Study touts influence of entrepreneurship classes
Students who are interested in starting their own business may want to take a class on entrepreneurship, as a new study suggests that these courses can play a major role in shaping a person's future as they attempt to create their own company.
The study in question was conducted by researchers at a Massachusetts-based university, who surveyed 3,755 alumni about their histories following graduation. They found that taking two or three entrepreneurship classes had a major effect on a student's intention to enter that field.
Moreover, the authors of the report discovered that writing a student business plan was an important practice for students, as those who fulfilled this assignment were significantly more likely to become entrepreneurs.
"It's time to cast off the prejudiced question, 'Why teach entrepreneurship?,' because we now have excellent empirical evidence that it makes a difference," the researchers wrote in the study. "We think that entrepreneurship should be taught not only for the production and training of entrepreneurs but also to help students decide if they have the right stuff to be entrepreneurs before they embark on careers for which they may be ill-suited."
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