Career choice

Topics: Rational choice theory, Pharmacy, Employment Pages: 68 (9365 words) Published: December 8, 2013
Pharmacy Undergraduate
Students: Career Choices &
Expectations Across A
Four-Year Degree Programme

Keith Wilson, Jill Jesson, Chris Langley, Katie Hatfield and Laura Clarke.
Aston University

August 2006

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The research on which this report is based was commissioned by the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust funded with a grant from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. The research was undertaken by a team of researchers at Aston University. The views expressed in the report are those of the authors and not necessarily the commissioning body.

Published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain 1 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7JN

First Published 2006
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CONTENTS
1.

SUMMARY.................................................................................................................. 1

1.1

Context of the Study.................................................................................................... 1

1.2

UCAS Data Analysis ................................................................................................... 1

1.3

Survey ......................................................................................................................... 1

1.3.1

Motivations and Influences.......................................................................................... 1

1.3.2

Choice of School of Pharmacy .................................................................................... 2

1.3.3

Career Image .............................................................................................................. 2

1.3.4

Future Career Ambitions ............................................................................................. 3

1.3.5

Work Life Balances ..................................................................................................... 4

1.3.6

Influences of the School of Pharmacy (final year students only)................................. 4

1.4

Conclusions................................................................................................................. 5

2.

INTRODUCTION......................................................................................................... 7

2.1

The Study.................................................................................................................... 7

2.2

Design of the Study and Summary of the Literature ................................................... 7

2.2.1

Career Choice ............................................................................................................. 8

2.2.2

Rational Choice Theory............................................................................................... 8

2.2.3

Human Capital Theory ................................................................................................ 8

2.2.4

Bounded Rationality .................................................................................................... 9

2.2.5

Preference Theory ...................................................................................................... 9

2.2.6

Motivation.................................................................................................................... 9

2.2.7

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