When entering the workforce, it’s always an advantage to have some workplace experience under your belt. For entrepreneurs, taking their small business idea from concept to reality, it is even more important. What better way to see if your idea has what it takes than experiencing the ins and outs of operating a small business for yourself? Durham College’s new Entrepreneurship and Small Business program provides just that for students.
Designed for individuals who want to own and successfully operate a small business venture or work as an integral part of a business enterprise, the program can be taken as a two-year diploma or three-semester, fast-tracked program. Upon completion, students have the option to complete one or two years of further study to obtain an additional or advanced diploma in Accounting, Human Resources Management, Marketing or Operations Management or bridge to the Bachelor of Commerce degree program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
In addition to studying the essential components of developing a business plan and acquiring the skills necessary to operate a successful business, students are also required to complete a 20-day, unpaid field placement. Through job shadowing, students learn and observe key day-to-day business practices and fundamentals.
The college is always looking for new businesses and small business owners to give students an opportunity to learn the essential skills needed to work at and manage a successful small business in exchange for a much needed helping hand.
Any organization interested in field placement or internship opportunities with DurhamCollege is asked to contact Jeff Schissler, field placement co-ordinator, at 905.721.2000 ext. 2602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.