Business angels to support in time
Students often work part-time as waiters, croupiers in casinos and in sales, selling everything from perfumes to real estate. Their jobs may bear no relation to their future profession, which prompts the question of whether they are wasting their time. In this case, how can they not only earn money but gain relevant experience in their chosen professional field?
Two years ago, the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics opened the doors of the Business Incubator for students, allowing entrepreneurial youngsters to promote their own ideas; remuneration is related directly to the success of each project. “Our students need not only to create good IT products but must decide how to promote them on the market,” asserts the Head of the Business Incubator, Alexander Sidorovich. “We help them by supporting dialogue between students and entrepreneurs: companies which are willing to invest in promising projects.”
Entrepreneurs who undertake the promotion of a new project are known as Business Angels, although the lion’s share of the profit goes to the investor. Student-developers tend to consider the terms beneficial however, since they receive payment and usually have plenty more ideas for the future. Others decide the disadvantages outweigh the advantages and decide to try to launch their project themselves. Some ideas can simply be sold as they are. Applications for computer games are among the biggest money-spinners.
Belarusian State University students certainly have the opportunity to gain professional experience, as the Head of the Laboratory for Applied Mechanics at the BSU’s Mechanics-Mathematics Faculty, Andrey Krupoderov, explains.
His team liaises with the mining industry in Soligorsk, modelling processes which occur underground, influenced by anthropogenic factors. The future specialists can also develop software for enterprises via a university agreement, being paid upwards of Br2m per month. Of course, only the most talented and hard-working students take part.
Some find jobs without help from the university, although special courses, training and internships are available. It’s not difficult to find employment as system administrators and analysts, as Sergey Bondar tells us. “I was a third year student when I took my job as systems administrator. I found the job online, sent in my resume and was interviewed.
My employer knew that I was a full-time student on giving me a contract and, of course, it’s a challenge to keep up with university work while being employed elsewhere, but the experience I’m gaining is worth the effort. It’ll now be easier for me to find job after graduation.”