Influence of family and environment on students’ occupational choices and expectations of their prospective universities

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Nesrin Ozdemir
Ozge Hacifazlioglu
Cite this article:  Ozdemir, N., & Hacifazlioglu, O. (2008). Influence of family and environment on students’ occupational choices and expectations of their prospective universities. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 36(4), 433-446.


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This study was focused mainly on students’ expectations of their prospective universities, and the question of whether or not family background or social status affect their career decisions was investigated. The sample consisted of 2,459 students in their final year at high school from 17 different provinces and 182 high schools all around Turkey. Results show that parents and environment had a great influence on students’ occupational preferences. It was also found that students’ expectations of universities varied greatly according to their social status and family income.

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The authors would like to thank M. Sanver (M.B.A. candidate of Stanford University) for the valuable comments which he contributed to this study.

Appreciation is due to anonymous reviewers.

Ozge Hacifazlioglu, PhD, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Bahcesehir University, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey. Phone: +90 212 3810311; Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

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