Written by Sam Yacob
Ever since I was in elementary school I had always wanted to do something cool in my life. I wanted to build companies in the way that Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, and the likes had once done.
It was in my grade 9 year when I heard about the summer company program. When I came across an ad, I was elated because it would allow me to not only have a summer job but to do something that I had always dreamed of doing. It almost seemed unreal that I could get $3000 and a mentor in the process of starting my own summer business.
So I went to work on a business plan and by May, I had submitted my idea and shortly thereafter I was accepted into the program.
Over the course of two months, I did a lot and failed a lot. There were moments of frustration and moments of happiness but being your own boss also has its many perks. The summer company program, as I reflect, was not only a flexible summer job but one of the greatest educational experiences of my life.
Not only did I have the opportunity to network but to learn through my mentor and the events held by the BACD. I learned about finance and accounting, marketing and sales, operations, and more importantly what it is like to start a business. In doing so I developed a strong work ethic and an understanding of the way the business world works.
At the end of the summer, I hadn’t earned as much as I had projected but I did make a good amount of money, off my summer tutoring business. For a first job, I have to say it was pretty awesome!
The summer company program application is due May 6. If you are 15-29, a student going back to school next fall and ready to dedicate 35 hours a week make sure to apply today. You won’t regret it.
Sam Yacob is a Summer Company program student from 2014.