n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Investigating the importance of factors related to career choice

Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1019-567X



The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate individual, environmental and situational factors related to career choice in general, and initial career choice in particular. The research design comprised a conceptual model for examining hypotheses relating to career choice. A non-probability convenience sample (n = 272) was taken from job incumbents to measure their perceptions of various factors potentially related to career choice in general and particularly those applicable to initial career choice. A self-developed Likert-type questionnaire measured the importance of general career choice and initial career choice factors. Six career choice factors emerged from an exploratory factor analysis, of which and were most important. The results show that job incumbents' perceptions of their career choice factors in general are related to their perceptions of their initial career choice.

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