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International graduate students’ perceptions and interest in international careers

International graduate students’ perceptions and interest in international careers
International graduate students’ perceptions and interest in international careers
This research developed and tested a comprehensive model of the antecedents of international graduate students' interest in an international career. Based largely on Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT), the model included elements that pertain to perceptions of external constraints (perceptions of the labor market, family pressure to return), international student experience (adjustment in the foreign country during graduate studies, exposure and immersion to the international context) and individual factors (self-efficacy with respect to working abroad and outcome expectancy). Participants were 139 international graduate students in the UK. Individual factors and perceived constraints were directly related to interest in an international career. The factors that comprised current international student experience were indirectly related to interest via their relationship with self-efficacy, while adjustment moderated the relationship between self-efficacy and interest. Although the hypothesized moderating role of family pressure to return did not materialize, the findings suggest that perceptions of constraints play a more substantial role in the formation of interest than has been assumed by SCCT theory thus far. The findings are discussed with respect to their implications for the literature and for the policies of host country stakeholders.
adjustment, exposure and immersion, graduate students, interest, international careers, international students, labor market conditions, perceived barriers, self-efficacy, social cognitive career theory
0958-5192
1428-1451
Bozionelos, Nikos
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Bozionelos, Giorgos
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Bozionelos, Nikos, Bozionelos, Giorgos, Kostopoulos, Kostopoulos, Shyong, Chwen-Huey, Baruch, Yehuda and Zhou, Wenxia (2015) International graduate students’ perceptions and interest in international careers. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26 (11), 1428-1451. (doi:10.1080/09585192.2014.935457).

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This research developed and tested a comprehensive model of the antecedents of international graduate students' interest in an international career. Based largely on Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT), the model included elements that pertain to perceptions of external constraints (perceptions of the labor market, family pressure to return), international student experience (adjustment in the foreign country during graduate studies, exposure and immersion to the international context) and individual factors (self-efficacy with respect to working abroad and outcome expectancy). Participants were 139 international graduate students in the UK. Individual factors and perceived constraints were directly related to interest in an international career. The factors that comprised current international student experience were indirectly related to interest via their relationship with self-efficacy, while adjustment moderated the relationship between self-efficacy and interest. Although the hypothesized moderating role of family pressure to return did not materialize, the findings suggest that perceptions of constraints play a more substantial role in the formation of interest than has been assumed by SCCT theory thus far. The findings are discussed with respect to their implications for the literature and for the policies of host country stakeholders.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 22 July 2014
Published date: February 2015
Keywords: adjustment, exposure and immersion, graduate students, interest, international careers, international students, labor market conditions, perceived barriers, self-efficacy, social cognitive career theory
Organisations: Southampton Business School

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Local EPrints ID: 377458
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377458
ISSN: 0958-5192
PURE UUID: 3037272e-9c73-4119-9c5c-de6733325509
ORCID for Yehuda Baruch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0678-6273

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Date deposited: 10 Jun 2015 13:46
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:39

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Author: Nikos Bozionelos
Author: Giorgos Bozionelos
Author: Kostopoulos Kostopoulos
Author: Chwen-Huey Shyong
Author: Yehuda Baruch ORCID iD
Author: Wenxia Zhou

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