Published on February 15, 2014
From Engineering to Entrepreneurship: How to Prepare for, Start and Manage Your Own Engineering Firm RICK DE LA GUARDIA, E.I. M. ASCE
PURPOSE AND MISSION This presentation has been prepared with the intention of raising awareness of opportunities in entrepreneurship and how to prepare for owning your own business from as early on as High School or College. The purpose and mission of my upcoming book is to provide inspiration, guidance and a clear path to Entrepreneurship.
MY STORY President and Founder of DLG Engineering, Inc. (DLGE) Over 19 years experience designing and consulting Authored numerous magazine articles in my specialty Presented papers on technical topics in my industry Active member of numerous professional organizations Volunteered to served as president of the University of Miami College of Engineering Alumni Association from (6/10 to 5/12)
Phases of Development: Part 1: Preparing for Entrepreneurship while in school Part 2: Preparing for Entrepreneurship as a recent graduate Part 3: From Engineering to Entrepreneurship
PART 1 PREPARING FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP WHILE IN SCHOOL It is never too early to begin preparing for entrepreneurship. In fact, starting to prepare to own your own engineering firm while in high school or college is a natural and convenient time to start. Knowing what courses or resources to focus on can help set a solid foundation for future entrepreneurship. You may be able to tailor or focus your curriculum and your electives in a manner that will place you in a better position to succeed in your career. It may also help you become a more successful business owner.
PART 2 PREPARING FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AS A RECENT GRADUATE Once you graduate from college you should begin to focus on a specialty or niche and begin “paying your dues”. This is when you will develop your connections of potential future clients, put into practice the skills learned in college and start the process of making a name for yourself. If you do not yet possess or have not put into practice the skills in computer software, programming, management, writing and public speaking, this would be the time to learn and perfect them.
What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur? Finding your Niche!!!
WHAT WOULD YOU RATHER BE? A SMALL FISH IN A BIG POND? STRUCTURAL ENGINEER POND OR A BIG FISH IN A SMALL POND? BUILDING ENVELOPE CONSULTANT POND
PART 3 FROM ENGINEERING TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP Once you have established yourself in your industry and have all the necessary basic tools needed for entrepreneurship, it is time to take the plunge. The first step is to decide on and establish your niche in the field based on your years of experience. A niche can be established in any of the known disciplines but it should be in an industry that you have experience and connections in.
FROM ENGINEERING TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP My book will provide specific and detailed advice on all three parts along with real life examples of hurdles and how to overcome them. If you are interested in finding more information about the upcoming book, please feel free to connect with us of Facebook or LinkedIn. https://www.facebook.com/pages/From-Engineering-toEntrepreneurship/350272588425361 http://www.linkedin.com/groups/From-EngineeringEntrepreneurship-4898766?trk=my_groups-b-grp-v firstname.lastname@example.org
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