Managing Entrepreneurial Mindset toward Bridging Skill Gap in Tertiary Education in Nigeria

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International Journal of Business Education, Sultan Idris University, Malaysia


An entrepreneurial mindset is a key factor in bridging the skill gaps. This study examines the relationship between positive mental attitude, creativity, self-confidence, and bridging skill gaps in Nigeria. A sample of 248 business education students was selected for the study. Data are collected using the “Entrepreneurial Mindset and Bridging of Skill Gaps Questionnaire” (EMBSGQ). Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient and multiple regression analysis have been used to test the hypotheses. The findings show that positive mental attitude, creativity, and self confidence significantly correlate and influence skill gaps. Therefore, it is recommended that lecturers continue to impact the habit of positive mental attitude skills in the mind of the students and make it become part of their attitude before going out into the labour market. Also, creativity must be a learning objective in the academic curriculum to encourage the students to establish new innovative skills in running a business. Furthermore, administrators of tertiary institutions should develop entrepreneurship education to provide life skills training and self-confidence for the students to help the students control their ability towards the achievement of stated entrepreneurship educational goals.



Positive Mental Attitude, Creativity, Self-Confidence, Skill Gaps, Nigeria