13 : Professional Intentions of University Students: A Cross-Regional Comparison
The paper explores the prospective career paths of 988 university students from Eastern and Western Germany as well as from Portugal. It also analyses a series of influential factors for occupational choice. The findings reveal that just a small fraction of students is disposed to start a firm, and the vast majority have not yet made a decision. The impact of gender, age, course of study and social background is rather mixed. We found some general motivations for future entrepreneurs, predominantly of a non-economic nature. Several implications are presented. We especially make an argument for target-group oriented entrepreneurship education, although its importance should not be overestimated.