ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION ON ENTREPRENEURIAL INTENTION OF FRESH GRADUATES: A STUDY OF NYSC ORIENTATION CAMP, UMUNYA

Anah Stanley Arinze

Abstract


This study examined the influence of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial intention of
fresh graduates of tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Four proxy independent variables – creativity,
risk taking, opportunity recognition and innovation skill- and their impact on entrepreneurial
intention were examined. Four research questions and hypotheses were formulated in line with
the research objectives. Relevant literature was reviewed in line with the study. The survey
method was used to generate data from a sample of three hundred and sixty one (361) National
Youth Service Corps members who were deployed to Anambra State during the 2017/2018
service year. Data generated from the survey were analyzed using multiple regression technique
in order to assess the level of performance as well as establish the significance of the relationship
between the independent and dependent variables of the study. Four alternative hypotheses
formulated for the study were accepted. The findings of this study indicate that entrepreneurship
education influences the entrepreneurial intention in Nigerian graduates should be encouraged by
exposing graduates to more practical aspects of business like risk taking, opportunity recognition
and creativity.


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