Initiative & Enterprise

Industry Skill

Overview of Initiative and Enterprise Skills

The ability to independently spot opportunities, produce new ideas, access their commercial viability and follow through on them without waiting for external motivation while others are yet to see the need or opportunity.

Though life in the workplace can be fulfilling, it can also be demanding performance expectations, while support may be limited. Organisations are always on the lookout for individuals who can spot opportunities and motivate themselves to get things done with minimal resources.

“An NGO I volunteered to work with needed funds to execute projects in our community. I came up with the idea of writing to corporate organisations, submitted proposals to their CSR units, and followed. It resulted in the sourcing of the fund required for us to execute our projects.”

Believe in yourself and have the courage to try out your ideas. Be more comfortable taking responsibility and contributing to the success of extra-curricular groups to which you belong on campus. Even when you fail, you would have lived by your conviction and gotten the opportunity to learn.

This skill is valuable in industries and career disciplines with fewer entry barriers. It provides a high reward for innovation and entrepreneurship. Top among these industries are:

  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Fintech
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Fashion & Lifestyle
  • Film/Music

Top Demand Career Disciplines:

  • Information Technology
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Design & Engineering
  • Media & Communications
  • Legal Services


  • The Men Who Built America
  • The Aviator
  • Joy
  • The Founder
  • The Devil Wears Prada


  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker
  • Eat that Frog: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
  • How they Started; How 21 Good Ideas Became Great Global Businesses by David Lester


  • Think and Grow Rich 
  • Taking Initiative 
  • How I Built This
  • Business Wars
  • StartUp by Gimlet media