Who struggles most in making a career choice and why?Findings from a cross-sectional survey of highschool students

Galliott, Natal'ya, Graham, Linda J., & Sweller, Naomi (2013) Who struggles most in making a career choice and why?Findings from a cross-sectional survey of highschool students. In Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference (AARE 2013), 1 - 5 December 2013, Adelaide, South Australia.

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This paper reports findings from an empirical study examining the influence of student background and educational experiences on the development of career choice capability. Secondary school students attending years 9-12 (N = 706) in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, were invited to participate in an online survey that sought to examine factors influencing their career choices. The survey included questions relating to student demographics, parental occupation, attitudes to school and to learning, student aspirations, and students’ knowledge of the further education or skills required to achieve their desired goal. We found no significant differences in the proportions of students who were “uncertain” of their future career aspirations with respect to their socio-educational background. There were, however, significantly more students struggling with career decision making from an English-speaking background in comparison to households where children spoke a language other than English. Those students were proportionally present in government and non-government schools and had some behavioural and attitudinal characteristics in common.

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ID Code: 69559
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Youth Aspirations, Empirical Research, Career Education and Development, Postschool Transitions
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2014 03:13
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2014 00:21

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