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Cape Town – The 2016 PPS Student Confidence Index which surveyed over 1500 South African students revealed that they are least confident in exploring entrepreneurial opportunities (62%), or opening a private practice (62%) upon graduation, when compared to confidence in opportunities available to them in the formal sector (66%).

Motshabi Nomvethe, Technical Marketing Specialist at PPS, states that these results indicate that there is a need for tertiary institutions to actively promote entrepreneurship as an attractive and viable career opportunity among South Africa’s graduate students.

"It is however very positive to note that when asked whether students were confident that their degree sufficiently prepared them for their chosen profession, respondents revealed a confidence level of 84% - up from 76% recorded in 2015. The majority of students (60%) also indicated that it was more important for them to secure employment than to obtain a post-graduate degree," she says.

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