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n Gender and Behaviour - Gender differences in the anticipation of difficulties in finding employment among university students : a Botswana study

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1596-9231
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Abstract

A study investigated gender differences in the anticipation of difficulties in finding employment among 232 final-year undergraduate students at the University of Botswana. Compared to their male counterparts, female students worried significantly more that they might not find a job (p = 0.005) and that this might cause other problems in their life (p = 0.017). Male students were more likely to believe that they did not have to worry about finding a job while still at university (p = 0.003). Compared to male students, females were more likely to discuss their career plans with their friends (p = 0.001) and parents (p = 0.018). Both male and female students displayed a strong sense of external locus of control and causal attribution. They believed that "connections" with the "right people" would help them in getting a job. They blamed others, especially government, in case they could not get employment. The findings are discussed with regard to possible effects on students' job-searching behaviours.

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2008-12-01
2017-03-23

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