Get Hired, our flagship spring career fair is taking place on Wednesday 3 May, from 12:30 pm to 4 pm at Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street (near Bristol Hippodrome).
On the run-up to Get Hired, we will be hosting a series of employer-led sessions to help you prepare for, and make the most out of, the fair. So if you are unsure what to do at a careers fair, or want some tips on how to research the attending employers, and what questions to ask; head to mycareer to explore our Prepare to Get Hired sessions.
Jumpstart, whose mission is to make startups a valuable career path for everyone, are one of the organisations presenting a Prepare to Get Hired skill session. We recently caught up with Jumpstart’s co-founder Kabir, to hear about his experience as an entrepreneur.
Tell us more about Jumpstart? Why is it a good opportunity for Bristol students and alumni?
Whilst I was applying for jobs at university, I was pretty disappointed by the lack of choice – it felt like the only viable options were banking, consulting, finance or law.
So we set up Jumpstart to provide graduates with a genuine alternative. The chance for you to work in London’s most exciting start-ups in a commercial, generalist, or marketing role, whilst Jumpstart provides you with the training, mentorship, and career support you need to thrive.
Start-ups currently aren’t able to access talented graduates who want to work in commercial roles, so Jumpstart provides a great opportunity for Bristol students and alumni who also crave the dynamism and innovative environment of a start-up.
If you are interested in finding out more, please see the Jumpstart website homepage.
Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?
After graduating from university, I joined a Strategy Consulting firm (original I know..). Whilst consulting definitely gave me a useful ‘box of tricks’ and experience to draw upon, I would always look at the managers and directors in the firm and think “I definitely can’t see myself doing your job in five years’ time”. I have always been a bit of an idealist, with a number of good, bad and downright terrible ideas that I wanted to try out! Ultimately, you can only really put these ideas into practice if you are working for yourself. So after a few years of work, it was a no-brainer to make that transition!
If a new entrepreneur came to you looking for entrepreneurship resources & recommendations, what would you send them?
In terms of books – the two which stand out for me are Eric Ries’ “The Lean Start-Up” and Clay Christensen’s’ “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. The latter is lucid in the theory of innovation, and how it manifests itself in the economy – a useful frame for any aspiring entrepreneur – and the former is more about how to apply an empirical hypothesis-driven approach to validating business models. “The Lean Start-Up” has become a bit of a fad, and a lot of blogs and articles are written about it that misinterpret some of the core ideas – so it’s well worth reading the original for inspiration!
A podcast which I think really stands out is Reid Hoffman’s “Masters of Scale” – which is full of great tips and techniques to stretch ideas. The “Eleven start Experience” that AirBnB used is a personal favourite.