A study of the career choices of college women

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A study of the career choices of college women


Author: Cheung, Vai-yi Elaine
Title: A study of the career choices of college women
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Women college students -- Employment -- China -- Hong Kong
Women -- Employment -- China -- Hong Kong
Discrimination in employment -- China -- Hong Kong
Sex discrimination against women -- China -- Hong Kong
Women -- China -- Hong Kong -- Social conditions
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: v, 99 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1469563
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/1685
Abstract: In spite of strong participation of women in the labour force, most of them are still in the truncated career range. To assess the factors that are pertinent to women's career decision making, the present study was conducted. Parental socioeconomic and attitudinal factors were postulated to have an indirect influence on career choices. Parental support, occupational identification, personal performance accomplishments, vicarious learning, and gender stereotypes were also hypothesized to be the direct antecedents of the choices. The proposed model was tested on a sample of female students majoring in the accountancy and nursing courses offered by a local university. After analyzing the data collected by the questionnaires, it was revealed that the accountancy students were more strongly influenced by the direct antecedents. It was substantiated that there existed remarkable differences between the traditional and nontraditional women. Yet, contrary to expectation, most of the parental variables failed to significantly predict women's career choices. The decline of parental influence was discussed in the light of relevance of the maternal model in career pursuits and the parental roles in the formation of gender stereotypes. Other agents that have potential impact on women's career decisions were suggested. Also, implications and limitations of the study were highlighted to guide interpretation of the findings.

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