Gen Z Shows Great Promise As Entrepreneurs, Says Survey

Last update: 17/03/2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 (Bernama) -- Generation Z, referring to those born between 1995 and 2009, showed great promise as entrepreneurs, according to a new survey by INTI International Universities and Colleges.

INTI chief executive officer, Rohit Sharma, said Gen Z were self-starters and they aimed to be entrepreneurs to carve out their own unique career paths.

"They are hungry to acquire skills such as creativity, time management, problem solving, teamwork and leadership," he told a press conference after unveiling the findings here Tuesday.

It was revealed that some 42 per cent of more than 500 respondents in the findings wanted to do something completely new when making career choices while 37 per cent hoped to turn their hobbies into a profession and 31 per cent wished to be entrepreneurs.

Interestingly, parents, athletes and political leaders were among those cited as role models by respondents, he said.

He said the survey was done because INTI realised that they would be the next generation of leaders and as a higher learning institution, it was important to understand the views of Gen Z.

This generation, he said, was also known as the "hyper-connected" generation as most spent an average of eight hours a day on the Internet, presenting new opportunities for key stakeholders such as parents, educator, business and policymakers to engage with them.

"We must work together to positively leverage on the various digital platforms to ensure today's youths successfully become the leaders of tomorrow," he said.