Graduates Mean Business

Tackey N D, Perryman S | Report 357 | Institute for Employment Studies | Jun 1999

One of the key changes in employment patterns in the 1980s was the growth in UK self-employment, and the increase within this of particular groups.

There is little evidence on the extent to which self-employment has become an important career destination for new graduates. The graduate labour market is changing, and graduates can no longer expect stability and linear career progression in organisations. For some, self-employment offers further labour market opportunities. Success requires development of entrepreneurial and specific business skills.

This report focuses attention, among other things, on the support various stakeholders in higher education provide for students considering self-employment.