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Informing the career development of IT students by understanding their career aspirations and skill development action plans

McKenzie, Sophie, Coldwell-Neilson, Jo and Palmer, Stuart 2017, Informing the career development of IT students by understanding their career aspirations and skill development action plans, Australian journal of career development, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 14-23, doi: 10.1177/1038416217697972.

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Title Informing the career development of IT students by understanding their career aspirations and skill development action plans
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
Journal name Australian journal of career development
Volume number 26
Issue number 1
Start page 14
End page 23
Total pages 10
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-05-15
ISSN 1038-4162
Keyword(s) Career aspirations
Career development
Higher education
Information Technology
Career skills
Summary Attending university can assist students to make informed and realistic choices regarding their career. However, career development is a complex process and there are discipline-specific aspects to consider. In Information Technology, no clear career developmental pathway is evident in the literature despite recent efforts by employers, educators, and professional societies to help students improve their career expectations and employability upon graduation. This study aims to understand better the career aspirations and expectations of tertiary Information Technology students, so that their beliefs and needs can be taken into consideration when supporting them in career development. This study uses both qualitative and quantitative analyses to explore the career aspirations of 306 students. The results demonstrated variability in students’ short-term aspirations and a lack of understanding regarding effective actions to achieve their career goals, highlighting issues with setting realistic expectations. Outcomes show that undergraduate Information Technology students may require assistance with negotiating career choice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1038416217697972
Field of Research 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, Australian Council for Educational Research
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30096783

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