Hi everyone, first time post here and looking for some career guidance. I spent 11 years of my career in the construction industry as a project manager. My skills and experiences are in getting stuff done, systems, processes, quality management etc. I've dabbled in entrepreneurship and had a few successful failures.
I left the construction world 2 years ago to gain more experience building businesses and have since helped to grow an activity centre and holiday lodge business. Its now time to move on. I'll maybe start my own business one day but until the right opportunity / co-founder comes my way I'm just looking to build my experience and get inspired in other peoples early stage companies.
To do this I was thinking of putting myself out there on a little personal project. 12 months, 12 startups, 12 projects. As in each month I take on a new “internship” in a startup to help them for a month. I figure its a fun way to gain lots of business exposure. What does everyone think? Kooky idea? Anyone have any other suggestions of gaining my real world MBA?
I'm not so young anymore (37) but patient and not too concerned about making lots of money in the short term. Gaining experience is the key.
Thanks for listening. Have wings and will travel if anyone wants to take me up.
Good luck! You choose very interesting way)) I wish you a successful 12 projects!
12 months, 12 startups, 12 projects... that's actually a brilliant idea. One of the best mantra to go by is: The more you learn, the more you earn.
Great plans and congratulations for taking the risks quitting a well established job to pursue your dreams and goals in life.
I have only one word of advice to you to support your "12" idea.
I think it is a brilliant idea to work in 12 companies in a short period of time. You would be exposed to many different environments and probably lear a lot. But what i would do in your place is - identify people, not companies, that you want to be like in 5 or 10 years or more, and pursue mentorship with them or internship in their companies. I think you would be much better off having 12 mentors and building your own product right now, than to invest all that time in different 12 companies which won`t build any strong relationships in 1 month. I am saying this provided you have all that experience under your belt in the first place working in a company.
Hope that helps.
Thanks to those who followed along. I decided to do it. I’m putting this out there to see if I can manage to work my way around the world as a kind of nomadic operations manager on a real world MBA journey. My big ask is that if you know any organisations, in any sector, anywhere that may be keen to take me on then PLEASE help me share. If you’re interested in how I get on there are a few ways to follow along. www.betteroperations.co