Intentions to Pursue a Career in Information Systems and Technology: An Empirical Study of South African Students

Abstract : This paper reports on a study of the IT career interests of 263 South African university students. Drawing primarily on social cognitive career theory, a number of variables were selected and their effects on student intentions to pursue an IT career and choice of major were examined. Results revealed very low IT career intentions amongst students. Occupational self-efficacy, computing experience, computer anxiety, computer self-efficacy, and perceived career rewards were found to be important factors. Student perceptions of the core introductory IS course are also strongly linked to their intentions. Demography (gender and race) had mostly indirect effects.
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Nicholas Reynolds; Márta Turcsányi-Szabó. IFIP TC 3 International Conference on Key Competencies in the Knowledge Society (KCKS) / Held as Part of World Computer Congress (WCC), Sep 2010, Brisbane, Australia. Springer, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, AICT-324, pp.56-66, 2010, Key Competencies in the Knowledge Society. 〈10.1007/978-3-642-15378-5_6〉
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Jason F. Cohen, Poonam Parsotam. Intentions to Pursue a Career in Information Systems and Technology: An Empirical Study of South African Students. Nicholas Reynolds; Márta Turcsányi-Szabó. IFIP TC 3 International Conference on Key Competencies in the Knowledge Society (KCKS) / Held as Part of World Computer Congress (WCC), Sep 2010, Brisbane, Australia. Springer, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, AICT-324, pp.56-66, 2010, Key Competencies in the Knowledge Society. 〈10.1007/978-3-642-15378-5_6〉. 〈hal-01054674〉

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