LONDON, ON--(Marketwire - Jan 17, 2012) - Having a hard time picking a good new year's resolution? Becoming a student entrepreneur probably wasn't on your list, but it should be. College Pro offers you the chance to manage your own painting or window cleaning business where you learn skills and real-world experience that cannot be taught in the classroom. Being able to run a business is an opportunity that has provided college students and recent graduates fantastic results for over 40 years.
Since 1971, College Pro Painters and Window Cleaning has been the premier student-run painting and window cleaning company in North America. College Pro offers students and recent college graduates the opportunity to own and operate a painting or window cleaning franchise in their local communities on a seasonal basis. The Franchise Manager program offers you a chance to put into practice what you have been taught in the classroom...and more. Through the Franchise Manager program, participants learn valuable hands-on skills including leading a team of employees, marketing to potential clients, following sales leads, balancing budgets, and working directly with clients. In other words: everything you need to know about running a business!
The College Pro franchise opportunity has been aptly referred to as a "real-world MBA" because there is simply no other job opportunity or internship that can prepare a young student entrepreneur for life after school. Being able to say that you are an aspiring entrepreneur is one thing; actually running your own business is something that very few college or university students can claim on their resume. One of the most important assets that you can take away from College Pro is the confidence to tell recruiters, interviewers, and employers that, although school was a huge part of your success, running your own business means you have the confidence and experience you need to get the job done. Meghan O'Connell, former College Pro Franchise Manager, clarifies this point:
"It was an emotional roller coaster at times, but the experience that I have gained is invaluable. I feel confident that I could start out a job in marketing, advertising, financial planning, organizational management, event planning, accounting, distribution, or human resources and be well equipped to succeed. This adventure, that started with trying to find an internship to add to my resume, has put me in a place where I can go into any interview and feel confident in my abilities, and be able to point directly to my business' success."
In today's extremely competitive job seeking environment, having confidence in yourself and your skill set is invaluable, especially when your skill set prepares you to take on many challenges that face less prepared graduates. Out of all the skills that the College Pro franchise opportunity can teach you, alumni indicate that the most important skills are the ones that can only be learned through experience.
"I can, without any shadow of a doubt, express to you that the learning & experience you could gain as a College Pro franchisee is beyond any college degree, or any internship out there," said Jeff Wall, President of Handyman Connection and former College Pro Franchise Manager. "The experience and training that I received opened numerous doors for me in my career that would not have been open if not for becoming a College Pro franchisee."
College Pro offers you the opportunity to learn new skills and provide you with experience that cannot be found anywhere else, yet can be transferred to almost any business environment. The professional relationships and networks that are built during a summer with College Pro can last a lifetime and prove to be more valuable than any summer job or internship you have previously had.
With the new year in mind and graduation just around the corner, start thinking about how College Pro Painters and College Pro Window Cleaning can provide you with the opportunity to reap a lifetime of benefits from a summer of hard, satisfying and, ultimately, rewarding work.
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.