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Entrepreneur skills 'can be learned'

Published: Thursday, 27 November 2008   Category: Work Experience

A new study has indicated that the risk-taking skills which identify entrepreneurs as effective decision makers can be taught.

Undergraduate students interested in careers within the business sector may be interested in the findings of a University of Cambridge research project, which indicates entrepreneurs react differently to other managers in situations involving a risk element.

The study, led by Professor Barbara Sahakian, discovered that entrepreneurs were better decision makers, a quality which is likely to be beneficial as they found start-ups.

In order to improve business decision making, a new diploma in entrepreneurship is being offered at the university from September 2009.

Current students and graduates are being invited to apply for the course, which has been developed by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the Judge Business School and Professional Studies at the Institute for Continuing Education.

The University of Cambridge claims that the diploma may be useful for employers keen to develop the professional skills of staff.

Alison Church, senior conference and marketing manager at The World of Learning, recently called for greater legal provision to be made for graduates wishing to take time off work for training purposes.

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