During the winter/spring term of 2016, I co-created and co-delivered a U of T pilot (co-curricular) course that connected senior science undergraduate students with the world of business and entrepreneurship. It was a great experience, well-suited to my interdisciplinary background. I enjoyed working with the students (from various U of T departments) and my Rotman business school collaborator, David Scrymgeour (the Executive-in-Residence for commerce).
The most valuable attribute of a science graduate is not the ability to perform specific calculations, but the ability to think critically about the world, offer well-reasoned analysis, work in teams to solve problems, and communicate ideas clearly. These qualities are important to succeed in a science career, but are also highly valued by potential employers in other professions, including business, the non-profit sector, entrepreneurship, and others. With this in mind, the course aimed to enrich students’ awareness of the broader ways their skills might be applied professionally. We also worked to expand students’ understanding of the business world, and offered hands-on practical experience tackling challenges faced by real-world start-up organizations.
Students may download the package of materials used during the course here.