Driving Force Podcast

Driving Force Podcast


Episode 58: Chris Thomson - Co-owner & Head Coach of The Student Works Management Program

February 28, 2021

Today’s guest is Chris Thomson. Chris is the Co-owner and Head Coach of The Student Works Management Program; an entrepreneur training program for university students across Eastern Canada that helps them develop the necessary skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. The program allows these students the ability to start and run their own business for the summer, with some making over $100k of revenue their first year of business. Chris has been running this program for the past 30+ years which has helped grow over 160 millionaires and counting. Chris is also the Host of the Leaders of Tomorrow Podcast, a podcast that captures hundreds of their alumni’s stories and how they have been able to build upon the skills and values they discovered during their time in the program. In this interview, we get into Chris’s time growing up in Canada, the lessons he learned as a competitive swimmer, the evolution of the Student Works business, and all of the different ways the program grows the leaders of tomorrow.


Timestamps


00:03:07 Growing up in Toronto, Canada


00:06:43 Being a competitive swimmer


00:10:02 Time in college


00:14:15 First few roles after college


00:15:06 Why he joined Student Works


00:16:38 Evolution of the company over the years


00:23:34 Overview of Student Works today


00:30:10 How do they screen program applicants?


00:35:22 How students' grades are impacted by the program


00:37:53 Key skills students are learning in the program


00:41:06 Why his program is considered a "business school of the 21st century"


00:43:45 Ultimate vision for Student Works


00:45:14 How he's had to adjust the business due to Covid-19


00:52:54 What he wants to accomplish 5 years from now


00:54:01 His daily routine


00:57:55 His driving force


00:59:56 Parting words of career advice for the young professional listening


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