Teaching graduates to mind their own business

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 February 2000




(2000), "Teaching graduates to mind their own business", Education + Training, Vol. 42 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/et.2000.00442aab.004



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Teaching graduates to mind their own business

Teaching graduates to mind their own business

Keywords: Graduates, Entrepreneurs

One in three graduates would like to be self-employed or start their own business, but only half of them make it. A report from the Institute for Employment Studies says their experience in higher education is not equipping them to become creative, risk-taking entrepreneurs with business skills. The problem is particularly acute for graduates in subjects such as creative arts and design, who often consider that their degrees will lead inexorably to some form of self-employment.

The main author of Graduates Mean Business, Nii Djan Tackey, said:

Their stifled aspirations raise questions about how to stimulate and nurture ideas to translate them into business. Extra-curricular support currently provided in higher-education institutions for aspiring graduate entrepreneurs is very patchy indeed. But even more fundamentally, they raise another question - about whether self-employment and other entrepreneurial activities should be reflected within the higher-education curriculum.

Self-employed graduates choose self-employment mainly for the independence and flexibility it offers. They are not overly motivated by the financial rewards, nor by the security of employment. Nii Djan Tackey continued:

If it is accepted that self-employment is becoming an important career destination for graduates, it may also be considered important to improve awareness of this fact in higher-education institutions and to build expertise among those who provide career guidance and support for graduates during their time at university.

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