Author Archives: Rishábh Kumar
19 January 2017 - 1:18 pm When enterprise becomes international: Taking the best from globalisation
When I commenced on the challenge of developing a programme for international students to develop their entrepreneurship skills I was not expecting Brexit would happen or even that we would have Mr Turmp as the next US President. When the programme ended, I was not only watching the political landscape change but also how far western nations were driving away from globalisation and becoming a closed retrogressive society.
3 October 2016 - 4:02 pm The benefits of becoming a councillor in the Students’ Union
The union has ample of opportunities for you to develop and improve your skills, but none are as interesting and impactful on your students’ experience as standing for the role of Students’ Union Councillor. The benefits go far beyond making you more employable, including:
Making interesting friends
The council brings together people who are really engaged and are here to make a positive difference to student life. You might meet people who disagree with you completely, but may still become friends with them. Alongside this, you will meet people with similar interests who may well become friends throughout your university life and beyond.
Negotiating and learning
Many times the Union council sees discussion on topics which are quite controversial. These issues might not have a correct answer and the policy would depend on which way the council swings. You might find yourself on the less popular side, as I did sometimes, but believe me here even losing is winning. You will learn more from a lost argument than one which was popular.
Making a difference
The councillors do amazing things. They have prevented departments from shutting down, to helping to decide which companies are able to sell their products in the Students’ Union building, . Some councillors’ sit on various committees such as the finance committee, academic representative committee and many more.
Become informed and lead the way
Ever wondered how democracy actually works? Wondered what happens in parliamentary debates? Well, students union council isn’t the whole of the UK, but it still provides an insight on how things work in a democracy. Seize this opportunity to get yourself exposed to debates and discussion to enrich yourself. Who knows probably you might be able to chart a new direction for the Students’ Union!
Wondering how to be a councillor? Click here to know more.
Do not fret if you are a first year student. I was one when I became the Councillor for the Economics department. One things I can tell you – becoming a councillor was one of the best experiences I have had so far at university.
I am running for the International Students’ Councillor, so who knows I might see you at the council some time!
20 July 2016 - 12:22 pm Together We Can #WeAreInternational
If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far go together.
We are facing challenges such as climate change, massive income inequality, violence and so on. These challenges are not faced by one country, but by all. No nation is safe from these, no matter how strong, economically or politically they think they are. In the light of this, we at USE started thinking how we can bring together the knowledge and skills of individuals from different nationalities. To help them to cooperate and make the most of their complimentary abilities, to solve the society’s most pressing problems.
22 June 2016 - 4:24 pm Self-Education: Because some people aren’t made to just make a living
Gandhi once said “We must become the change we want to see.”
Gandhi once said “We must become the change we want to see.” and to my utmost displeasure, what he said happens to be true. To become something great you have to be something great. The only way to be something great is to learn, improve and learn.
4 May 2016 - 2:48 pm 5 things I learned as the Student Markeing Intern at USE
It’s been quite some time since I wrote a blog. So just to update you, my event, Liberating Potential, was a huge success and is going to happen agin next year too. So keep your eyes open.
So in this blog I am going to write about the top five things I learned this year as the Student Marketing Intern at University of Sheffield Enterprise.
18 February 2016 - 11:49 am Liberating Potential
At USE we love enterprising, in fact we really love enterprising. So much so we want to help and inspire as much as many people as possible get involved. So recently when we came across a study, which said that there was real problem with underrepresentation from people from diversity groups in enterprise, we thought we better do something about it!
Like true entrepreneurs once we had identified the problem, we came up with a solution to address the issue: an event similar to Startup Weekend, but aimed purely at younger people from the diversity groups from across our lovely city, with the aim to get them enterprising, building professional networks and giving them the skills they need to proceed to start their own businesses in the future. We call this event Liberating Potential (The name derives from the fact that our students call the diversity groups: liberation groups).
Sounds good, right? But maybe you’re still thinking that running your own business is not your thing. Well no fear, as that’s where ‘intrapreneurs’ come in. Intrapreneurs share all the traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs – consistently challenging the status quo, taking risks and promoting innovation – but are leaders in large organisations, whether this is the NHS, charity sector or large multinational corporations.
So, one of the main aims of Liberating Potential is that we build networks of young people from diversity groups, because as we know one of the major challenges faced by these groups is lack of networks in professional environments. So our event will see younger people from the LGBT+, Black and Minority Ethnic, Dyslexic and Disabled, and Female communities collaborate, buildingamazing teams, access awesome mentors and be brave enough to take the stage and present to a panel of judges
Along with we aim to demystify and promote enterprise as a career option. Not all organizations are cool and open minded like TUoS ( a Stonewall top 100 employer) , so why don’t you consider starting your own thing?
Sounds a bit exciting and ambitious? You bet it is.
So what are you waiting for? If you don’t belong to the liberation/diversity groups, but recognise this is a much needed and really exciting development, share the word to your friends! We will also be launching a crowdfunding campaign in March, so watch this space.
Let us together help build our world a more diverse place to be.
Signing out for now, ’till then keep on enterprising!
9 February 2016 - 2:50 pm Enterprising World: India Edition
As an international student I feel an inherent desire to get more and more international students into entrepreneurship as a career option. The inability of many international students to start a business in the UK is because of visa rules which inhibits many budding international student entrepreneurs in helping realise their dream of self employment. So rather than sitting around and moaning about this problem I decided to start a series of blogs to get international students interested and enthusiastic about enterprise. Continue reading “Enterprising World: India Edition” »
9 December 2015 - 10:51 am Because the future is shared
Last weekend I took part in a student led and organised conference all about challenging current thinking in economics. The event was organised by Rethinking Economics, an international network of students, thinkers and citizens, coming together to demystify, diversify, and invigorate economics.
30 October 2015 - 11:58 am A weekend to make the change!
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, Jedi Master
Startup Weekends are fun packed entrepreneurship exercises in which you’ll learn much more than just starting a business. In brevity, Startup Weekends are two and a half day events; they start on a Friday evening when people pitch their ideas (It could be you too, if you have got one!). Then the participants choose the idea they would like to be part of. The next day the teams build their product prototype and also reach out to their market to understand the challenges their business idea would face. On the final day the teams present their ideas to the judges and win prizes!