International Graduate Students’ Perceptions and Interest in International Careers

Bozionelos, Nikos, Bozionelos, Giorgos, Kostopoulos, Konstantinos, Shyong, Chwen-Huey, Baruch, Yehuda and Zhou, Wenxia (2015) International Graduate Students’ Perceptions and Interest in International Careers. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26 (11). pp. 1428-1451. ISSN 0958-5192

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adjustment,exposure and immersion,graduate students,interest,international careers,international students,labor market conditions,perceived barriers,self-efficacy,social cognitive career theory
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2014 10:34
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 23:17
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/49608
DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2014.935457

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