The role of professional identity & self-interest in career choices in the emerging ICT workforce

Tsakissiris, Jane (2016) The role of professional identity & self-interest in career choices in the emerging ICT workforce. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The influence of professional identity and self-interest on the educational and career choices of the emerging Information and Communications Technology (ICT) workforce is considered in this thesis. Interviews were conducted with 52 ICT students from four Australian tertiary education institutions and the findings indicated that professional identity and self-interest should be considered together, rather than separately, to understand career decisions in relation to the ICT industry. Professional identity is associated with the accrual of symbolic resources including status and esteem, mastery, sense of belonging and attachment. By contrast, self-interest is associated with the perceived likelihood of the accrual of material (economic and social) resources.

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ID Code: 91646
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Grant-Smith, Deanna & McDonald, Paula
Keywords: professional identity, self-interest, career choice, information and communications technology, graduate employment
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2016 05:38
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2016 05:38

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