Glenbard East alumnus launches own business

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:34 p.m. CDT
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(Sarah Small - ssmall@shawmedia.com)
Lombard resident Faraz Kamran recently started his own company called Launchpad for Success, which provides professional development services to people looking for jobs or career advancement.

LOMBARD – Working a full-time job in Chicago isn’t enough for Faraz Kamran.

The 22-year-old alumnus of Glenbard East High School is working to realize his lifelong dream of owning his own business as he develops and expands Launchpad for Success, a company he started in December that provides services to job seekers.

“Coming out of college, I wanted to run my own business,” said Kamran, of Lombard. “But what does the society need?”

This budding business offers services designed to help people secure employment or advance in their careers. Kamran offers resume and cover letter critiques, interview practice, LinkedIn training and more.

Four months in, Kamran said he’s now working with a team of employees to market the business to the Chicago region and build a clientele base.

“I want to get a really good presence in Chicago and the suburbs,” he said. “I want to reach out to a lot of people.”

Although he’s young, Kamran said he’s confident his previous professional experience helps set him apart as someone who can give good advice.

During his freshman year at the University of Illinois, Kamran ran his own local business through College Works Painting, a national organization that supports college-age entrepreneurs as they manage their own house-painting businesses.

Being a manager put him on the other side of the interview table, he said. He conducted more than 50 interviews and learned the qualities a job recruiter is looking for.

Kamran uses this knowledge to help the clients he coaches through Launchpad for Success.

A team of campus representatives with the company also visits local community colleges in the suburbs to talk about the business.

“People who are from community colleges don’t have access to resources like we did at U of I,” he said. “I want to get students those resource opportunities.”

His ultimate goal is for Launchpad for Success to be a business recognized across the globe.

Much of Kamran’s determination to succeed comes from his parents, he said. The family immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in 2000.

Since then, he’s watched his parents work hard to make a living.

“My parents are my role models,” Kamran said. “I get my drive and work ethic from my parents. Me giving back to them now is the best feeling ever.”

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