Pre-Professional Ideologies and Career Trajectories of the Allied Professional Undergraduate Student

Hosein, Anesa and Rao, Namrata (2017) Pre-Professional Ideologies and Career Trajectories of the Allied Professional Undergraduate Student. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 22 (2). pp. 252-270.

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Undergraduate students sometimes pursue degrees that are aimed at allied jobs. This research examines how students in one allied professional degree, Education Studies, conceptualise their pre-professional ideology and how these ideologies relate to their intended career trajectory. The research draws upon a year-long qualitative survey of over 70 undergraduates. Students’ professional ideology and career path were initially linked to the corresponding professional degree i.e. Teacher Education. Over the year, students’ conceptualisation of their pre-professional ideology changed but their career trajectory remained relatively constant. These findings imply students were conforming or socialising into the expectations of their allied professional discipline but did not have an expectation to follow that career path. The research findings have implications for helping students to be realistic about their career trajectory and ensuring that they are prepared for an appropriate job.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Research in Post-Compulsory Education [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Research in Post-Compulsory Education is available online at ""
Keywords: pre-professional ideology; career trajectory; Education Studies; allied professionals
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Namrata Rao
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 09:48
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 01:10

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