Case studies to enhance graduate employability: Entrepreneurship

Madelaine-Marie Judd, Shelley Kinash, Linda H Crane, Cecily Knight, Matthew McLean, Kirsty Mitchell, David Dowling, Rosalind Schwerdt, Caroline Lovell

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This is one in a series of case studies to enhance graduate employability. The theme of this case study is:

• Entrepreneurship (graduates in start-up businesses and graduates employed by entrepreneurs)

Entrepreneurship signifies an alternative means to traditional notions of graduate employability. Entrepreneurial start-ups are increasingly established by recent graduates as a means of self-employment. An educator described ethical entrepreneurship as “being able to work out when things are going wrong, in your own humble way, with your own level of intelligence and what you are born with, how to try to manage that situation in an efficacious fashion to help move it in a productive way forward.”
Two distinct advantages of entrepreneurship from the perspective of graduates and educators are that:
• Graduates do not have to rely on waiting for a job to find them. They can effectively “create value in that particular industry area” themselves.
• The world is becoming more uncertain with respect to employment. By grounding student knowledge in an entrepreneurial mindset, educators are effectively instilling students with the adaptability to tackle an uncertain marketplace. Embedding experiential projects in curriculum was recommended by interviewees as a means for students to develop business acumen and skills.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherAustralian Government Office for Learning and Teaching
Commissioning bodyAustralian Government Office for Learning and Teaching
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-1-76028-330-8
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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