellness Center.

The healthcare industry, or “career cluster” as it is less commonly known, is expected to be #1 in job growth in North Carolina over the next 10 years. Approximately one third of healthcare_picthe state’s “hot jobs” are a part of this cluster, making healthcare the hottest, fastest-growing industry out there! Among the many exciting roles available in this exploding field are several occupations that require graduate school and a professional license to be able to practice. Medicine is typically the most commonly known, but there are plenty of different graduate programs out there that work with people and health in different ways!  To learn more about the healthcare industry and related healthcare careers visit these websites for more information http://nccareers.org/careerguide/cluster.php?c=hea and https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm .

The 2017 Health Professions Graduate School Fair will feature local and national programs in a variety of fields, including:

  • Medicine
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health

Though less well known than a traditional Medical degree (MD), both the Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Physician Assistant (PA) credentials allow you to interact directly with patients at a higher level than other supporting roles, without the much larger expense and longer timeline of a medical program! Other pathways represented at the fair allow you to explore the variety of programs and occupations in the healthcare field, ask questions about the best ways to get in, and find out what your career might look like in a few short years.

Don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about the great healthcare programs that health careers_picare waiting for you! All majors are welcome since many of these programs only require a handful of natural science courses to qualify for admission.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Career Services Center at careers@uncg.edu or (336) 334-5454. We look forward to welcoming you to the fair!

How to Start Your Internship Search

internshipsInterested in gaining an internship, a research, or other kind of hands-on,  relevant, professional experience? Career Services is here to help! We know that sometimes it can feel overwhelming especially if you aren’t sure where to start.  Our office has broken down the process into manageable steps as well as provided you with great resources to get you started!

♠ Determine what kind of internship you’re seeking —

Most internships fall into one of 4 categories:

  1. Paid – Receiving financial compensation for your work (let’s face it we would all like to make some money!)
  2. Unpaid – Gaining valuable experience but not receiving financial compensation. internship-blogAlthough you may not receive a stipend from the company, check on outside scholarships and funding opportunities! This site (http://sa.uncg.edu/scholarships/) contains scholarships provided by UNCG, but also check with your network and see what other funding opportunities you can find!
  3. Class Credit – Internships may also be completed for class credit. However, specific credit (or not) will be determined by the department.  This may affect your financial aid so make sure to check with the Financial Aid office first!
  4. Create Your Own – There is also an opportunity for you to reach out to companies and make your own internship! If this sounds like something you are interested in, we suggest making an appointment right away so we can help get you started!

♠ Start Searching for an Internship or other Experience

Use these resources to begin your search: images

  1. Spartan Careers – This is a great place to start! Spartan Careers is specifically for UNCG students and alumni.  You can access Spartan Careers from the CSC home page (http://csc.uncg.edu/). Use your UNCG email and password to login and begin searching!
  2. CSC Lib Guide – (http://uncg.libguides.com/c.php?g=83204&p=1381500) This is an awesome resource full of opportunities and internship search databases!  There is information on internships here as well as research and fellowship experiences.
  3. Check Your Network – Never underestimate the power of who you know! Reach out to family, friends, professors, advisers etc. and let them know your interests! They may be able to suggest people you should contact.

♠ Review your Marketing Materials and prepare for your Interview!

Use the Career Services Center’s  DIY online bookshelf to review our Resume, Cover Letter, and Interviewing guides (http://csc.uncg.edu/diycareer/). You can also come in for a Mock Interview to help you ace the interview process!

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No matter what kind of experience you end up with, make the most out of it! There are skills to be developed and knowledge to be learned no matter where you are working or what you are doing.  So think about specific skills you want to improve and be intentional with creating opportunities for yourself!

  If you have any questions about the internship search process, we are always available to meet with you one-on-one.  Just stop by our office (#1 EUC) or call us at (336-334-5454) to schedule an appointment!

So, What Do You Wear To A Career Fair?! — Spring Career Fair is Wednesday, March 1st

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We are no longer requiring suits for attendance at our campus Career Fair – though if you can wear one, then it’s great to do so.  We recognize that as students not everyone has access to suits and that not every company will expect potential employees to wear a suit.  This blog post aims to help you be more informed and more comfortable about putting your best foot forward.fall-career-fair-2016-8-of-31

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The main thing to remember is don’t distract from YOU.  The biggest mistake you can make is wearing something to the career fair that is likely to be more memorable than your conversation. We want you to shine brighter than your outfit.scf-17

Avoid anything that feels too casual:

  • Jeans (especially those with holes)
  • T-shirts and Shorts
  • Visible undergarments of any sort
  • Flip Flops

Be realistic about the cut and fit of each article of your clothing:

  • Avoid the ill-fitting, overly revealing
  • Lean away from trendy and toward appropriate coverage

Understand a company’s culture:

  • Working at a bank might require more formal clothing than working at a social media marketing company
  • Look through a company’s website to get a feel for how conservative they are–some companies even have photos of employees in the office on their website or social media
  • Take their day-to-day work outfit up a notch–if you see they normally wear nice pants and a shirt, add a blazer and your best belt and shoes

Use your resources:

  • Borrow from friends for the Spring Career Fair on March 1st
  • Contact us to browse our small suit inventory

For more information about professional dress and workplace attire, check out this handout, or our Pinterest board on attire or Career Fair tips in general.

Spartans Connect Event and Networking 101

♦ Are you nervous about the thought of networking?

   Here are some tips:

  1. Introduce yourself with an elevator pitch:  Introduce your name, major, and a networking_piccareer/internship goal in the approximate time it takes to ride on an elevator (30 seconds). Then pay attention to ask them intentional questions.
  2. Don’t know what to talk about after your introduction?  Use the F.O.R.M. technique as a way to think of relevant questions to ask.
  3. Here’s what F.O.R.M. looks like in conversation:
    • Family: (Do you have family in Greensboro?, Do you have any other UNCG Alum in your family?, Do you have any pets?, etc.)
    • Occupation: (What do you do for a living?, How did you find that job?, Did you think you would always work in that field?, etc.)
    • Recreation: (What do you enjoy outside of work?, Were you involved with any clubs at UNCG?, etc.)
    • Motivation: (Why did you choose your career/major?, What is your favorite part of your job?, What advice would you give to a current student looking at similar jobs?, etc.)

♦ Want to Practice Real Networking?

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Attend SPARTANS CONNECT on February 23, 2017, from 6-8pm, in the EUC Cone Ballroom.  Join successful Spartan alumni for an evening of great food and conversation!

You already have one thing in common… being a Spartan!
Learn how to build authentic professional relationships and understand the basics of networking. 

There will be a 45-minute informational session exploring different networking strategies, then a full hour to make professional connections with alumni.

Registration: 5:30pm- 6:00pm
Networking Presentation: 6:00pm- 6:45pm
Student + Alumni Mixer: 6:45pm-8:00pm

RVSP to attend Spartans Connect through SpartanCareers by February 16.  Smart professional/business casual attire encouraged!

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Then prep your networking strategies specific to navigating the career fair by attending one of our Spring Career Fair Prep sessions on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.

To attend a Do’s Don’ts & Donuts Spring Career Fair Prep session …

RSVP in Spartan Careers! 

HOW TO GET YOUR RESUME APPROVED IN SPARTAN CAREERS

Your resume is one of your most important marketing materials, and getting your resume approved in SpartanCareers is one of the first steps towards securing a job or internship opportunity.  By having an approved resume on file you gain full access to the SpartanCareers system.

You can begin searching for openings immediately, but some jobs require an approved resume to apply. The approval process is in place to ensure you meet the baseline requirements for resumes and to encourage you to put your best foot forward when marketing your skills and abilities to potential employers.

Follow these steps to get your resume approved in Spartan Careers:

**Before uploading your resume for approval, review the CSC Resume Guide and Resume Approval Checklist.  Resumes must meet all criteria on the checklist.  Failure to meet all criteria on the checklist will result in a declined resume.**

  1. Navigate to the CSC website (uncg.edu/csc) and click on the SpartanCareers tab.
  2. Log in using your iSpartan username and password.csc-website_pic1
  3. Complete your profile if you have not already. You only have to do this once. *When asked about privacy settings, choose to receive emails from the system so you don’t miss important announcements regarding your resume approval.*
  4. On the left side of the screen click on “My Documents” and “Add New.”csc-website_pic2
  5. Name your document (ex: Jenny Jobs Resume) and select “Document Type” as Resume.
  6. Browse to your resume, click Submit.

Your resume is now in pending status until a Career Team member reviews it.  Please allow up to 2 business days for your resume to be reviewed.

Once reviewed, your resume will either be approved (meets all checklist criteria) or declined (did not meet all checklist criteria).  You will receive an email confirmation when your resume is approved or an email stating that your resume was declined.  If declined, review the feedback that was provided and refer to the Approval Checklist before re-submitting.

Need additional assistance? The Career Team is here for you!

Drop by between 10:00am until 4:00pm Monday – Friday to meet with a Peer Career Ambassador or call (336) 334-5454 to schedule an appointment with a Career Coach.

Get your resume approved today!