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Self-motivation key to graduate entrepreneurs

Published: Wednesday, 17 October 2007   Category: Career Advice

A high level of self-motivation is vital to graduate entrepreneurs, a new survey has revealed.

Over nine out of ten small business bosses identified self-motivation as a key attribute in any aspiring entrepreneur, while self discipline, professionalism and confidence were also identified as important traits, according to the study undertaken by James Hay.

And the survey also revealed Sir Richard Branson and Sir Alan Sugar would be the most popular choice as an 'apprentice' amongst the owners of small and medium-sized businesses.

Shaun Sandiford, regional director, James Hay, commented: "Who better to have as apprentices than two people who left school to build multi-million pound business empires from the ground up?

"Entrepreneurs clearly recognise and respect the abundance of self motivation and drive that it took to get these two figureheads to where they are today," he added

Figures published by Barclays earlier in 2007 revealed low levels of graduate entrepreneurship, with over half of small business bosses not having degrees and 20 per cent being educated to GCSE level or below.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18321017-ADNFCR

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