Parental Influence and Undergraduates’ Career Choice Intentions


  • Tan Fee Yean School of Business Management, University Utara Malaysia, 06010 UUM Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia
  • Tay Lee Chin Graduate School of Business, SEGi University, 47810 Selangor, Malaysia



STEM careers, career choice, intention, parental influence.


The underrepresentation of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields has become a matter of grave concerns for many governments around the world, especially Malaysia, as STEM education is the key to economic progress. The aim of this study is to identify the effects of parental influence on undergraduate students’ career choices. For the purpose of this study, data were obtained with the use of structured questionnaires which were administered to 242 final year undergraduate students within STEM disciplines. The regression analysis revealed that continuous information and support from parents have a lasting positive impact on students’ interest in STEM careers. Results from this research can be useful for education policy-makers and carry valuable information for further research in education and career planning


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How to Cite

Yean, T. F., & Chin, T. L. (2019). Parental Influence and Undergraduates’ Career Choice Intentions. Sains Humanika, 11(2-2).