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Viktor Filonenko 1, Olga Mosienko 2, Alexey Magranov 1
  • 1 Southern Federal University, 116 Dneprovsky Ave, Rostov-on-Don, 344092, Russian Federation
  • 2 Southern Federal University, 160 Pushkinskaya Str., Rostov-on-Don, 344006, Russian Federation

Students’ Perceptions of Career Choices

2020. No. 1. P. 283–301 [issue contents]
Viktor Filonenko – Doctor of Sciences in Sociology, Professor, Institute of Philosophy and Social and Political Studies, Director of the Center for Social and Political Studies, Southern Federal University.

Address: 116 Dneprovsky Ave, 344092 Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation. E-mail: vfilonenko@sfedu.ru

Olga Mosienko – Candidate of Sciences in Sociology, Senior Lecturer, Department of Theoretical Sociology and Methodology of Regional Studies, Southern Federal University.

Address: 160 Pushkinskaya Str., 344006 Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation. E-mail: mosienko.olga@mail.ru

Alexey Magranov – Candidate of Sciences in Sociology, Senior Researcher, Center for Social and Political Studies, Southern Federal University.

Address: 116 Dneprovsky Ave, 344092 Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation. E-mail: alex_daredevil@mail.ru

This article explores college students’ perceptions of career choices using the data obtained in the cross-regional sociological monitoring study Contradictions and Paradoxes of Student Socialization in the Context of Transitivity of the Modern Russian Society (2016) and comparing its findings with those of similar studies conducted in 2006 and 2011. Perception of career as a means of personal development has been found to be the strongest career motivation for modern students, which improves their learning outcomes. However, students have little idea of the labor market situation and sector-specific demand, which results in job-education mismatch, oversupply in high-profile careers, shortages in other economic sectors, and graduate employment issues. Significant differences are revealed in perceived motivations for career choices between students and professors. Professional educators tend to underestimate the role of students’ interest in their prospective career and overestimate the role of external factors (parental influence, desire to obtain a diploma of higher education in no matter which field, etc.). Modern students, unlike their counterparts in the 1990s, seem to realize the correlation between their learning outcomes and their career success.
Citation: Filonenko V., Mosienko O., Magranov A. (2020) Predstavleniya studencheskoy molodezhi o professional'nom vybore [Students’ Perceptions of Career Choices]. Voprosy obrazovaniya / Educational Studies Moscow, no1, pp. 283-301.
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