Th-OR-S35-4 - Reflective Decision Making as a Process in the Academic Career Orientation: Turkish Postgraduate Education Scholars

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Career patterns and mobility
Th-OR-S35-4
Reflective Decision Making as a Process in the Academic Career Orientation: Turkish Postgraduate Education Scholars
Z. Mercan*, I. Isik 1
1Psychology, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
 
Content: This study aims to understand career choice of“Selecting and Appointing the Candidates to Send Abroad for Postgraduate Education” (YLSY) scholarship participants in Turkey and their reasoning for selecting academia.In this study, interviews were conducted to gain an enhanced understanding of the current candidates’ cognitions and emotions. Nine female and ten male participants were recruited using snowball and convenience sampling. The participants answered seven demographic and 23 semi-structured interview questions. The transcribed data were analysed using content analysis and the rational decision making steps were observed in the data. Five super-ordinate themes emerged that explain the decision making as a process. The first theme addressed “future planning during undergraduate education and its determinants”, the second theme questioned and showed how they “recognize the alternatives and comparison of options for academic career”. Next, the participants “evaluate the scholarship program” and the reasons behind their participation in it and then they “make a binding decision”. In the last step participants “reconsider their decision and deal with regret”. Results show that the academic career orientation is based on a decision making process and participants frequently revisit their career planning in accordance with opportunities and hurdles emerge over time.In summary, this study contributed to decisionmaking literature by examining the personal and social factors that affected the candidates of academic career in the beginning of their career path.Even if the target group is the participants of a particular scholarship program, results could generalize the other scholarship programs.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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