College vs. Entrepreneurship? Who Wins in 2021?

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TL;DR:

  • College and entrepreneurship both have benefits and serve different individuals in different ways.
  • The cost and benefits of both college and entrepreneurship need to be understood.
  • For a functioning society, both college and career-ready individuals need to be supported and valued.

College vs. Entrepreneurship

As the job market continues to expand and more and more people are quitting their jobs, you can’t help but wonder what’s exactly going on? In the world of millennials & Gen Z, there has been a huge surge in the world of entrepreneurship. A common theme is you don’t need college to be successful anymore.  Although this proves to be true, there are also some hidden factors that go into play. It’s like the great debate of Kobe vs. Michael Jordan on who’s better? As a product of both sides in college and entrepreneurship, I think this ongoing battle is the future of work and business. Here’s why:

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College isn’t a scam.

College isn’t a scam by any means. As a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio majoring in business management, college was a place for me to grow and network with like-minded individuals while starting my own business and building a personal brand. College is an investment in yourself to set your future up for success. It’s like the ‘spending money to make money’ model. You spend money on student loans to give yourself the opportunity to earn a salary post-graduation to finance your life and chase your dreams.

Colleges have free resources, networking events, and access to leaders in the industry at your disposal for you to take advantage of during your tenure. College is what you make it. The key piece to a successful college career is choosing the right major. A lot of times students may choose something that doesn’t have a huge need in society and doesn’t provide an affordable living. Now you may say society can be to blame for not paying enough, but certain fields don’t produce enough money; it’s vital to choose something with sustainability. College sets you up for the next big thing. The next big job. The next big business. It’s the stepping stone into your career.

Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone.

Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. A common theme now is everyone tapping into their creative side and looking to create the next big thing. Becoming an internet sensation has been the “it” thing to do since the pandemic opened up a slew of online businesses. The idea of rolling right into entrepreneurship, disregarding education, works for some people but not everyone.

The key to a successful business and entrepreneurship is to solve a problem. Before thinking of leaving your job or skipping college to build a business, think about what problem you exactly will be solving. If your sole intent is to make money, create different streams of income which is different from sole entrepreneurship. A key reminder is that you must have money to make money. This can be from saving from your job or maybe a loan, business credit line, etc.

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In a functional world, we need both occupations to operate. We need our creative entrepreneurs to create trends, products, and services for us to live and utilize. We need our college leaders to go into the workforce to create change and provide opportunities for others. Instead of being on opposite sides, it’s important to join forces and push our communities and economy forward. For any aspiring entrepreneur or college student, continue chasing your success and following the path that’s easy for you to get to your goals. Whether that’s being in college or being an entrepreneur, we need your GIFT.


About Sebastian Sanders

Sebastian Sanders “The Youth Principal” is a world motivational speaker. Born in Houston, Texas, Sebastian is a known community leader & youth advocate since his founding of The Sanders Hand in 2017. He has been changing the lives of many families and students across the world, servicing over 2,000 youth & college students from Texas to Oklahoma. Sebastian is a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio with his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management. Sebastian is also the founder & chairman of SJS Enterprises, serving as the cultivation of community and business as we know it.

Known for his amazing work with youth, he is a perceived businessman & social entrepreneur with the creation of “Define Success” curriculum & leadership camp. Sebastian is a well-rounded entrepreneur with his unique sense of business. He thrives for change in our economy and community.

“Don’t look for change, be the change.” – Sebastian.