Entrepreneurship of young people and career paths. The state of affairs, determinants, consequences. Cover Image

Przedsiębiorczość ludzi młodych i ścieżki karier. Stan, uwarunkowania, konsekwencje
Entrepreneurship of young people and career paths. The state of affairs, determinants, consequences.

Author(s): Krzysztof Safin, Jacek Pluta
Subject(s): Business Economy / Management, Adult Education, Higher Education , Educational Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Methodology and research technology
Published by: Akademia Ignatianum w Krakowie
Keywords: entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial attitude; education for work; professional career;

Summary/Abstract: Research objective: The aim of the article is to interpret the reasons behind the failure of educational efforts to popularize the entrepreneurial path as a professional career model for young people. The research problem and methods: The key research problem is connected with determining the nature of the relationship between education and entrepreneurship by applying a model of empirical analysis based on the investigation of the attitudes and learning experiences of young people who are in the final stage of their education and those who have already acquired some experience in the labor market realizing their own model of professional career. The process of argumentation: The logic of reasoning is based on an empirical model in which the educational system is conceived as a set of experiences gained in the course of education confronted with professional paths young people actually pursue. The factor which moderates the relationship in question is entrepreneurship perceived as an aspiration to set up a business as a possible career path and a kind of social competence. RESEARCH RESULTS: The analyses resulted in the authors’ taking a critical view of the myths pertaining to entrepreneurship. The first myth regards the mistaken assumption that the kind of entrepreneurship related to setting up one’s own business is a better (ennobling) side of the young people’s activity in the labor market.The second myth is connected with the erroneous belief that teaching entrepreneurship primarily strengthens people’s willingness to set up their own businesses. Conclusions ,innovations and recommendations: Concluding, the authors recommend conducting further studies on entrepreneurship which will move beyond the notion of entrepreneurship as involving only the process of set-ting up one’e own business. Entrepreneurship needs to be conceived more in terms of an activity relating to how to succeed in the labor market (in life) than the willingness to set up one’s own business. Seeing entrepreneurship in such a way, one should also look differently at the knowledge transferred in the educational model which expresses itself in the concept of education for work, and which must take into account the diversity – non linearity – of educational paths designed to prepare young people to accumulate different experiences.

  • Issue Year: 15/2016
  • Issue No: 34
  • Page Range: 67-86
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish