In Summary - Entrepreneur
Business owner of new enterprise/company who typically directs all business actions for the enterprise.
Entrepreneurs typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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Brian Kelly, Science Entrepreneur
Brian is an Entrepreneur who setup his own business from ideas he encountered as a PHD student in UCD. After completing a general Science degree in UCD, he chose to pursue a PHD within the Chemistry dept, with aspirations for a career in the Pharma Chemical sector. His company, Celtic Catalysts, currently employs 17 staff and provides the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical industries with pioneering chemistry for asymmetric synthesis.
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The Work - Entrepreneur
- Finds and develops new business ideas and opportunities in an effort to be successful and profitable
- Improves on the current available market offerings
- Sources the funding to launch the enterprise
- Follows through and begins a new business
- Operates the business on a day-to-day basis, overseeing all details and nurturing the company to success
- Works long hours and perseveres through tough times
- Generates a profit and becomes more financially secure than depending on a wage from an employer
- Takes a risk and aims for success
Interests - Entrepreneur
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Risk-taker, adaptable; ability to come up with new ideas and new ways of doing things; good judgement; decisive; ambitious and self confident. A desire to work for yourself, make your own decisions, to feel secure and in control, and to be your own boss with the freedom and flexibility that comes with the role.
Entrepreneurs need good time-management, leadership, and decision-making skills. Communication with a diverse range of people, including staff, clients, customers, investors, suppliers etc, requires good communication skills and an ability be comfortable meeting people, networking, and forming relationships.
Entry Requirements - Entrepreneur
There are no educational requirements for entrepreneurs, in fact many successful entrepreneurs have no educational qualifications whatsoever.
Some entrepreneurs may hold a Bachelor or Master's Degree in Business, or in a field related to their enterprise interest e.g a fashion retailer may have a degree in fashion design.
Entrepreneurs often gain training and experience in their chosen enterprise area through apprenticeship, internship, and/or on-the-job training at other companies.
Last Updated: June, 2014
Pay & Salary - Entrepreneur
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 150k
Entrepreneurs might start out by paying themselves under the minimum wages, but the upper rate can be any amount.
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Entrepreneur
Local Enterprise Office
- C/O Enterprise Ireland
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Chambers of Commerce
Junior Achievement Ireland
DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship