Parental Influence and Undergraduatesâ€™ Career Choice Intentions
Keywords:STEM careers, career choice, intention, parental influence.
AbstractThe 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 studentsâ€™ 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 studentsâ€™ 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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