LONDON, ON--(Marketwire - Dec 19, 2011) - It's almost the New Year, and, if you're a typical college or university student, that means just a few months until graduation and when you move up in the ranks from sophomore to junior, or junior to senior. It also means time to start thinking about a summer job.
But instead of a summer job, what if you could land something better? What if you could find a summer opportunity, and something that would boost your future career and put you miles above the competition, even before you graduate?
Consider spending a summer as a College Pro entrepreneur. As a student manager with College Pro Painters, a sunny summer morning on the job might start something like this:
Seven AM, and a call comes in from a crew member. That paint they used didn't cover the house -- something in the siding just sucks up the paint and makes it look like it was never there. You'll have to solve that problem before the student painters you trained arrive to start work for the day. A few minutes later, as you grab your jeans and a quick glass of orange juice, you get another call; it's one of your painters. His car broke down and he needs a ride to work. You jump in your car, on your way to help out an employee -- a friend.
Within the next few hours, you'll provide an estimate to a potential customer; you'll seal the deal with another, bring another ladder to a job site, and inspect the progress your student painters are making at one of four job sites you're managing this summer. And, all the while, you're smiling. It's going to be a long day full of hard work and solid challenges, so why are you smiling?
Maybe because this summer is turning out to be one of the best summers of your life. You're a student entrepreneur with College Pro. You could have spent the summer in an office, filing invoices and making coffee. Instead you spend the day outdoors, making new friends and growing your own business.
For over 40 years, College Pro has connected hard-working college students with homeowners who want reliable, professional home painting and window cleaning services. And every year, 25,000 students apply for 700 positions to become one of those student entrepreneurs, vying for the chance to supervise painting and window cleaning teams across their city and run their own business.
It takes hard work and dedication to be one of the College Pro entrepreneurs -- to pursue a College Pro franchise opportunity -- to run a painting or window cleaning business for the summer, but the rewards are infinite. The professional training student entrepreneurs receive from the company helps them stand out in the work world. Professionally, they learn about painting or window cleaning, marketing, customer service, and financial and people management skills. Personally, after running their own profitable business for the summer, they learn how to deliver a quality product, gaining self confidence for a future career.
Fulfilling the dreams of a summer -- building skills for a lifetime.
"There is absolutely nothing else I could have done in the last three years to provide myself with a better foundation for my future," says Benn Vogelsang, a student manager from Washington State. "In working with College Pro Painters, I did not just learn a variety of invaluable business skills, but also developed immensely as a person. I not only compiled an impressive resume and a Rolodex of references, but I entered a new and extensive business network. I did not just put up high revenue and quality numbers, but I supported them with high profit and a new value on and ability to create personal time. I felt that I was adequately trained and well supported. However, the most integral part of the experience is the fact that I know that I only got out of the experience what I put into it."
A new year brings many opportunities, and a summer spent as one of many College Pro entrepreneurs provides a challenging, real-life business experience, a chance to meet new people, make new friends, and perhaps for the first time, manage your own profitable business.
Much better, don't you think, than a summer spent in an office, filing invoices and making coffee?
In business for 40 years, College Pro is a North American student painting and window cleaning company that offers residential painting and window cleaning services during summer months in local communities. Student franchise managers and general managers have participated in charity events and donated services equating to over $900,000 to improve community spaces and housing in underprivileged areas across Canada and the United States. The company's core purpose, 'together, realizing potentials,' uniquely mentors and challenges students to become successful community and business leaders.