Every year, my colleagues host StartUp! Fest, an event that brings together local startups and graduate business students. And every year, I encourage my students to attend, even if they aren't sure about joining a startup team. I especially encourage those with limited or no prior work experience because they are the most frustrated that all jobs seem to require one to three years of experience and that employers expect candidates to contribute immediately, even for entry-level positions. As pre-experience graduate students, they worry they'll never find a job. Gaining experience, though, doesn't only mean working in a traditional environment. Interning with startups is one option to apply knowledge and explore interests.

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