Interview with Rosa Ana Guerra: "Not all entrepreneurs are businessmen"


This teacher, with almost two decades of experience behind her, breaks the mold and every September she welcomes her students with a question that surprises them and forces them to reflect: "What is your best quality?"

With their answers, he begins to work with them so that their professional projects stop being a dream and become a reality. This teacher aligns her classes, in which she scrupulously follows the syllabus, with "training in values and skills development" so that her profession is based "on her qualities."

What is entrepreneurship?

It is a fashionable word, but for me entrepreneurship consists in putting your ideas into action.

What values are needed to be an entrepreneur?

Well, you have to accept risks. have initiative, creativity, planning, go beyond what is asked of you, develop teamwork skills. A person who prefers to work from eight to three in an office can also be an entrepreneur if he proposes initiatives and is on the chip solution to the needs instead of with the chip problems in his job.

Entrepreneurship is not, therefore, synonymous with entrepreneur?

No, it is a very common mistake. An entrepreneur is certainly an entrepreneur, but not all entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs. We can all be entrepreneurs in our work if we contribute ideas, have initiative, and work as a team. We all have values, talents or strengths that we can develop.

How do you transmit this training to your students?

Well, my students have already passed a baccalaureate or equivalent when they reach Vocational Training. And in the Business and Entrepreneurship module  they learn to create their own idea and study its feasibility. The truth is that it is a reality bath because they run into obstacles that they had not thought about, especially in terms of economic costs.,  that, on some occasions, are insurmountable and on others they help them develop their capacities as organization, communication and emotional intelligence to form part of a work team. Vocational Training is a good framework to learn these skills due to its practical approach and although socially this education continues to be devalued, companies are increasingly betting more on this kind of training”

Does this type of teaching have something to do with the coaching that is so fashionable lately?

Well, not exactly. The coaching that I learned has its roots in Socrates. A professional with his questions helps you to find the answers in your own information. It is an individual job. Without However, I teach my knowledge in a collective class, with a few hours per school year and although there is team coaching, the main difference is the purpose, in the classroom it is that they acquire knowledge that will lead them to their degree, although my intention is that they receive an integral formation.

Are prizes like Junior Achievement an incentive for these young people?

I complement my classes by putting students in contact with society. Many experts and volunteers who work in companies pass through my courses and institutions because for me volunteering is a magnificent form of entrepreneurship and the students see their example. And I also encourage you to present your projects to entrepreneurship forums, to the National Mini-Company Competition and to take advantage of the opportunity that Junior Achievement offers you to obtain your Entrepreneurial Skills Pass International Certificate, but I do not force you to they do it. In this way, I teach them a subtle lesson about their ability to be an entrepreneur: learning to make decisions is also entrepreneurship.

The Mini-business program It is an educational program aimed at young people. Every year Junior Achievement organizes a competition, sponsored among others by the Madrid City Council, among the projects presented by the students and chooses the entrepreneurial teacher of the year. In this year's edition, more than 1,100 projects have been presented, which have been defended by 6,340 students from 16 Autonomous Communities. The No More application created by five students from the SEK Ciudalcampo school in Madrid won the award for the best Mini-business project and the teacher Rosa Ana Guerra with the award for best teacher.