Working During College

by Scott Gelbard

As a member of Apis Ventures, a business consultancy and venture capital firm in Denver, Colorado, I leverage my extensive experience in finance to provide management and venture capital services to companies in a variety of sectors. I established a strong educational foundation in the field at Colorado State University, where I studied consumer science, business, and finance, but I sought to gain a practical base of knowledge as well. During my last two years of college, I worked for an investor relations firm, which gave me the hands-on experience that allowed me to start my first company when I graduated from Colorado State in 1999.

Although many students worry that working during college might interfere with their academic careers, studies have shown that college students who find employment do just as well in their studies as students without jobs. Additionally, working doesn’t always mean taking time away from academics; according to recent data, students today spend more time watching television than ever before. While the phrase “working your way through college” points to the importance of minimizing the cost of higher education, especially if students or their families have taken out significant loans, a part-time or even full-time job can also prove useful for a future career. If students pursue work opportunities in their fields of interest, as I did, they might establish important connections or build useful skills. Moreover, future employers often look favorably on prior work experience.

As with all extracurricular activities in college, balancing a job with academics requires clear priorities and solid time management skills. Some students in particularly intensive academic programs may find that they simply lack the extra time to work. For the students who do have the time, however, taking on a job during college can be an opportunity to alleviate the cost of college, gain relevant professional experience, and further explore their interests.

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Scott Gelbard on Men For The Cure

By: Scott Gelbard

As part of my charitable initiatives, I support Men for the Cure. This organization provides an opportunity for men in my community to come together and advocate for the early detection of breast cancer. Established in 2000 after one of our members’ wives, Diane O’Connor Thompson, lost her battle with the disease, Men for the Cure organized a Gentlemen’s Dinner that year to raise money for the cause. This first formal event was put together to remember the many wives, friends, mothers, sisters, daughters, and colleagues who had lost their lives to breast cancer. Men for the Cure charged admission for the Gentleman’s Dinner and donated the proceeds to patient care and research at the University of Colorado Hospital, which later named a division the Diane O’Connor Thompson Breast Center.

A nonprofit organization that aims to give back to women in the community of Denver, Colorado, and the surrounding areas, Men for the Cure regularly hosts fundraising events. In 2010, the association put on a golf tournament that achieved resounding success. Over the past 10 years, Men for the Cure has gained a following of passionate event attendees and sponsors who are dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. These community members either involve themselves with Men for the Cure as supporters of the cause, or as contributors who help with the costs and resources involved with hosting a formal nonprofit fundraiser. Men for the Cure events usually feature guest speakers, and the list of past honorees include Mike Shanahan, Rod Smith, Rick Reilly, and Goose Gossage.

I am proud to affiliate myself with Men for the Cure, as we are one of the only gentlemen-run organizations that raises money solely for breast cancer research and patient care. For more information about this nonprofit association, visit the Men for the Cure website at www.MenForTheCure.com.