Exploring factors that influence students’ career decision making at a South African University

African Journal of Career Development

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Title Exploring factors that influence students’ career decision making at a South African University
Creator Fernandes, Maria R. Rawatlal, Kamilla V.
Subject Psychology ecological systems theory; career decision making; young adults; South African context; third year psychology students.
Description Background: Student career decision-making has attracted research attention in the last two decades especially when it comes to choosing tertiary education. Exploring current experiences that influence undergraduate students in career decision making is seen as critical to informing career counselling practice and/or intervention. Such initiatives are seen to benefit academic institutions and academic advisors.Objectives: This study explored both individual and systemic influences through gauging the experiences of a sample of undergraduate students.Method: Utilising a qualitative design and a hermeneutic phenomenological approach, the research aimed to contribute to explore trends influencing career decision making of students in higher education, through semi-structured interviews and thematically analysing interview transcripts. The interview questions were explored in relation to the ecological systems framework.Results: The study identified both internal and external factors (themes) influencing the decision-making process of students in higher education. The application of an ecological systems approach was found to be best aligned to understanding this phenomenon in practice.Conclusion: Making a career decision can be a challenging task and individuals often face many difficulties prior to or during this process. Factors identified were located at both the individual level and systemic level of influences and highlighted the significance of ecological models to design intervention.Contribution: The role of different factors that influence young people’s career decision making in developing contexts such as South Africa, contributed to knowledge on informed approaches in career decision making to support career counsellors and academics in designing appropriate career counselling intervention to address contemporary realities.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor None
Date 2024-02-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajcd.v6i1.99
Source African Journal of Career Development; Vol 6, No 1 (2024); 11 pages 2617-7471 2709-7420
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa 2022 —
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Maria R. Fernandes, Kamilla V. Rawatlal https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0