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

Natal'ya Galliott, Linda J. Graham, Naomi Sweller

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-18
    Number of pages18
    JournalAARE 2013 conference proceedings
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventAustralian Association for Research in Education Conference - Adelaide
    Duration: 1 Dec 20135 Dec 2013

    Keywords

    • Youth Aspirations
    • Empirical Research
    • Career Education and Development
    • Postschool Transitions

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