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Sometimes Education is Not Business Friendly

John Devitt at Shell Livewire say that education and entrepreneurship donít often match. Devitt and Livewire are the founders of Businessdynamics, a non-profit organization in England that advises people under 30 who are starting in business.

One problem for high schoolers who want to look into starting their own business is discouragement from teachers. One high schooler says "Self-employment wasn't regarded as a career option in my school.Ē He remembered a teacher refusing to accept his own business plan as part of his Business Studies requirements.

Similar to what Businessdynamics does in the U.K., Junior Achievement strives to do in the U.S, although they mainly focus on K-12 education.

When it all boils down, our education systems are geared more toward making students into employees rather than employers. If I could offer one piece of advice to younger people seeking to get into business, it would be to hang out as much as possible with successful business people. You will learn a lot.
     
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