Attitude towards choosing a career in entrepreneurship amongst graduates

Norasmah Othman, Salmah Binti Ishak

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Abstract

Purpose: This article presents research that investigates the influence of attitude on choosing a career in entrepreneurship among graduates in Malaysia. Entrepreneurship is seen as a solution to the ever-growing problem of unemployment among graduates. However, it has been found that this career choice is not favoured by younger people, especially graduates, who see entrepreneurship as only a second or even last choice. Design/Methodology: This research was carried out using a questionnaire. The research sample was chosen using stratified random sampling and consisted of 266 participants of the Graduate Entrepreneurial Scheme (GES). Finding: Research findings show that an attitude based on an internal locus of control, monetary value, and autonomy had a significant impact on choosing entrepreneurship as a career choice. Practical Implication: It was found that attitude can predict career choice in this field through aspiration level among graduates. It is clear that attitude plays an important role in motivating an individual's career choice behaviour in entrepreneurship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-434
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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Keywords

  • Career choice
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Graduates

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Attitude towards choosing a career in entrepreneurship amongst graduates. / Othman, Norasmah; Ishak, Salmah Binti.

In: European Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 3, 10.2009, p. 419-434.

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