ERIC Number: ED431077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Graduates Mean Business: A Study of Graduate Self-Employment and Business Start-Ups.
Tackey, N. D.; Perryman, S.
Self-employment among graduates of England's higher education institutions (HEIs) was examined. The study included five elements: literature review; qualitative development stage involving exploratory interviews with 16 key players and in-depth interviews with 15 self-employed graduates from Sussex University and the London Institute; mail survey of all 152 careers services in England's HEIs (response rate, 48%); mail survey of a sample of 3,029 graduates of selected HEIs (response rate, 21%); and development of good practice materials. Of the graduates surveyed, 31% were currently or had been self-employed, 26% had considered self-employment, and 43% had no interest in self-employment. Women were more likely than men to have some self-employment experience. Self-employment was highest among graduates of creative arts and design courses. Graduates with better-class degrees were more likely to have self-employment experience. A family background in self-employment was a significant factor influencing labor market status in self-employment. Four principal areas where HEIs could play an important role in preparing students for self-employment were identified: promote business awareness, foster entrepreneurial attributes, contribute toward skills training, and help in business planning. (Sixty-eight tables/figures are included. Appended are a full list of courses and full list of sectoral activity. The report contains 85 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Counseling, College Graduates, Comparative Analysis, Counseling Services, Counseling Techniques, Education Work Relationship, Employed Women, Employment Patterns, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Self Employment, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)