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Undergraduates rush to follow Zuckerberg in search of billions

Many undergraduates already operate their own businesses while studying. Over 52,000 students currently run their own enterprise, in industries ranging from events promotion to software development and clothing design. 

The Millennials - or those born between 1980 and 2000 - are entrepreneurial, ambitious, confident in their own abilities and fiercely independent. Of those graduates planning to start their own business, 45% stated they were driven by the desire to be their own boss. Over a quarter, (27%) believe they will earn more money by starting their own enterprise than they could by working for someone else. A worry over suitable job opportunities has motivated a further 19% to contemplate starting their own company.

Male undergraduates display a greater entrepreneurial spirit than their female counterparts.  One in five (20%) male students plan to start their own enterprise post-university, compared to 11% of female undergraduates. Given the billion dollar valuations of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Larry Page’s and Sergey Brin’s Google, which were both started while the founders were at university, it is little wonder undergraduates  are inspired to set out on their own.      

Those studying creative, arts & design courses at university are more likely than any other student to start their own business. Over a quarter (26%) of those studying these courses plan to start their own company upon graduation. Those studying STEM subjects such as engineering, science and maths are the least likely (12%) of all the university disciplines surveyed to consider starting their own enterprise upon graduation.

Percentage of undergraduates planning to start their own business upon graduation divided by course:

1

Creative Arts & Design

26%

2

Medical & Dental

 17%

3

Business & Administration

16%

4

Law

16%

5

Life Sciences

14%

6

Other

14%

7

Human & Social

13%

8

STEM

12%

 

Jane Guaschi, business manager, at Direct Line for Business said, “This research goes to show that we are truly a nation of entrepreneurs. It’s encouraging to know that companies such as Google, Facebook, Wordpress, Asceno, and even Time Magazine, which were all founded by students at university, are inspiring the Millennial Generation to strike out on their own. The latest generation of graduates is clearly fiercely independent and wanting to control the destiny of their own careers, rather than answering to anyone else.”      

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