ASSESSMENT ON THE IMPACT OF ENTREPRENEUR STUDIES AMONG ND2 PARAMEDICS STUDENT

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ABSTRACT

The objective of this study is to assess the impact of entrepreneur studies among ND2 paramedics students, using Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic as a case study. Data was gathered from 500 students. The age of the respondents varied from 18 and above. Female respondents were greater than the males of which majority were married and some were single. It is observed from research that individual’s inputs (individual factors), environmental influences, economic influence and peer influence motivates an individual towards the pursuit of entrepreneurship.  Practical examples of entrepreneurship should be included more in classroom teaching. Many of the students show the intention of starting their own business when they graduate. It is therefore recommended that research should be carried out on more practical entrepreneurship due to students demands.

CHAPTER ONE:

INTRODUCTION

1.1 OVERVIEW

The concept of entrepreneurship has become vital as a result of constant and increasing economic problems especially unemployment (García-Rodríguez, 2017). Countries are motivated to increase the rate of entrepreneurship to promote economic and social well being (Peng et al.; 2012). Entrepreneurship and innovation are a priority on the political agenda of many countries (Bleaker et al.; 2006). There is an increasing interest in Entrepreneurship Education in Nigeria. More private Universities are including entrepreneurial education in their curriculum while public universities are making it as part of their general studies. With the growing population in Nigeria (currently about 200m) coupled with huge unemployment figures, there is a need for the government to encourage entrepreneurial education. Entrepreneurship education among students will increase entrepreneurship intentions. Students can then set up their businesses after their education. Tertiary institutions are expected to take centre stage in the process of continuous development of entrepreneurship in a Nation, to generate employment, and improve the economic development (Fatoki & Oni, 2014). Job creation will be enhanced by quality entrepreneurship education which will invariably reduce unemployment, poverty and social vices in Nigeria (Maina, 2013). Entrepreneurship, therefore, is a gateway to employment in view of volatile economic realities (Teshome, 2014).

The concept of entrepreneurship has become a widely-studied topic to which a great deal of importance is attached day by day as both individuals and countries need it to move forward. It is obvious that entrepreneurs who introduce creative and innovative business ideas in economic development and who start businesses which constitute the cells of economy are extremely valuable for countries in terms of their technology and innovation policies and these entrepreneurs are essential building blocks of countries’ economies (Acs et al., 2010).