When going to business school in a STEM major, you are surrounded by the idea getting in on disruptive technology is one of the best outcomes coming out of school. You hear of the successes of start-ups and how you should aspire to be those entrepreneurs. To counter that, NPR recently wrote an article with the topic of questioning that very idea. I also wanted to touch on that, but in my own way.
In our small ecosystem of college graduates at Temple University, we see students going in all directions. This includes consulting, development, system administration, or business analysis. These students almost always pick the big companies that have been around for a long time versus going and looking for start-ups or creating one on their own. This goes down to preference of the students, not necessarily the amount of recruiting the large companies put in or how much your professor says start-ups are a good to our technology industry.
When taking a look of the biases of each group, they all want something for themselves. A professor/college administration wants the tagline of being a breeding ground for innovation. Students want money and a successful career. Large companies want the talent. Lastly, start-ups want to break the technology industry for their own gain. As the smarter individuals create start-ups, they leave the large companies, leaving them more susceptible to disruption.
College careers are short, take that from a rising senior, and I can’t fault people for making decisions based off what they want in their life. If students want to go into the coal burning industry, I say let them. If students want to disrupt beer delivery systems, that’s just as good in my mind. I personally don’t know what the right answer for students is. In every single possible way, disruption will be a part of our lives coming out of college, but whether we as students are found more useful in a large business or start up environment is up to the market, not any group’s bias, including our own.
The question is, who is more right for their own gain?