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Developing career aspirations of information technology students at Deakin University

McKenzie, Sophie, Coldwell-Neilson, Jo and Palmer, Stuart 2015, Developing career aspirations of information technology students at Deakin University, in HERDSA 2015: Proceedings of the 38th International Conference of Research and Development in Higher Education : Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World, HERDSA, Milperra, N.S.W, pp. 331-343.

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Title Developing career aspirations of information technology students at Deakin University
Author(s) McKenzie, SophieORCID iD for McKenzie, Sophie orcid.org/0000-0001-5803-640X
Coldwell-Neilson, JoORCID iD for Coldwell-Neilson, Jo orcid.org/0000-0002-3602-8334
Palmer, StuartORCID iD for Palmer, Stuart orcid.org/0000-0002-2517-0597
Conference name HERDSA Annual International Conference (38th : 2015 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 6-9 Jul. 2015
Title of proceedings HERDSA 2015: Proceedings of the 38th International Conference of Research and Development in Higher Education : Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World
Editor(s) Thomas, T.
Levin, E.
Dawson, P.
Fraser, K.
Hadgraft, R.
Publication date 2015
Start page 331
End page 343
Total pages 13
Publisher HERDSA
Place of publication Milperra, N.S.W
Keyword(s) career development
information technology
higher education
Summary It is important for students to develop informed and realistic career aspirations to gain the most value from their university studies towards achieving their initial career goals. However developing students’ career aspirations, goals, and expectations is a complex and discipline-specific process. In Information Technology (IT) no clear career development framework is evident in the literature. Recent research in Australia argues that electronic portfolios are a useful way for students to develop, articulate and document career objectives to enhance their employability. IT students at Deakin engage in formal training and assessment with respect to developing their professional skills and career understandings. Currently electronic portfolios feature as a useful method for evidencing professional competencies for employability. Through a combined quantitative and qualitative analysis of 306 students’ articulated current career aspirations, qualitative analysis of 7 staff opinions of desired student career competencies, and a quantitative analysis of 28 students’ current work personality traits assessments (Work Personality Index), this work presents an analysis of the current state of IT students’ career development. The results indicate that while students reported short-term career aspirations, navigating to their long-term career goals is going to require addressing difficult barriers such as confidence (self-perception) and motivation. This research will influence a larger program-wide endeavour to build student career competencies for employability in IT at Deakin University.
ISBN 9780908557967
Language eng
Field of Research 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio Economic Objective 930103 Learner Development
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080334

Document type: Conference Paper
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